The family dog Menlo Park residents Balbir and Kamal Singh were walking when they were killed by an allegedly intoxicated driver is recovering from a traumatic brain injury and could return home this week.

Teddy, a 6-year-old male Chihuahua, was with his owners on Chilco Street in Menlo Park when they were struck from behind just before 7 p.m. Thursday. The mother and father of three teenagers were killed instantly, police said.

The driver of the car, 54-year-old Marjorie Reitzell of Redwood City, faces two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and two counts of felony driving under the influence of alcohol.

Teddy somehow survived the collision, and the Peninsula Humane Society took him to the North Peninsula Veterinary Clinic in San Mateo, said Scott Delucchi, a spokesman for agency. The dog was diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury and initially had trouble standing and walking.

Erin Murphy, a veterinarian technician at the clinic, said Teddy was given medication to reduce brain swelling and control his pain. He also spent the first couple of days on oxygen.

Teddy took first steps Monday and appeared to be in good enough health to return home, Murphy said.

"It's too soon to know if he'll ever be 100 percent, but he's shown marked improvement," she said.

Teddy is otherwise "very sweet" and "alert," said Murphy, adding that "he just wants to be held."


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The Peninsula Humane Society is aiming to foot the bill for Teddy's medical care by collecting donations through its Hope Program. Anyone who is interested in contributing may call Lisa Van Buskirk at 650-340-7022 ext. 327. Murphy said an animal neurologist donated his time.

"It's very tragic," Murphy said, "but hopefully at least one good thing will come out of it."

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