I'm a nervous wreck
My Dachshund was almost hit by a car today. I rescued him in May and the woman who has the group came and inspected my almost 1/2 acre which has an old wooden picket fence around most of it and board fence around the back part. I live on a corner. The side street is 25 mph and is rather quiet, the alley in back doesn't have a lot of traffic but the street in front is heavily trafficked. We reinforced all the places he might get out. Remember we have had another dog the same size and weight for two years who never once got out. Wally escaped a few times. We fixed up the small places and all was fine from the middle of June to Sept. He got out again and then once about three weeks ago. Those times he was a block away trotting down the sidewalk. Two times people called me on their cell phones. All times we were outside with the dogs. My husband had a serious fall from the roof almost two weeks ago resulting in a broken back among other injuries. . Our son came to help today with the leaves and other chores. The dogs were in the house because I was upstairs. Husband left them out while they were leaf blowing. I came down and asked where Wally was and they said he was there a second ago. , but he was gone. Husband and I headed out the back, he going east and me west. As we came back to the house, my son said that the dog was across the very busy road and he spotted him going up the sidewalk. He went over for him and Wally darted out between two cars and a car swerved to not hit him. I have been shaking all day thinking what could've been. I think it was a mistake to get a Dachshund since we knew nothing about this breed. He is a totally lovely sweet dog who has never done a bad thing...except run away. I think we should maybe give him back to the rescue group before he gets hurt or killed. I never thought he'd head for a busy road since he's mostly chasing squirrels and they don't go that way. He will be tethered till I figure out what to do.