A note for the shooter | AspenTimes.com

A note for the shooter

Dear Editor:

On New Year’s Eve you shot and killed my dog and loyal companion, Cain, at close range in the heart! He was only 200 yards from our home. I don’t think that you could have been more than 100 feet away, far too close to mistake him for a deer or elk … but you took the shot and Cain paid with his life!

On New Years day my family and I spent the day looking for him, calling our neighbors, and distributing lost dog flyers (I think that I may have handed one to you personally, didn’t I? The killer really does return to the scene of the crime). We called the sheriff, C.A.R.E and everyone else we thought might know where Cain was, all this while Cain was lying dead and frozen in the snow!

Oh, by the way, my-two-year old son kept asking me where Cain was … it sounds like this: “Daddy doggy, daddy doggy.”

Cain was what they call one of “The Great Ones”. He was gentle, kind and most of all loyal to us, his family. Cain was my son’s best friend, he slept in his bed, they shared breakfast, lunch and dinner together (Cain mopped up the floor … it was a great combo). I have never seen a dog be so gentle with a child, from the day we brought him home. He was a kind a gentle soul and will not be forgotten, not in my lifetime.

I want you to know how much you have hurt our family on this day, the beginning of 2008.

The next time you need to take a life … you can surely bet that I know where you should start.

Happy New Year, Killer!

Seth Hollar

Missouri Heights

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Aspen and Snowmass Village make the Aspen Times’ work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.


Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User