While driving home from work one night, one young man from Colorado was hit head on by a drunk driver. Despite his own injuries and the damage to his car, the only thing he cared about was his dogs in the backseat…
While driving home from work on Colorado’s Interstate 70, 22-year-old Chance Patterson was involved in a serious car accident after a drunk driver crashed into him. A truck driver witnessed the accident and rushed over to help. Patterson was miraculously alive, and before he went unconscious, he managed to ask the truck driver if his dogs were ok.
The driver told Patterson that he saw his German Shepherd, named Carlitos had been killed but his pit bull named Izzy was missing. “I asked if he could go look for my other dog,” said Patterson, who was cut out of his smashed car shortly after by first responders.
Patterson had a broken leg, ribs, elbow, and a lacerated lung, so while he was recovering at the hospital, the community came together to search for Izzy. “The response was overwhelming,” said Holly Walthers, owner of Vail Doggie Day Spa & Lodging where Izzy and Carlitos spent their days when Patterson was working.
“There were a few people who got close to her but she would run and hide,” Walthers said. Eventually, an employee from the doggie daycare center found Izzy. “Izzy girl walked up right behind her and was beyond excited to find someone she knew was safe,” said Walthers. “We immediately called Chance and he was crying and extremely thankful and happy.”
“I had no words,” said Patterson. “I was so happy. I thought I’d lost both my dogs.” About a week later, Patterson was released from the hospital and finally reunited with Izzy. “She was so excited to see her dad,” Walthers said. “Chance has a long road ahead of him to heal both physically and emotionally. We are just grateful that he has Izzy by his side.”
“I don’t know how I was able to come through it. Izzy barely had a scratch on her,” said Patterson, who has already forgiven the drunk driver. “I just want her to know I’m not mad. She’s alive, I’m alive, and that’s all that matters,” he said.
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[Featured image: Today/Chance Patterson]