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A dog’s tale

Dear Editor:

Several years ago, two dogs were viciously thrown out onto a busy highway from an unidentified car in Denver. One was struck and killed. The other was hit and seriously wounded. Another driver stopped to rescue the surviving dog. He took it to an animal hospital. This dog, ultimately named Paco, was nursed back to health and put up for adoption. The sister of the rescuer, who lives in Basalt and had followed the progress of Paco, went to Denver and adopted him.

You might meet Paco if you visit Jacque Whitsitt or see her taking Paco out for a walk. He is not a very appealing-looking dog: small, skinny and with batlike ears. But Jacque and her husband, Tim, love him.

Jacque, by the way, is running for mayor of Basalt in April. You will not find the story of Paco on her Facebook page, website or flier. But it demonstrates a characteristic of Jacque that might not be obvious from her campaign literature. She has a deep compassion for others, whether they walk on four feet or two, a trait that is essential for a leader of a community such as Basalt.

Phil Freedman (and Paco)


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