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Guide dog limps toward recovery from hit and run.





November 25, 2005.
FLORIDA TODAY.




TITUSVILLE - Frosty, the guide dog, still limps on three legs to keep the pressure off her broken pelvis.


But three weeks after she was smacked by a hit-and-run driver, her master believes she soon will help him navigate the neighborhood.


"She possibly might be intimidated by traffic," said Frank Obremski, 57, whose beloved Frosty was jerked from his grasp when she was hit by a car on Windover Way on Nov. 3.


"I'm not going to push her," he said. "Physically, I think she's going to be fine."


Frosty's pelvis, broken in three places, has been surgically mended and will heal in about six weeks.


Neighbors have spread fliers offering a reward for the driver who hit Frosty and did not stop.


Obremski was amazed that the family received more than 100 cards, e-mails and calls inquiring about Frosty, a 3-year-old yellow Labrador retriever.


Right after the accident, simple movements caused Frosty to whimper in pain.


She seems to feel better now.


Obremski said she recently signaled that she's ready to play fetch again and brought the man a stick to throw.


"Sometimes, she's almost human," he said.


Obremski lost his sight completely two years ago, after having failing eyesight for years due to retinitis pigmentosa.


He operates a vending concession at Kennedy Space Center and values his independence.


There's little he can't do.


"I do a lot of carpentry work," he said, including a project this week to fix a lattice fence damaged by Hurricane Wilma. "I'm just visually inconvenienced."


When Frosty heals, Obremski plans to resume their 5-mile evening walks along the bike path beside Windover Way.


With Frosty at his side, he can go anywhere. Without her, Obremski said, he would have difficulty walking to a convenience store a mile away.


Obremski also relies on a GPS device that emits a voice that tells him his location.


"Between that and Frosty," he said, "I'm pretty much a free man."


Contact Peterson at 242-3549 or ppeterson@flatoday.net



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