Letter to the editor: A wagging tail on the trail

Posted 5/5/21

 

This morning, I was hiking in Alderfer/Three Sisters Open Space Park, when a gentleman came up the hill behind me with a medium-sized dog. The first thing the gentleman said was, “Is …

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Letter to the editor: A wagging tail on the trail

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This morning, I was hiking in Alderfer/Three Sisters Open Space Park, when a gentleman came up the hill behind me with a medium-sized dog. The first thing the gentleman said was, “Is it okay if she says hello?” and I replied gladly, “Yes!” The sweet, friendly, lively dog turned out to be named Pumpkin.
As I petted Pumpkin, the gentleman said, “She’d let you do that all day!” I would have done so happily, and told the gentleman I missed the dog that I’d had to have put down a month before. The gentleman said that he had been through that, too. Pumpkin seemed not to want to leave me, but she and the gentleman went their way while I went mine.
Less than half an hour later, the gentleman and Pumpkin reappeared, having looked for me. The gentleman said he felt the need to apologize for not asking about the dog I had lost. While we both paid more attention to Pumpkin, the gentleman and I talked about my dog, and Pumpkin’s ancestry, and loyal trail dogs in general. I said, “I’ll bet she makes your family very happy!”
After the gentleman and Pumpkin had gone again, I found my whole day was brighter because of their kindness and friendliness. I hadn’t asked the gentleman’s name, or where he was from. If anyone recognizes him, and/or Pumpkin, or if they read about themselves in the paper, may they know that I really appreciated meeting them!
Randall K. Voigt,
Lakewood

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