I dare you to try to get through Faustus' story, Stray Voltage, without crying! And, afterward, you might want to give some thought to how you would respond in an emergency with your dog. Here are some things to think about:
Can you pick your dog up to get him in the car without help if he is immobilized? I can't - Chance and Buddy are 80 and 85 lbs. Here are the two plans I have if I ever have an emergency and I'm alone with them. Get my bedspread and drag them to the car or get a wheelbarrow and roll them. I think it would be harder for me to pick one of them up and into the wheelbarrow so the bedspread is my main plan.
Do you know where the closest veterinarian is? What about the closest emergency veterinarian? What are their hours of operation? In addition to dog training, my company provides pet sitting services. All of our pet sitters get detailed, turn-by-turn directions from the client's house to the client's veterinarian, the closest veterinarian, and the closest emergency veterinarian. We want to be able to grab our info sheet and go.
You may also want to see if you can find a pet first aid course to take so you know what to do in an emergency. Check with the Red Cross in your area for classes. You'll need to know things like how to muzzle your dog for safety - as Faustus did, it is not uncommon for a dog that is frightened and in pain to bite those who are trying to help him. And, you may learn enough to keep your head cool and to help someone out like the bystanders in this story!
Cara, Austin Dog Trainer