Sadly, the driver who hit Pinot could not be bothered to even stop and just drove away. Fortunately there were several witnesses who did stop. Pinot was taken to Dr. Black at Clearview Veterinary Hospital and things did not look good. They told us Pinot's hip socket was shattered and that they did not have the skills to repair it. Dr. Black contacted Seattle Veterinary Specialties (SVS) in Kirkland and asked them to view the x-rays and see if it was something they could handle. The said they might but they would need to examine him themselves and that the procedure could cost around $4,000-$6,000. That was an overwhelming amount but we decided to go ahead and at least have them examine him to know for sure. Our dear friend Kevin Poole left work and took Pinot to SVS. After the surgical team assessed him, there was good news and bad news. The good news was that he did not appear to have any severe head or internal organ damage. The bad news was that because the extent of injury to his hip and left ankle, they estimated it would cost $10,000 to $13,000 to save him. This was way beyond what we could manage and we had to make the very tough decision to say goodbye to our sweet boy. We let SVS know and cried knowing we wouldn't even be able to say goodbye to our loving goofy pup.
Alex, Mindy, Ellie, Toulouse & of course Pinot.
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