Friday, March 5, 2010

FROM FREEDOM TO TRAGEDY TODAY ...

Written by CP's VP of Intakes



He had spent his 4 years as a breeder dog, then found his way to a Missouri shelter as a result of the Dept. of Ag shutting down the large-scale breeding operation he had been a part of. He went to a foster home for a short time, but they didn't have the Cairn or PM experience to work with him and he was shipped back to the shelter where he had run out of time. CP agreed to take this boy and the shelter offered, in gratitude for our help, to transport him to our vet. All was set and he was transported today.

TRADEGY CAN STRIKE IN AN INSTANT! And it did ... The shelter had allowed him to be transported without using a crate. The person transporting was not experienced with transporting and especially not PM kids. They were in our vet's parking lot, he had made it to freedom and the loving arms of Col. Potter ... and then the car door was opened ... AND HE WAS GONE! He ran across a busy highway and disappeared on the other side. Unfortunately, there was fencing on the other side of the highway which kept him trapped on the highway side of the fencing. He hid there in the tall, dead grass and debris along the highway. Volunteers started searching immediately. This little boy got spooked when a volunteer got near him and took off back across the highway ... he was hit and killed immediately.

We can no longer help this little boy, but we can learn from him and always remember his lesson so that he did not die invain. There are reasons Col. Potter requires all furkids be transported in a crate and not taken out. There are reasons we require all doors and windows be tightly closed in a vehicle if there is an emergency and a furkid has to be removed from their crate. There are reasons a recently released PM kid should never be allowed out on a leash in an unfenced area. There are reasons Col. Potter preaches this. And what happened today is the reason we will continue to preach this. When you transport for CP or transport your own furkids, remember what happened today. Remember a handsome, young little boy that will never know having his own family and a happily ever after. Remember all it would have taken to keep him safe ...

PLEASE LIGHT YOUR CANDLES for Hopkins, a 4 year old, grey brindle, male who will now only know freedom at the Rainbow Bridge. Run free and safe little man. You are loved and we will never forget you ...

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