My Heart Leapt Tonight When I Came Close to Killing a Dog in the Road

It was so dark on the drive home

Klara Jane Holloway
3 min readSep 10, 2023


a dog in the dark
Photo by Brandon Hoogenboom on Unsplash

I left my sister’s home in the country around 9 p.m. tonight.

She lives way out there! I must take a long, winding, hilly, and curvy road to get home.

I’ve driven that road 100s of times. The speed limit is 50 mph. I don’t drive fast since it’s very dark with only an occasional road light on a phone pole.

I almost hit a deer a couple of times and the damage it causes has totaled a few of my family’s vehicles. Fortunately, no one was physically hurt. Even the deer survived and ran away once!

I drove over a hill, around a curve, and there it was in the middle of my lane. I thought it was a small deer. I slammed on my brakes and pumped them. The animal just stood there looking at me.

As I got closer, I saw it was a large dog with brown and black fur. Its shiny eyes looked just like the deer I almost hit before. Deer run pretty fast if they hear you slam on your brakes, but this dog did not budge.

I braced myself once I knew I was going to hit him. I felt a thud on my front bumper, but not too hard. I didn’t hear a cry from the dog either. I looked around to see where I could pull into a driveway and see if I could get help to save the animal in the road if he was still alive.

I started to cry, feeling so terrible for what happened. I did the best I could to stop. There was a deep ditch on the right side of the road and an oncoming vehicle on my left. That’s rare because I can drive 30 minutes on that road and never see another car.

Then, I saw the dog running to the other side of the road in front of the oncoming car! He reached the side because the car had slowed down when he saw me stopped in the road.

They passed me, and as they did, I saw the dog running across the road and up the hill to the houses above.

I breathed a sigh of relief. I know I bumped him, but apparently, it wasn’t hard enough to hurt him. He could not have run so fast had he been injured.

Believe me, the relief and letdown of adrenalin was a great feeling. I have never hit an animal besides a possum on the road and that was bad enough.

The dog did not have a collar on and could have come from anywhere. I prayed as I drove away that he wasn’t far from home and wouldn’t end up on the road again tonight.

Tagging just a few of the dog lovers I know: Lu Skerdoo, Carole Olsen, Rachel Fefer, David Pick, Grace Bianco, Tai Le Grice, Iva Ursano, Ruby Lee, Rodrigo S-C, Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles, and all the other animal lovers here on Medium.

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Klara Jane Holloway

I write about my experiences in life. Some mundane, some sad, some funny, and hopefully none boring!