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NEW DOG CAN LESSEN GRIEF OVER LOSING PET

This letter is in response to the man who wrote a letter about his dog, Kasey. Kasey was his best friend, and she was killed by a truck. I understand his emotions. It is devastating to lose your dog or any pet. They become such a part of us.

I have a suggestion for this man, Walter W. Samick of Jamestown. He should get another dog. There are so many dogs that need good homes. They would love the chance to have a special ball, eat the leftover bones and welcome people home from work.

SUSAN M. WILSON
Delevan

'Tiny and precious'

My heart broke when I read Walter Samick's letter. I just had to put our 10-year-old black Labrador to sleep because of kidney failure.

We couldn't live without a pet dog. Two days later I got an eight-week-old black Labrador. She is tiny and precious. I would suggest Mr. Samick do the same.

BERNIE MAEFS
Amherst

Keep dogs leashed...

It was with great sadness that I read about the loss of Kasey the dog. Perhaps the owner has learned a tragic lesson. All our pets deserve to be loved and cared for. We must water and feed them. Most importantly, we must protect their lives by fencing our yards or leashing the pet. Dogs do not look both ways before crossing the street.

GAYLE L. ZIMMER
Buffalo

...And out of traffic

I also have dogs and live in a rural area. I can certainly sympathize with Kasey's owner. However, I must address the cause of his dog's death. Yes, she was hit by a truck (speeding or otherwise), and yes, she "deserved a longer life." But his responsibilities to his dog didn't end with feeding and watering her and providing her with shelter. He also had a responsibility to protect her from dangerous situations. This included keeping her out of the street.

JUDITH J. KRUEGER
Clarence Center

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