Bruiser was hit by a car last night and after Rob and I took them to the ER vet we had to make the decision to put him down. That was one of the hardest things we have ever had to do. And what makes it worse was that only the oldest knew he was hit, so then we had to tell them all in the morning their sweet dog was gone. So many tears shed today by all. It is sooo quiet here without our Bruiser. He wasn't loud, but his presence was. It is so weird to realize just how much he was in our lives. "Don't throw the chicken food out if Bruiser is outside", " Is Bruiser inside or out"~how many times had I said that daily?? "Is the gate closed", "Pick up the cat food so Bruiser doesn't eat it"...the silence here is deafening...we will miss the ole Lug! We always keep the gate closed except on Monday nights when we have garbage early Tuesday morning. So when we got home last night I had let him out, he doesn't usually go anywhere but to pee and come back...except for last night. I went to look for him outside after putting the kids to bed. The neighbor was calling me from across the street...I couldn't really hear her, except that she had Bruiser and he had been hit...I went and got my car keys and told Jacob to lock the doors because Bruiser had been hit by a car. I drove two driveways over and bruiser was laying there with the neighbor. He had drug himself about 50 yards. We originally thought he had broken back legs...but after the vet had looked at him she realized he most likely had a severed spine. Then I knew. How hard that night was. I am so thankful for good neighbors and that my husband was in town. I can't imagine having to go through that alone. We will miss him so much!!