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A hole in our lives

Dear Editor:

I’m writing this exactly two weeks after our dog Remy was shot in our neighborhood. Sadly, our other dog, Bristol (17 years old next month), has taken a turn for the worse, and we don’t expect her to be with us much longer. It is a sad time in our household as we cherish our pets as members of the family.

Our children (ages 1 and 3) don’t understand where Remy has gone, and our eldest keeps asking if Bristol is “broken.” I suspect it will be some time before we feel whole again.

I sincerely thank the entire Roaring Fork Valley for the outpouring of support and sympathy in the wake of our family’s loss. It has been a source of strength for me to know that most everyone is as appalled at the senselessness of Remy’s death and as pained for our family as we have felt. Thank you, all.

To keep from losing my mind, I’ve had to continue to believe that whoever lifted the gun, sighted in our little guy and pulled the trigger didn’t believe that the BB would harm him. To think otherwise is just too grisly a path to go down now.

BB guns are lethal to all beings. Four deaths and 20,000 injures are reported in the U.S. each year as a result of BBs. Most of these incidents involve children younger than 15.

I’d like to ask that our community continue to search for Remy’s killer. The police have done all they can for us. Someone in this valley knows or heavily suspects who did this. At the very least, someone knows of someone who is using a BB gun inappropriately. I ask that you please come forward with any information and help keep this from happening again.

Please, if you are the person who shot my sweet baby boy, contact me and apologize. I need to know that you are aware of the consequences of shooting Remy two weeks ago, that you are aware that I spent every moment camped on the floor with him at the emergency vet, willing him to survive the septic conditions your BB inflicted on his little system, and that you are made aware of the hole that you have caused in our family and lives.

Ashlee Bishop

Holland Hills

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