My dog Horton, who is terrified of thunderstorms, barely avoided tragedy when he attempted to climb over a wrought iron gate to reach the safety of my side when he heard a distant roll of thunder. When I heard him cry in pain I saw to my horror that he had slipped and impaled himself on one of the gate's spikes. The next few minutes are a blur but somehow I was able to lift him up and over the gate - no small feat with a 50-pound dog - and lay him on the ground. I gathered a soft quilt around him and managed to place him on the front seat of the car. Badly shaken but somehow calm, I drove to the emergency animal clinic, knowing that I would do whatever was necessary to save my heart dog. Fortunately. I also knew that having PetFirst insurance for Horton would make that resolve a reality. The story does have a happy ending. No damage wast done to any major organs and the gaping wound was able to be sutured. After some recovery time and lots of TLC - and the relief that came from prompt response to our claim - Horton was able to resume his Flyball career and continue in his role of Much Loved Dog.