“Pretzel, Leroy and Sport Saved My Daughter,” by Dorothy McClary

By Guest Contributor November 7, 2016 16:41

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Pretzel and friends

Pretzel and friends

Pretzel, Leroy and Sport Saved My Daughter

By Dorothy McClary

Lorrie Sue was coming down to my house for her usual morning coffee and breakfast, and was a bit late.

Her little dog “Leroy” came running down to me barking a lot. Leroy does not usually bark at anything. He barked and ran up the driveway, then back to me, then up the driveway again. I decided to follow him because of the unusual behavior. I started up the driveway after him, when I heard a sort of peacock sound. I continued up the driveway when I saw the garden tractor off of the driveway and into the field area, it was sort of in a different position. I then realized that the sound I was hearing was coming from the tractor, and I ran.

Our daughter Lorrie Sue was pinned under the tractor with her left leg under the back wheel, and her right leg up and over the seat with the right pant leg caught on the opposite side of the tractor and she could not get it off. “Sport” was trying to bite the tire to pull the tractor and “Pretzel” was sitting next to Lorrie licking her face.

Leroy

Leroy

I do not know how I did it, but I was able to unhook her right pant leg, and then lift the tractor up, (the wheels are weighted with water) so she could get her leg out from under the wheel. Leroy and Sport could hardly contain themselves jumping all over Lorrie and Pretzel just leaned against her. They helped me get Lorrie off the ground and on the tractor because she could barely walk, then down to the house where I checked her leg.

Sport

Sport

I woke up her father and we took Lorrie to Sonora Hospital Emergency where they decided after x-rays that she had fractured her ankle in two places and the long bone in her leg. They put her in a temporary cast until she saw the orthopedist and he placed her in a removable cast and told her to keep all pressure and weight off the leg for several weeks. Then he re-x-rayed it and placed her leg in a plaster cast.

We fed the dogs very good for a couple of weeks. If it wasn’t for them, I do not know how long it would have been before we found Lorrie.

Pretzel is about 11 years old and a Shepard/Wolf mix, Pretzel is the son of a neighbor’s dog who adopted Lorrie Sue in 2005. Leroy is Jack Russel/Queensland, about 2 years old and then Sport is Australian/Queensland a year and a half. Both pups are rescues. I believe they all returned the unconditional love she has and still gives them.

By Guest Contributor November 7, 2016 16:41
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