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Injured dog finds way to hospital - (Hold muh leash)
AP ^ | July 9, 2003 | AP

Posted on 07/10/2003 6:14:11 AM PDT by Damocles

Edited on 04/13/2004 2:10:28 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) It was canine intuition when an injured black Labrador retriever did a doggone good job of getting medical attention.

The dog, apparently struck by a car on July 4, found his way to Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital, hobbled through the sliding glass doors and waited for assistance in the hallway.


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For all you dog lovers...
1 posted on 07/10/2003 6:14:11 AM PDT by Damocles
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2 posted on 07/10/2003 6:16:06 AM PDT by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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To: Damocles
Its straight out of the Twilight Zone. I mean talk about supernatural knowledge. How does man's best friend even know what a hospital is? The beasts are said to lack souls and sentience. Well then how does one explain this? Its eerie.
3 posted on 07/10/2003 6:17:09 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop; Damocles
It's a black lab about seven years old... is it possible it is a retired seeing eye dog or something of the sort? It could easliy explain how the dog new to go to the hospital.
4 posted on 07/10/2003 6:20:15 AM PDT by 4mycountry (Over-achiever extraordinare!)
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To: goldstategop
I'm a dog lover. Never met a dog I didn't like or want to keep. At one time I owned 26 dogs. While I'm sorry the dog got hit, this is a happy story to start out my day with. If the vet can't find the dogs owner I hope someone at the hospital will adopt this wonderful creature. BTW, dogs do have souls. I've seen and heard one of my dearly departed.
5 posted on 07/10/2003 6:23:12 AM PDT by proudofthesouth
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To: msdrby
chelsea ping
6 posted on 07/10/2003 6:26:50 AM PDT by Prof Engineer (I'm a man, But I can change, If I have to, I guess)
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To: goldstategop
This sounds like the dog in the Dean Koontz novel. Can't remember the name right now but it his best book, IMO.
7 posted on 07/10/2003 6:29:12 AM PDT by SwatTeam
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To: Support Free Republic
I am glad the dog found its way, but it was pure luck.
8 posted on 07/10/2003 6:29:25 AM PDT by since1868
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To: SwatTeam
That would be "Dragon Tears" with the dog named Woofer. Good read.
9 posted on 07/10/2003 6:33:33 AM PDT by Damocles (sword of...)
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To: proudofthesouth
I do not know whether animals have souls. I know from observation that animals, especially those domesticated by man, have intelligence. Their level of intelligence does not approach man's, but they are capable of complex feelings and extensive memory.

As to souls, well; I have known animals who'se personality and friendship I treasured more than most humans I have met. While not a dog person (I am a cat person), I recognize those traits I love in my cats are also in dogs (however, I must proclaim cat superiority, they would if they could type). I would hope that when I pass God would grant that I would be reunited with my special cat friends who have passed before me.

10 posted on 07/10/2003 6:35:36 AM PDT by Dogrobber
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To: RottiBiz
dawg ping
11 posted on 07/10/2003 6:37:01 AM PDT by glock rocks (remember, only YOU can prevent fundraisers. become a monthly donor.)
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To: Dogrobber
Ping for Leonard!
12 posted on 07/10/2003 6:41:14 AM PDT by bluesagewoman
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To: Damocles
Black labradors are wonderful dogs, they are calm, loyal and gentle with children. I have a wonderful photo of my son at 18 months with his grandmother's black lab. He tossed a tennis ball to play with Scuzzy, the dog returned with the ball, but held it in his teeth. No problem, my toddler son tugged on Scuzzy's lower jaw, stuck his hand in and removed the ball. They continued playing for hours afterwards. Black labs are great and learn quickly.

The hospital workers were excellent in taking care of the injured lab.

13 posted on 07/10/2003 6:41:31 AM PDT by xJones
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To: proudofthesouth
"At one time I owned 26 dogs."

....mom...?

14 posted on 07/10/2003 6:42:19 AM PDT by dogbrain
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To: dogbrain
LOL
15 posted on 07/10/2003 6:58:46 AM PDT by ImaGraftedBranch (Education starts in the home. Education stops in the public schools)
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To: dogbrain
Thanks for a great big laugh.
16 posted on 07/10/2003 7:02:28 AM PDT by Bahbah
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To: Dogrobber
I do not know whether animals have souls.

The answer is yes. However, they don't have 'immortal' souls. The definition of the word 'soul' according to the theological aspect is 'that which gives life'. The soul is the animating and vital factor which leaves at the time of death.

Humans have immortal souls.

17 posted on 07/10/2003 7:37:14 AM PDT by Slyfox
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To: Slyfox
lemme see...

A 50 year-old (people years) apparently homeless black lab,
run down in the street,
drags his po' self to the sawbones,
an' lays down quietly on the flo'.

Not only does he have "soul", he's ready to sing the blues.

18 posted on 07/10/2003 7:52:50 AM PDT by dogbrain ("I gots road rash on my brisket / Been cravin' a triscutt.....")
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To: SwatTeam
Einstein.
19 posted on 07/10/2003 7:55:47 AM PDT by Joe Driscoll
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To: rintense
FYI
20 posted on 07/10/2003 8:03:18 AM PDT by ChefKeith (NASCAR...everything else is just a game!)
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To: Damocles

Hurt hound hobbles into hospital

By Bev Davis/Register-Herald senior Editor

Dr. Roger Ward, doctor of veterinary medicine at Beckley Veterinary Hospital, answered the call Friday to treat this 45-pound lab mix that limped into Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital after apparently being hit by a car on Stanaford Road. B-ARH is footing the vet bill and hopes to find either the dog's owner or a good home for the hapless pooch. (C.L. Garvin/The Register-Herald)
 

Since there's no veterinary clinic on Stanaford Road, an injured dog opted for the next best thing - a hospital for humans.

The black lab mixed breed, apparently hit by a car about 10:30 p.m. on the Fourth of July, limped up to the sliding glass doors at the front of Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital. The canine triggered the automatic sensors and sought help in the hallway between Admissions and the pharmacy.

"It's the darndest thing," said B-ARH Marketing Director Ted Weigel. "The dog limped in and laid down where people could see it. It seemed to know exactly where to go for help."

Although the unlucky pup couldn't provide proof of insurance, the staff couldn't find it in their hearts to turn him away.

"There's no way they were going to put an injured animal back on the street. The staff gave it some water and called administrative personnel who told them to find a veterinarian to come and pick up the dog, and that B-ARH would foot the bill," Weigel said.

Dr. Roger Ward was the vet on call at the Beckley Veterinary Hospital. He went to pick up the dog.

"It isn't unusual to see injuries on holiday weekends, especially on the Fourth of July. Dogs especially are afraid of fireworks and a lot of times they run away and get hit by a car," Ward said.

There's no telling how this dog was hurt, but some of his injuries are consistent with those of colliding with a vehicle.

"It has some road burns and scrapes," Ward observed, "but it has some type of penetrating trauma that caused a puncture wound in the front carpal joint, which is comparable to a human's wrist area."

The wound had become infected, causing the dog to limp.

"When I first saw the dog, I thought it had a broken leg, but there's a hole there that's more consistent with something like an animal bite," Ward said.

The dog is being treated for hook worms and ear mites and will be neutered before it leaves the hospital.

Ward said the male dog is about 7 years old, weighs 45 pounds and is mild-tempered.

"He is incredibly calm and patient. He has a wonderful temperament. He's very gentle and he's been easy to treat," Ward said.

The vet and B-ARH officials hope to find either the dog's owner or a home for the pooch.

"If we can find its owner, the dog can leave the hospital today. If not, we hope he will find a good home soon," Ward said.

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bdavis@register-herald.com


21 posted on 07/10/2003 8:13:42 AM PDT by csvset
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To: Damocles
Labs are great. My Black Lab has kept out an intruder and watched kids his whole life. If one of our sons had a hard time waking up you just had to ask the dog to go get them. Dudley would always root the requested child out of bed.
When we lost our best human friend to an accident I offered to wash his belongings that were with him when he died to spare his wife the pain. As soon as I opened the plastic bag our dog howled then he settled in to a cry that lasted until I was finished cleaning everything. That spooked me out.
22 posted on 07/10/2003 8:14:49 AM PDT by armymarinemom
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To: csvset
"...and will be neutered before it leaves the hospital."

...WHOA THERE!!!

You call that place a HOSPITAL?!

23 posted on 07/10/2003 8:21:45 AM PDT by dogbrain ("Somehow, somewhere along the line I seem to have lost something...")
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To: goldstategop
Its straight out of the Twilight Zone. I mean talk about supernatural knowledge. How does man's best friend even know what a hospital is? The beasts are said to lack souls and sentience. Well then how does one explain this? Its eerie.

It's not all that eerie. A dog who has gotten medical attention at a vets might connect feeling ill with assistance at such a location.

Couple that with a dog's incredible nose, and the dog may have sniffed out medical supplies, which it connected with assistance and healing in it's mind.

It's not eerie, it's just a pretty intelligent and observant dog.

24 posted on 07/10/2003 8:25:41 AM PDT by Lazamataz (PROUDLY POSTING WITHOUT READING THE ARTICLE SINCE 1999!)
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To: Slyfox
Humans have immortal souls.

Humans have short, brutal existances, then nothing.

25 posted on 07/10/2003 8:27:02 AM PDT by Lazamataz (PROUDLY POSTING WITHOUT READING THE ARTICLE SINCE 1999!)
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To: Dogrobber
Dogrobber

STAY AWAY FROM MY DOG.

Well, I don't have a dog yet. But I will. AND THEN YOU STAY AWAY FROM IT.

26 posted on 07/10/2003 8:28:39 AM PDT by Lazamataz (PROUDLY POSTING WITHOUT READING THE ARTICLE SINCE 1999!)
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To: Damocles
That would be "Dragon Tears" with the dog named Woofer. Good read.

I thought it was THe Watchers or something like that. Anyway I really liked the book and wished I had a dog like that.

27 posted on 07/10/2003 8:39:15 AM PDT by SwatTeam
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To: Lazamataz
Humans have short, brutal existances, then nothing.

Laz,
You must be a big hit at parties. Do people say that you sound like Eyeore?

28 posted on 07/10/2003 10:12:20 AM PDT by Joe Driscoll
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To: SwatTeam
Do I get extra points for answering the question twice?(see #19)
29 posted on 07/10/2003 10:16:45 AM PDT by Joe Driscoll
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To: Lazamataz
Don't worry, I don't "rob" dogs in the sense that I would take a dog from another person. I am an attorney, that means that I would rob from a dog if I had to.

Of course dogs rarely have anything really good to steal.

30 posted on 07/10/2003 10:41:37 AM PDT by Dogrobber
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To: Dogrobber
One dogs turds are another dogs treasure.

Right?

31 posted on 07/10/2003 10:48:01 AM PDT by dogbrain
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To: Joe Driscoll
Do I get extra points for answering the question twice?

You have a much better memory than I do. It took me until now to remember that. And I wasn't really sure if I remembered it right or no so I looked it up on Amazon and the name of the book was "Watchers" and Einstein it was. When you get to be as forgetful as I am you can read the same good books over and over.

32 posted on 07/10/2003 1:45:21 PM PDT by SwatTeam
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To: goldstategop
The only animal that truly DOES have a soul is a dog. No greater friend hath man than his dog.
33 posted on 07/10/2003 1:47:06 PM PDT by ought-six
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To: dogbrain
No, I think one CAT's turds are another dog's treasure..
34 posted on 07/10/2003 1:49:49 PM PDT by frodolives (Moose bites can be pretti nasti)
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To: frodolives
I stand corrected.

(I thought they were a bit "off"...)

35 posted on 07/10/2003 2:19:31 PM PDT by dogbrain
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To: dogbrain

I live in Beckley. Its surprising that B-ARH (the hospital) did help the dog. I bet they made him sign a medicaid waiver. Nah we are proud of the hospital though for saving the pooch.


36 posted on 09/04/2004 2:26:10 AM PDT by bwkelly ("The True Mouth of the South")
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To: csvset
and that B-ARH would foot the bill," Weigel said.

...

The dog ... will be neutered before it leaves the hospital.

There's always a catch! Remember to read the fine print!

37 posted on 09/04/2004 2:34:11 AM PDT by xm177e2 (Stalinists, Maoists, Ba'athists, Pacifists: Why are they always on the same side?)
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