After a routine day of play and frolic at the dog park my 7 year old Boxer Willow laid down in the backyard and never got up again. I came out to find her alive but unable to move (a ruptured tumor on her gall bladder was filling her body with blood I would find out later). Now Willow was never a small girl, a few cheeseburgers shy of 90 pounds at the time of her death. Even to get her to my car I had to get neighbors and a wheelbarrow.
As I brought her to my 2006 Acura TL I realized I could not squeeze her physically into the back seat. It was recommended that I put her in the trunk and lay down next to her but I just foresaw going over a bump at 35 miles per hour and my dog and I both being flung from the trunk. I knew one of us was going to the hospital so I didnt want to end up there as well.
Thankfully a neighbor had an Acura MDX with a hatchback. It was easy to load Willow and I suddenly realized how invaluable a hatchback could be in time of an emergency. I felt like my car had well and truly let me down. That may sound like a harsh assessment but in harsh circumstances it felt true.
Sadly Willow passed away shortly after arriving at the veterinary clinic. The gifts her life gave to me, however, will live on as long as I do. Although you may find this story spurious and unrelated to your life just give Willows final moments the slightest pause (or paws, sorry, I cant help it). Then perhaps you, like I, will vow to never buy another sedan again.