Last week, my brother and his wife had the craziest thing happen to them. It was certainly the scariest thing that has ever happened to anyone in my family.
After being interviewed by the police, Rebecca took their sweet dog to the vet, where they treated her for her gunshot wound and prepared her for surgery. Days and several hours of surgery later, Nova survived! The bullet went in through her snout and out her jaw. She lost part of her tongue and still has a bit of a road to recovery ahead of her, but it is a miracle that she survived.
She is a hero to us all!! Because the gunmen shot her and had made such a loud noise in a small neighborhood, they were forced to flee and were unable to come into my brother's house where he and his wife were hiding. I think my brother said it best when he said, "My dog literally took a bullet for me."
There are so many questions my brother and his wife still have, and unfortunately they will most likely never get answers - because the shooters were never caught. Police are unsure if it was meant to be a robbery or a home invasion, but there are some take-away's from the experience that we can all learn from.
(1) Put lights everywhere on the front of your house. Put one on your patio. Put one on your garage. Put one on any side gates anyone can get to. And DO NOT TURN them off when you go to bed.
(2) Get an alarm. Better yet, get a panic button that can be pushed, in order to immediately notify the police (Rebecca's phone shattered during a moment of complete panic and they didn't have any way to call 911).
(3) Lock your side gates so that no one can get into your yard (where they can break into your house without being seen from the street).
(4) Get a hero dog! I'm only kidding about that last one, but a friend of mine whose dad is a retired police officer said that small yippy dogs are actually the best because they make a lot of noise and are hard to catch.