Thursday, January 29, 2015

Intruders Shot their Dog

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.

At around 11pm on a Sunday night, their doorbell rang. When my brother went to the door, peeking through the peephole, he found there was a man standing on his porch, who was clearly there to rob them (or worse!). He silently ran back into the bedroom to get his wife out of bed and they attempted to hide and keep themselves safe. Seconds later, they heard a gunshot by their backdoor and heard their dog cry-out. After a second or two, she stopped crying and my brother and his wife assumed their beautiful dog had been killed. Not knowing what to do, and fearing for their life, they ran out of the house, down the street, and attempted to hide in the front yard of a neighbor's house. Three men followed them and started shouting at them. My brother and Rebecca were petrified, thinking that these were the men who had broken into their house and shot their dog. Thankfully, it was actually the neighbors who had followed them (thinking they were the people responsible for the gunshot they had heard). When it was safe to do so, they went back to the house and yard to search for their hero dog and couldn't find her anywhere outside. Nova had come inside the house and was sitting by their front door. She had been shot in the head, but was alive!

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.


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