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‘More good people than bad’

To The Editor:

On Tuesday, July 29, our dog, a golden retriever named Cookie, was lost out of the dog grooming business where I had taken her to be groomed. At 1:30, we received a call from the owner letting us know that she was gone and had gotten out through an unlocked door. As you can guess, if you love dogs, we were devastated and began a frantic search to find her. We then learned about Front Porch Forum from Celeste at High Country Hair Salon and posted the info there to ask for help. We talked to everyone, including Bob Welter, who then posted this too.

We talked with the FedEx delivery person and she said she would let the drivers know. We email reported this to Matthew Hawley, Middlesex State Police station commander. He responded at 5:30 in the morning multiple times, alerting police all over the region. We spoke with so many concerned people who joined in for the search. We have also been overwhelmed by the large number of emails from people sharing their concerns. Valerie, the town administrator, invited me into her garden and pitched in to search for Cookie, too.

This was so amazing to see the people who were concerned, who looked for her, and then joyously found her Wednesday morning near Hap's. They chased her down and several individuals, including Dinsmore Fulton, stopped traffic on 100 to protect her, scooped her up finally and then took her to Roy Hadden at Valley Animal Hospital to be checked out. Roy and his staff were wonderful and refused any payment, just happy that she was found.

I mention Dinsmore because this is the only name I have. But she is clear that this was a multi-person effort. I don't have your names but am so absolutely grateful for your concern, your help and for Cookie's safe return.

We also thank the young man, Brendon, who found her collar and returned it. Cookie sends her thanks also and will make a contribution to the Community Fund to make her thanks concrete. Thank you to all. Matthew Hawley told me to stay positive about finding her and said, in the end, this is proof that there are more good people than bad in the world. For sure, that is true in The Valley.

Tom and Polly Bednash
Waitsfield

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