Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Dog Lover

Without a dog, you may wonder how much of a dog lover I could be. But I love dogs so much that I realize that owning one when I live in a 700 square-foot condo would be unkind. Instead, I read about dogs, my favorite read being Merle's Door by Ted Kerasote and my most recent, Sight Hound by Pamela Houston and I pet all the friendly dogs I encounter all over Seattle, getting kisses once in a while. I also embrace the spirit of a dog: living to have fun, to walk in the rain, to embrace my fave people as much as possible and to try to love unconditionally.

So it hurts me whenever I read about the loss of a dog and this week, I read about a woman who lost her dog in a most unassuming way – while on a walk on Queen Anne hill on Thanksgiving Day. While they happily walked along the sidewalk of Queen Anne Ave, her dog, Sammy, suddenly began to howl and went into convulsions. Unbeknownst to her, the dog had just stepped on a contact voltage plate that delivered enough electricity to kill a dog. 

While she has hired lawyers to recoup the funds associated with Sammy's medical and burial expenses, she is dealing with the loss of her pet, her soulmate, her buddy. She has a blog devoted to the dog and the incident in hopes to prevent this from happening again and also to help her move through her grief. If you are a dog lover or owner, please be sure to read the blog, pass on the information and help keep our Seattle dogs safe.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Hi there,
I am Lisa, the owner of Sammy who was killed on Thanksgiving Day, contact voltage took his life. I wanted to thank you for writing such a warm and sweet message to your readers. I can see you are truly a dog lover, everything you wrote is so true when it comes to life as a dog; living to have fun, living to give and receive love all of course, unconditionally. You are right when you write that Sammy was my soulmate, my one 'true Love' so to speak, he was my best friend. We always had fun together, taking our annual summer trips to Canada for hiking and seeing nature. This was his passion, and mine, we were kindred spirits.
I just wanted to reach out to tell you thank you, I will love and miss my Sammy forever. I hope one day you will be able to have a Sammy of your own, but until then, enjoy the dogs you encounter each day. I know they love meeting new people who appreciate them and express warmth and kindness. That's all dogs want! Hugs to you~Lisa