Edward’s unlucky accident brought him into our care and then the loving arms of Roz and her dad Tony...
Looking at Edward now, with his head rested on his owner’s lap as he enjoys a good chin scratch, it’s hard to believe this is the same dog we first met abandoned and injured by the roadside several months before.
Edward is lucky to be alive after he was hit by at least two cars.
Dazed and confused after being hit once, the young dog crossed the path of another car, causing the driver to slam on her brakes. Though she tried to avoid him,
Edward was disorientated from his first encounter with a car, and the second clipped his body.
Luckily for Edward, a member of the Blue Cross team was driving home on a day off and came upon the incident as it unfolded.
Julie Stone, Operations Manager, told of the horrific situation she encountered as she made her way from an art exhibition one Sunday: “There was a queue of traffic ahead, and I realised there was a dog in the road and no one knew what to do.
“The lady who hit him was very upset. He had just run into the road out of nowhere and was staggering around as if he had been hit once already.”
Julie sprang into action and, with help from other motorists, lifted the limp dog into her car. Edward had been injured not too far from our Burford rehoming centre, so Julie knew the local area and location of an emergency vet.
The journey there, while not far, seemed like an age. She phoned ahead to the veterinary surgery to make sure Edward would receive emergency treatment on arrival.
She said: “I thought he was going to die in the back of my car. He just lay there motionless, his gums were pale and he was frothing at the mouth.”
Julie explained to the vet that she worked for Blue Cross and – if he survived – would help the stray dog if his owner could not be found.
There were zooms and brums in every direction. I really didn’t know which way to turn, so I just ran for it – I just wanted to get away from the busy road. I didn’t get very far, but luckily Blue Cross was there. I know I’m safe and sound with Roz and Tony, and I’ll never be abandoned again. Edward
As she had been on her way back from a display of artwork by Edward Lear when she came across the accident, it seemed appropriate to Julie to name the dog after the poet and illustrator, who often drew inspiration from animals.
Thankfully, Edward pulled through and X-rays revealed his bones were still fully intact. For a short time he was walking around in circles, so we monitored him extremely carefully under veterinary supervision.