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still here.

we were traveling from carolina beach back home to charlotte on monday, october 10th. john, my partner of nearly 14 years, was driving, i was riding, playing with dewey. at 12:45pm, as we were traveling west in the right-hand lane of nc highway 74, a ford explorer traveling in the opposite direction strayed into our side of the highway & hit us head-on.


can you believe it? i can't. we're all OK. two humans & three dogs. we are all sore & bruised. we are all freaked-out. but, we are all alive. and, we are all grateful.


we've been told that the elderly driver of the ford explorer is OK as well.


(additional photos are here.)


the toyota matrix has a five-star safety rating. this little car did exactly what is was supposed to do, thank god. we will be replacing it with another toyota, but a larger one most likely. the highlander hybrid, perhaps.


here's a common-sense safety tip for pet owners: when traveling, always outfit your pups with collars & make sure that their leash is within easy reach.

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Taken on October 10, 2005