Comment on Dealing with flashbacks after the death of your pet by Maddie.
Yesterday morning I saw my 4-year-old french bulldog puppy get run over by a car right in front of me. Even though it was recent, I keep seeing the event replay in my head nearly 24/7. I feel as though it was my fault. I was trying to get them away from my dad so he could get in the driver’s seat (as we were leaving our holiday accommodation and they were excited to go for a drive) to drive out of the garage so I moved my dogs onto the grass and they were very hyper and excited and she ran onto the road and was hit by a ute going about 50. I try to distract myself but nothing is working. I am only 16 years old and I am really struggling with all the trauma, it is really overwhelming. Fortunately, she is still alive but is very very sick with bleeding lungs. She has no broken bones so we got very lucky, she didn’t actually go under the wheels but rather bounced off both sets of wheels and was being tossed around underneath the car, it was a disgusting and traumatic scene. I don’t want to see her go, I will carry the guilt of not being able to stop her running onto the road for the rest of my life. Vets say she is doing good but she is very very sick. I don’t know what to do or who to speak to because my whole family feels the same, including my 12-year-old brother and his friend, my 14-year-old sister and my pop. I’ve never experienced anything like this and don’t know how to act. I love my dogs more than anything in this world and I can’t believe this has happened. You never think it would be you until it is. I’ve been praying for Betsy’s recovery and it’s most likely she will live! I feel better now that I have written it all out. Can anyone recommend anything to help?