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Letter: Sympathy for family that lost pet

On Sunday, Aug. 22 my family was traveling home from vacation up in Ely when driving down Highway 34 at about 4 p.m. two dogs ran out on the road. I didn't see them until it was too late and one of the dogs was killed instantly. I pulled over and went to find the dog. I found him in the ditch as a lady was walking down her driveway with the other dog. I was crying by then and apologizing, asking the lady if there was anything I could do. She was crying and saying something about Riley and Jake. I am not sure if those were the dogs' names, the poor lady was so upset. She also said something about January and her daughter and her daughter's boyfriend. Not sure if the dog belonged to the boyfriend.

I carried the dog up into the yard for the lady, crying and wishing there was more I could do. She said she needed to go call her daughter as she took the dog's collar off. We left and looked for a name on the mailbox, but it was blank.

Please, if someone knows this lady, maybe they could share this letter, and she would know there is a family in Montana that is grieving with her. I know her pain as the week after I was home to see my family, my parents had to put our 16+ year old dog down. As an animal lover, this ordeal has been devastating and I want to reach out to this poor lady and her family.

In loving animals the risk we take is that we outlive them, but no one should have to lose their beloved pet the way this lady did. I hope the lady sees this letter and knows our hearts go out to her.

Karen Anderson

Augusta, Mont.