Letter: Sawyer, you will be missed

The late, great Sawyer.
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Sawyer McCool Loth, 14 (or so) years old, beloved dog of Henry, Fiona, Bruce and Missy, was released from his mortal coil on Nov. 13 with the help of the compassionate folks at Rose Hill Veterinary. He was on his favorite bed in his favorite spot in the back of the car.

Rescued as a stray from a shelter in Floyd, Va., by an anonymous benefactor who recognized his positive qualities, Sawyer was placed in the care of Rappahannock Animal Welfare League (RAWL), where he was adopted in 2006. Nothing is known of his previous life other than he enjoyed rides in the bed of a pickup truck and had clearly never been walked on a leash.

Sawyer never met a person he didn’t like. His benevolent personality earned him the unofficial title of “Worst Guard Dog Ever.” He strived to be a good companion and had a passion for rolling in fresh horse manure. He excelled at both.

When children joined Sawyer’s household, he graciously adapted to his new role as entertainer and cleanup crew. Even in the last year of declining health, he never let a Cheerio rest on the floor for long. He only ever ate one Lego.

The fuzzy old yellow man will be greatly missed. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his name to Sawyer’s favorite charity, rawldogs.org.

The McCool Loth family

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