Dog a part of local history
To the editor:
Our family wanted to take this opportunity to thank our friends and neighbors who have over the past nine years been a part of our dog Sierra’s life. Sierra was featured in an article a couple of years ago in the Tahoe Donner News as being a model citizen when it comes to dogs.
Nine years ago, I adopted this lovely Siberian Husky. Since bringing her home, she had made friends with all of our neighbors, and she had a positive impact on many lives. Many neighbors of ours would buy dog biscuits and feed her daily. Sierra was loved by all, and was a dog for those who didn’t have a pet, but wanted the love that one would give to them.
The prior year was tough on Sierra, and the night of Saturday, Jan. 13, we received a call that Sierra was laying in the road behind our house. While we were told she had been hit by a speeding truck, she did not have any broken bones or noticeable injuries. Regardless, when the vet told us that she really needed to be put to sleep, it confirmed our deepest thoughts on an action that we had been putting off for many months.
Sadly, with Sierra’s passing, a piece of history in Truckee has diminished. Gone are the days that friendly dogs would travel from house to house looking for a companion to play with. While this was commonplace when Sierra first set her paws into the snow here, such behavior is now sadly shunned upon. Sierra was from another chapter in the history of our community, before there ever was a “Town of Truckee.” She was one of the last of her kind here, making the neighborhood rounds checking on her friends, many of them elderly people who looked forward to Sierra spending a portion of her day with them. Our little neighborhood won’t be the same without her.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our neighbors and friends of Sierra who treated Sierra well for all these years. I would like to also extend personal thanks to Sierra’s good friends Dr. Brooks Bloomfield and Dr. Michael Ryan of Sierra Pet Clinic.
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