It’s a pet owner’s worst nightmare:  He’s not here; he’s missing

Mike and Melissa Simington began searching for their 10-month-old Boston Terrier, Ace, when they discovered he was no longer in their backyard. Hours later, the really bad new arrived: he had been struck by a car and was at the emergency vet with life-threatening injuries.

Once they saw him, Mike and Melissa didn’t want to give up. “He had his youth on his side and when I looked in his eyes, I knew he was still in there. We snuggled him as best we could, and I told Ace, ‘You fight through this, and you come home,’” Melissa says.

The Simingtons were referred to Oregon State University’s Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine for their pup’s best chance at a recovery. “We received a phone call from Ace’s OSU veterinarian that evening that he made it through surgery,” Melissa recalls. “We went to the hospital to see him.” Ace was in good spirits, and although he couldn’t move much, he rewarded everyone with kisses. The family laid on the floor with Ace curled up on their son’s blanket.

After several weeks at the hospital and rehabilitation at home, Ace was again that spunky Boston Terrier puppy he was before the accident.

Ace is happy to be back to his normal self, running around and jumping up on the couches. He has no neurological damage. But now, he doesn’t try to run out of the yard.

“I thank the hospital, the doctors, the students, and the staff every single day for what they did for Ace,” Melissa says. “They saved his life, and our family will always be grateful.”

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