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Small-town compassion still exists

Dear Editor:

I was unfortunate enough last week to have to put down my amazing terrier of 9 years very suddenly due to Evan’s Disease. It’s a very bad and quick moving disease.

But I’m not writing because I want sympathy. I’m writing because I received the most amazing veterinary attention for my little baby at the Basalt Emergency Pet Care facility. Dr. Cox was so informative and wonderfully sensitive to the difficult situation that I was about to face with Lucy. She and her assistant were with me every step of the way offering options and support to a very distraught pet owner. I can’t say enough wonderful things about these two women. They had Lucy’s best interests in mind the whole time … and mine too.

As if that wasn’t enough loving support, I received a letter only two days after Lucy’s passing from Lucy’s vet of record in Carbondale (Carbondale Animal Hospital), Dr. Ben, who must have heard through the vet chain mail that Lucy had to be put down. It was a beautiful hand written note – which is very rare anymore – telling me how sad he was that Lucy had died and he was very sorry for me and my family and that she will be missed. Wow! There was more, but it doesn’t even matter. It was an incredible gesture to send that letter to us. I can’t tell him how much I appreciated that letter. It really showed me how much Dr. Ben, and I think a lot of vets in this valley, truly care about their patients and that they love their jobs.

In a time of people being very crappy to one another, this was such a ray of sunshine. I love living in this valley. I think small-town “neighborly caring” does still exist here. I think we do still take care of one another in little ways. We need to remember to help each other out, especially when times are tough like they are now. Whether it’s being kind to someone on the street or helping a friend move furniture. Reach out. These people made my day on a day that was so horrible for me and my family. Thank you.

Lorie D’Alessio

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