Thursday, November 21, 2013 10:47 PM
Homeless dog was loved
Letter to the editor
I named him Pokey because he walked so slow. Every day the homeless dog made his way from Cherry Chapel Church to Elm City Friendly Mart looking for scraps of food. At nighttime Pokey found a warm spot under one of the Lay’s Potato Chip trucks parked along the fence beside U.S. 301.
Approximately five years ago, I started feeding Pokey every morning around 6:30 a.m. If I was running late, he would start walking beside the fence headed toward the Elm City Friendly Mart until he spotted my car. After putting food down, I had to back off so that Pokey would eat. He had never experienced human touch except maybe abuse. However, I believe he knew I loved him.
On Nov. 20th, Pokey was killed on U.S. 301. No longer will he have to search for food, or a warm place to sleep at night. He will not have to be alone and survive the cold, the rain, and the snow as he has done for so many years.
I will miss Pokey so much. In fact, for the rest of my life, I will watch for him walking beside the fence looking for food or maybe looking for me.
Thank you, Nell Cain, for stopping beside the road as my daughter and I picked Pokey up after he died. You showed such kindness and compassion. Also, thanks to the two gentlemen who stopped and asked if they could help. Thank you, Ryan, at Lay’s Potato Chip for allowing Pokey a shelter all these years.
Pokey has a home now. The search is over.
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