I have a very sad story to share that just happened to me over the past 24 hours. Last night, my dog got sprayed by a skunk visiting a family members house that my family has been staying with. We left him outside on a leash connected to the wall so he couldn't get loose. We would leave him on there all of the time. Five minutes later, me and my brother get in the car to go get something to get rid of the smell on his fur. Just as we are about to turn down the street, we see my dog walking along a very busy road. I froze in horror and panicked, I didn't know what to do. Me and my brother get out of the car, and my dog sees and hears us. He started running across the street, and to my horror he gets ran over. he layed there helplessly while I immediately started screaming and crying. My mom picked him up off of the street and brought him inside. We took him to an animal hospital right away where they said he might be fine. Turns out he had a broken leg and his hips were displaced and would need a FHO procedure. My family just recently lost our house due to foreclosure, and my brother got into a motorcycle accident which drained a lot of money as well. We didn't know how we were going to pay for it, but knew we would do anything to save our dog. he stayed there overnight and the vet called us this morning with bad news. His leg would not go back into place and he had arthritis in his hips that was just recently developed, the only choice we had was to have him suffer through surgery and never be able to even walk again, or put him to sleep. Of course, loving our dog so much and not wanting him to be in pain, we had to put him to sleep. I didn't even get to say bye, just because I was and still am completely and absolutely horrified and devestated. I still have the image of seeing him getting ran over, and the moments after it happend. I have never been through something this tragic and my dog will be missed. He was my only dog and was 11 years old, I grew up with him as a child. I am 20 now. This is extremely difficult and I don't know if I will ever recover. I am just so sad and horrified that he had to go this way, he was a member of my family that will truley be missed and he was the best dog a family could ask for. He was just made for us. RIP Buddy.