Dog leaps into next of nine lives

FORGET about the cat with nine lives, brave bull terrier Bunjie has proven that dogs can survive the unthinkable too.

On Monday the mischievous pooch was being taken to Gympie for emergency treatment on his nerves when his owners were involved in a serious car crash on the Bruce Highway, south of Maryborough.

Bunjie, 8, had to be cut out of the vehicle by firefighters.

Owner Julie, who lives on a property in Rockhampton, never left his side even when her 34-year-old son was taken away to Hervey Bay Hospital with serious cuts to his arm.

Brisbane canine chiropractor Doc Jamieson was on his way to Gympie to pick up Bunjie, who had injured his leg after chasing a horse through a paddock and falling into a hole.

When he heard about the crash he couldn't believe Bunjie's luck.

“How many lives can one dog have?” Mr Jamieson said.

“It really is incredible.”

After Bunjie hurt his leg, his owners had almost lost hope until they found Mr Jamieson online.

They were going to fly him to Brisbane for treatment but Mr Jamieson was worried the flight would only make his leg worse so he offered to drive half way to pick him up.

He said he was more than happy to “go the extra mile” because he could see how dedicated Julie was to the dog.

“She just loves that dog so much. Even when she was hurt, she wouldn't leave him.”

Last night Bunjie was showing good progress and had walked around on several occasions.

Mr Jamieson hopes to reunite Bunjie with his family later this week.

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