Saturday, July 24, 2010

RIP Corky

I just learned that a friend from WI was killed this week. I met Corky when we both gave time to help out at the local library in the town in WI where we both lived. Corky volunteered himself for everything, he played the community Santa, he polar plunged for charity on new years day, gave his time at nursing homes and so much more. In fact, it was while he was volunteering that he was killed, he was picking up trash along the highway with some other volunteers when a car driven by an unlicensed driver lost control on a perfectly straight, dry stretch of road and slammed into Corky, killing him. The community has lost a great guy. One of the things Angel #4 loves and hangs on to is a stuffed lion named Tee-Tee that Corky gave her when she was about 5 years old.

In more sad news, I had to bring Jake, the wonderdog, to the local humane society today. We tried so hard to get him a new home, putting ads on Craigslist and talking to everyone we could think of who might take him in. Sadly, we failed and I felt I had no other choice than to bring him in. Shipping him to Wisconsin would have cost us about $500, and at 10 years old, we had no guarantee that he'd survive the trip. It would have been the worst if we'd spent that kind of money (that we really don't have in the first place) only to have a dead dog at the end of it. I realize that his chances of getting adopted are pretty slim, trust me, I cried as I walked out after dropping him off, but sometimes, you have no choice. My only consolation is that we found him at that same shelter three years ago, when the chances of a 7 year old getting adopted are pretty slim and we gave him three more years than he would have had. It still doesn't make it any easier.

1 comment:

Tanya T said...

I'm so sorry about your friend,Corky! I read about that in the Appleton Newspaper. How awful for anyone who witnessed this. I would bet this person who struck him has no car insurance either? Personally i think that person should be doing jail time for awhile!
Sorry about the dog, but there might be someone out there who wants an older dog. I know we did, i like to give those older dogs a 'forever' home as our local shelter calls it. I'm sure the dog will be okay.