To the editor:
I am the owner of Penny the beagle who was recently lost and found on Marland Heights. Penny was adopted from the Angels for Animals Shelter in Canfield. She was the first dog I saw and she was in the corner of the cage shaking. I was warned that this dog was severely damaged and it would take a lot of love and care for her to heal. There was no doubt in my mind that Penny was going to be my dog.
When we got home, I took her into the yard for a short walk and to visit the neighbor. Penny got spooked and slipped out of her collar. My heart was broken, and I was so concerned that she was in an unknown area and frightened.
My neighbors and friends immediately responded to my request on Facebook and assisted in looking for her. I received a call from a lady who was walking her dog. Penny followed them into the Millsop School playground. With the assistance of many humans and animals, Penny was caught.
While I was looking for Penny, I prayed that the Lord would use this experience to restore my faith in humanity. Prior to Penny I was getting discouraged about the fact that people had become so self absorbed. I was overwhelmed by the support that was demonstrated by friends and family. This experience has increased my faith in people and in my lord, for I am sure he is who led Penny home. I must give him the thanks. "You have changed my sadness into a joyful dance; you have taken away my sorrow and surrounded me with joy. So I will not be silent; I will praise you, Lord, you are my God I will give You thanks forever. Psalm 30: 11-12.
Special thanks to the neighbors on Courtland Road, Mayor George Kondik, the humane officer and my family and friends.
I appeal to all reading this to do all you can to protect the most vulnerable of God's creation - animals, children and the elderly. May God Bless all of you.
Mary Ann Petrelle