Northwest NEWS

August 3, 1998

Editorial

Young samaritan's actions save dog

   In our community I have met some of the most wonderful teenagers over the years. Last week I had the pleasure of meeting another one. This young man's good samaritan actions saved the life of our young dog Toby.
  
   We arrived home last Tuesday afternoon to find boards had fallen through our fence. Our dog decided to take advantage of this opportunity and escaped. The weather was a balmy 80 degrees that day. We prayed, searched, put up signs, called local shelters and vet clinics. No word.
  
   Wednesday when it was 90 degrees, we still had not heard a word about Toby. Meanwhile, a local teenager was walking home from work and saw a dog lying in the ditch along Woodinville-Duvall Road. The young man didn't just walk by; he chose to stop and try to wake the dog. Toby did wake up and followed this young man home.
  
   When they got to his house Toby was given water and food. With the information on Toby's dog tags, the family was able to locate us.
  
   Toby could have easily been hit by a car or died of dehydration in the sweltering heat. Toby is home safe and sound today because a local teenager chose to become involved. Our family is so grateful for this young man's kindness and concern.
  
   May God richly bless you, Gabe, as your actions have blessed our family.
   Otte family and Toby