YELM, Wash. (AP) — Reta McKinlay thought her grandchildrens' puppy was dead after it escaped through a fence at her home in Yelm and was hit by a car.
Scamp was bleeding.
His eyes were fixed.
He wasn't breathing.
McKinlay told The Olympian her husband wrapped the terrier-Shih Tzu in a blanket Dec. 3 and left it under a wheelbarrow to keep animals away from the body.
She sat down with her 6-year-old twin grandchildren and told them Scamp had gone to heaven.
But when her husband went out to bury the dog the next morning, Scamp was sitting up.
After $3,000 in veterinary bills, McKinlay says they felt confident enough to tell the grandchildren the puppy is alive.
She says Scamp's return is the family's Christmas present.
Information from: The Olympian, http://www.theolympian.com
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