At 72 and with all the physical limitations one usually experiences, I watched in awe as a stranger saved our baby girl. If you have a pet that’s an important member of your family, you will take solace that angels like these strangers exist.
It was 9 a.m. and our youngest Scottish terrier, Gracie Elaine, had just finished her visit to Animal Medical Hospital on an always-busy part of Monroe Road near N. Wendover. As I was walking her out to the car, she suddenly backed up and found her not-so-secure collar no longer around her neck.
Without hesitation, she bolted for the street. Gracie Elaine lives on a very quiet street and has no fear of vehicles. So without looking left or right before crossing she darted into traffic.
Even as a younger version of myself, speed was never my strength. (A softball coach once accused me of stretching a home run into a triple.) However, I followed Gracie into the street well behind her, waving my arms at the oncoming motorists, hoping they would stop.
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The traffic heeded my frantic gyrations, and Gracie made it across but was still running hard. By now I was pretty far behind. One gentleman in a car who had seen our plight drove up to where Gracie Elaine had stopped. He opened his door with an offering of a treat to try to coax her to safety. No luck.
By now, a second stranger, who had come out of the same vet, was by my side. He made a diving attempt to secure Gracie but only scraped his hand and knees on the street. She was now running back toward the same busy street. This stranger, her angel, took off running after her. Gracie is a very fast little girl. But he was faster. When the stranger suddenly got in front of her, just a few feet from Monroe Road., Gracie stopped and he grabbed her.
I never stopped running until this wonderful stranger handed Gracie to me. The three of us stood waiting for what seemed like forever for the traffic to clear so we could cross. I don’t want to think what would have happened to Gracie had it not been for this unselfish stranger.
I know I must have thanked him but surely not enough. Gracie Elaine is the light of our lives and because of this gentleman’s kindness she will continue to be the light of our lives. Thank you again, whoever you are.
Dick (and Nancy) Abbott, Charlotte