Lewiston woman reaches out to driver who killed her dog | Community Spirit
A Lewiston woman whose six-year-old Pit Bull / Black Lab mix was hit by a car and killed earlier this week says she doesn't hold the driver responsible and wants to thank a passerby for their kindness in helping take him to a veterinarian. Amy King reached out to Big Country News Connection to also express her appreciation for a couple of friends, and to tell the driver that it was not her fault.
"I wish I could have expressed that and it has been in my thoughts on how to get a message to you. I know you are a caring person as you waited on the road until I could get there from the trail above. Please know I appreciate your kindness and caring gesture," she says.
At about 6:00 p.m. Tuesday evening, Tuff had found a rabbit up on the trail above Bryden Canyon where King took him for his walks. "He was so excited to chase and play with that rabbit that when the rabbit went through the fence Tuff was on hot pursuit. The next thing I hear is braking on Bryden Canyon and by the time I got to the fence to call him back it was all over," she says.
King says she could tell the driver was very upset. "She was holding her heart as she walked back to Tuff. I told her from above he was my dog......she stayed until I reached him then everything is such a blur for me....but she stayed and the lady that stopped and we loaded Tuff in her car. I have no idea who these people are but want to say a HUGE thank you and help the driver's heart heal some."
King also wants to thank the woman who assisted her in loading Tuff into her car and taking him to a vet. "Your kindness did not go unnoticed and I will pay forward your kindness at any given opportunity," she says, adding that she also wants to thank her friends Danny Weis and Jo Alm. "I could have never done it without you my dear friends! Thank you all for acts of kindness in this terrible chain of events that happened that evening."
"Tuffer Guy," as she affectionately calls the dog that was a gift to her son six years ago, was an adventurist dog. "He had a nose that could smell anything and a sense for great adventure.....he loved people, the mountains, and was at home and raised on the prairie where we will take him this weekend for his final resting place."
The family will keep several wonderful memories of Tuff, including those involving one of his talents. "Tuff was a singer and would sing with the radio, we shared a song on the way to the trail that evening!!!! His favorite song was Ho Hey by the Lumineers. Thank goodness we have video that is now a treasure," King says.