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Letters: Downtown goodwill ambassador gone

Downtown goodwill ambassador gone Today I lost a dear friend and Park Rapids lost its own downtown "Goodwill Ambassador." Her name was Bailey. She was a pretty blonde, of the four-footed persuasion, and lived to the age of 14. And, unfortunately,...

Downtown goodwill

ambassador gone

Today I lost a dear friend and Park Rapids lost its own downtown "Goodwill Ambassador."

Her name was Bailey. She was a pretty blonde, of the four-footed persuasion, and lived to the age of 14. And, unfortunately, in dog years, that's a good old age.

When we had our pet shop on Main street, she and her master Bob were frequent visitors. In fact, they've both been a constant feature downtown for more than a decade. She delighted everyone she met with her happy manner and all who knew her will miss her.

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My favorite anecdote, of this dear creature, was of her running into the store (when the door was open on a fine day) way ahead of Bob, going straight to the pig-ear box for a tasty treat and she was gone without so much as a "how-do-you-do." A few moments later Bob returned with a dollar and an apologetic smile. But, really, it was the highlight to my day and now a cherished memory of my old friend.

For a year, or more, after we moved the store, she would run to our old front door. Bob and the ladies at Park Salon would let her in the store of beauty supplies, hoping she'd realize that the pig ears had moved on as well.

You'll still see Bob and "Babe," my blue and gold Macaw, out and about. (He has been care taking her for me the past few years). But please be understanding if Bob finds it difficult to talk about Bailey for a while. All her close friends will have a tough time dealing with this sudden loss.

Thank you to Ark Animal Hospital staff for showing such empathy when these difficult decisions need to be made.

Kyle McNally

Nevis

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