Letters to the Editor

Sad reminder of how dogs can escape

Editor: Beckham was a handsome 18-month-old Irish Setter — the pick of the litter of our last breeding.

He idolized my wife Ann and loved to travel in our SUV with her. On March 10, she left him in the vehicle while she went swimming at W.C. Blair Pool. Beckham either activated the rear door button inside the vehicle or Ann triggered it by putting the key fob in her bag. Beckham jumped out of the SUV and tried to find Ann.

For four days we, along with several friends and kind people we don’t even know, searched the area but were unable to find him. Three days after he escaped, his young life came to an end when he was hit by a motor vehicle.

The following morning, Langley Animal Protection (LAPS) telephoned to advise that our poor Beckham’s broken body was at their premises. We sadly drove out there and brought him home.

We would like to take this opportunity to remind dog owners of the dangers of automatic key fobs and automatic door opening buttons. We would also like to thank everyone who helped in the search for Beckham. Their kindness was most appreciated.

Our evening star has been extinguished, never again to chase the horse riders along the bridle path fence line. Instead, he sleeps quietly in our garden.

Beckham, may the shamrocks fall softly.

David Keen,


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