Letter: Gratitude for our community

On Friday, Nov. 16, we welcomed a new “family member,” a tiny, frightened rescue dog named Ebie. On Saturday morning, I opened the door for our other dog and Ebie bolted. My heart sank. Very scared and skittish, and having no idea where “home” was, she gave chase for six long days and five cold nights. I posted a “lost dog” message on Rappnet and started passing out flyers in Amissville.

So often I came close to giving up all hope that we’d find her alive, but a caring soul would take the time to contact me and let me know she had been spotted, or would send a kind email to not give up hope just yet. Complete strangers offered to help in the search for her. Then, on the afternoon of Thanksgiving, our wonderful neighbor Jeanne called to say she could see Ebie in her driveway. This was the call that ultimately brought her back to us.

Daisy, aka Ebie, back home in Amissville. Courtesy photo.
Daisy, aka Ebie, back home in Amissville. Courtesy photo.

The outpouring of concern and generosity shown by so many to help find a tiny little dog truly humbles me. Rappahannock is a special place. I’m grateful to live here, surrounded by such caring neighbors and  friends. 

I’d like to extend a special thanks to the Rappahannock Animal Welfare League (RAWL), RappCats, the Sheriff’s animal control officer Deputy Gary Jenkins, Ingrid Oliphant of Uncommon Touch, Rappnet and again to our awesome neighbor Jeanne for the Thanksgiving call. Thanks also to Madeliene, Monica, Ellen and her daughter, John and Cathy. And a huge thanks to Brenda at Paws for Seniors who tirelessly searched high and low for her.

Little Ebie is now Daisy, and she’s settling in very well with us. We’re so happy to have her home. 

Laurie Smith

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