Turned out this was not only a good family pet but had the makings of a great treeing dog, Afte over 3 decades I finally had a dog I could hunt with. I had been having a ball taking Maizie (the dog) out squirrel hunting, coming home, and letting my toddler rewrd the dog with a bowel of squirrel guts. I had planned on working wiht the pup a lot of christmas vacation on her hunting ability and general obedience. I have been amazed with some of this dogs abiliteis and her instinct to hunt. this all ended tonight. I and my family were pullling out when i felt the truck run over something, my siter in law said " I think you ran over Maizie" I looked in the rear view mirror and sure enough she was right. I stopped the truck and told them not to watch while i walked back to check on my hunting companion. I had seen her thrash her way off the road and knew it was bad. When i arrived her eyes were bulging and unblinking and she was silent but i saw what appeared to be gasps as her mouth moved a bit as if searching for air. With moist eyes and a heavy heart i pulled my carry piece, said "I am so sorry" and ended her misery. This is only tangentially gun related but i wanted to vent at not only losing my hunting buddy, but killing my daughters "puppy" as well. It broke my heart when we got home and out of the truck and I heard my little girl calling "Maizie, maizie", Her totally unaware of what had happened, me knowing that maizie will never answer.