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Washington Family Believed Puppy Died After Accident, Finds Him Alive (VIDEO)

Offbeat  (tags: family, pet, puppy, scamp, dead, alive, goodnews, video )

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Reta and Paul McKinlay weren't quite sure how to break the news to their grandchildren. Their 8-month-old Yorkshire Terrier-Shih Tzu mix, Scamp, had escaped from their yard in Yelm, Wash. and was hit by a car. Assuming Scamp was dead and waiting until


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Ginger Geronimo (438)
Friday December 16, 2011, 8:53 am
The idiots didn't even check to see if the dog was alive? People like this shouldn't have animals.

Barb K (1686)
Friday December 16, 2011, 8:53 am
Happy Friday everyone!!

Barb K (1686)
Friday December 16, 2011, 8:55 am
I agree Ginger! That'd be the first thing I'd do!

Elvina A (92)
Friday December 16, 2011, 8:57 am
Wow, they must have been really shocked! Hopefully Scamp will not run away any more.

Maggie S (40)
Friday December 16, 2011, 9:19 am
I would have checked thorougly to see if the dog had any vital signs. I guess if you are shocked enough you may overlook doing such a thing, but, you owe it to the pet. I am glad the dog recovered and that they were responsible enough to take him to a vet for treatment even though the bill was high. Good for them not giving up right then as they had already told the kids the dog had died, so, it would have been easy to just euthanize the little guy. I have to give them credit for the successful effort here.

zora b (85)
Friday December 16, 2011, 11:13 am
Lovely story.

. (1)
Friday December 16, 2011, 3:14 pm
Thanks Barb.

. (0)
Friday December 16, 2011, 3:19 pm
Although I question the owners declaring the dog dead, I'm glad it worked out .

Barb K (1686)
Friday December 16, 2011, 3:31 pm
Yes, I question the owners' decision too, Allan....but I'm very happy for Scamp's sake, that he was smart enough to speak up and say: 'hey you guys! I'm okay....I'm not dead!'

Evelyn B (79)
Friday December 16, 2011, 3:42 pm
Noted Tks Barb..Whatever this is a happy all that matters...

Liz NO FWDS G (60)
Friday December 16, 2011, 4:12 pm
Noted and such a cute little dog,heartwarming story with a happy ending...Thank you dear Barbcat for the posting.Liz Xx

Past Member (0)
Friday December 16, 2011, 4:15 pm
We need these encouragements.

Thank you.

Constance F (418)
Friday December 16, 2011, 4:32 pm
I am so glad the pup survived! I do find the story a bit bizarre. And yes, I can understand if someone was in a great state of shock and just made the assumption the little pup was dead, but why would you leave your presumably dead dog outside? Maybe they didn't want to upset the children? I can't ever imagine leaving my beloved dead pet outside under a wheel barrel. O no. When my dog passed, he was on his bunk bed inside the house all night long until I could give him a proper burial in the morning. Very odd to me, but maybe that's just me.

Anne Settanni (152)
Friday December 16, 2011, 4:34 pm
thank you for this good news story on a Friday-I needed it!!!!

Diane Stollger (40)
Friday December 16, 2011, 4:47 pm
Wow! What a lucky puppy this little guy is. I wouldn't be so hard on the owners though. I imagine the
Scamp must have looked dead. And they must have been upset and shocked. Hopefully they will make sure he stays out of the street from now on.

Sarah G (109)
Friday December 16, 2011, 4:58 pm
Glad he's ok

Pat B (356)
Friday December 16, 2011, 6:50 pm
Glad that this had a happy ending, that Scamp is okay, and the grandkids are happy. Odd tho', the circumstances. Thank you, Barb for this. Happy Weekend, everyone...xox

Lydia S (155)
Friday December 16, 2011, 8:29 pm
Good news indeed ! That family must be thanking God !

Janet D (10)
Friday December 16, 2011, 9:07 pm
There's been times people have been pronounced dead too, only to stir back mto life later. Oviously it is some type of thing our bodies do during trauma. We can appear dead, heartbeats can be almost non-existant, be in a coma-like state. Apparently the dog was knocked unconscious and this was what happened. Don't fault the owner's for not noticing life sign. They were in shock and grief and obviously not as aware at that time of loss.

Ingrid A (524)
Friday December 16, 2011, 9:31 pm
Awesome news that the puppy is alive. Its noted.

Elsie Au (259)
Friday December 16, 2011, 10:11 pm
I am glad that the dog survived.

Kim O (396)
Friday December 16, 2011, 11:34 pm
Wow. Bad pet parents. I think it's a bit odd they left him out in the cold like that! It's a PUPPY! Sneak him into the basement or something. Have some respect for the poor little thing!!!! Weird. Sooo glad this little baby survived the attack of the boneheads! Maybe this smartened them up a bit. Fingers XXXX little dog. Thanks Barb!

Kim O (396)
Friday December 16, 2011, 11:36 pm
PS......It's not just you Constance

. (0)
Saturday December 17, 2011, 9:18 am
the owners should have been paying more attention to their dog.........

Past Member (0)
Saturday December 17, 2011, 9:24 am
Thank you for happy ending story
Strange they even made ​​sure that dog really is dead

Past Member (0)
Saturday December 17, 2011, 10:09 am
Thank God for another beautiful ending to a story, when so many don't end that way!

Lisa A (204)
Saturday December 17, 2011, 10:51 am
I can't believe that after being hit by a car, this poor baby was left outside in the cold. I understand they thought he had passed, but poor thing! I am glad Scamp is doing well & wish this lil guy a full recovery! Thanks Barb xoxo.

Lydia S (71)
Saturday December 17, 2011, 10:54 am
Ginger wrote: "The idiots didn't even check to see if the dog was alive? People like this shouldn't have animals."

That is a very harsh statement! A little tiny dog breed getting hit by a car -- I wouldn't expect the little guy to survive. Vital signs can be hard to see on a tiny anima. And as Janet D commented: "There's been times people have been pronounced dead too, only to stir back mto life later."

My mom was declared dead & my dad was on his way to pick up her remains. My dad had a long drive to pick her up or who knows what would have happened. My mom "woke up" wondering why she was wrapped in a sheet, in the basement of the hospital. She walked up to the nurses' station & asked for a blanket ... You can imagine the pandemonium, LOL! One nurse passed out, another ran screaming down the hall. My dad came in & asked what sick person told him his wife was dead -- til he saw the death certificate with the doctor's signature! This was in 1948. My mom just celebrated her 89th birthday! YES, it does happen, though it cannot always be explained!

The fact that they rushed the dog to the vet indicates they were caring pet owners. The vet said the puppy was actually saved by being left outside. The cold temps prevented any brain swelling, slowed down his metabolism & saved his life.

Amazing story!

Beth M (138)
Saturday December 17, 2011, 12:27 pm
Wonderful Christmas story!

Isabelle J (81)
Saturday December 17, 2011, 1:07 pm
Glad he survived!

O O (0)
Saturday December 17, 2011, 3:47 pm
WOW! This is a true Christmas Miracle.

Fiona Ogilvie (562)
Saturday December 17, 2011, 8:12 pm
Lovely story. So perfect for the holiday season. Thanks, Barb.

Carmen S (611)
Sunday December 18, 2011, 6:47 am
happy he is still alive, thanks for sharing this Barb

Lisa Zarafonetis (168)
Sunday December 18, 2011, 11:27 pm

Elizabeth P (99)
Tuesday December 20, 2011, 5:52 pm
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, that is good news.

Victoria B (21)
Friday December 30, 2011, 3:42 pm
These pet owners seem pretty careless. They assumed the dog was dead and threw him under a wheelbarrow. Did they even check for signs of life?
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