Puppy Love

Toronto Life - - The Conversation -

John Sem­ley’s tear-jerker about giv­ing up his res­cue dog, Lilly, gen­er­ated a big weepy fan base. Here, a few high­lights…

“I wanted to ex­press my praise and sup­port of John Sem­ley in his strug­gle with a res­cue an­i­mal. I had a very sim­i­lar ex­pe­ri­ence that has haunted me. I’ve al­ways taken pet own­er­ship se­ri­ously, and I felt like a fail­ure not be­ing able to help a poor res­cue dog be at peace in my home, even af­ter thou­sands of dol­lars of train­ing and med­i­ca­tion. It takes a brave per­son to risk the wrath of dog lovers in his hon­est tale, and I ap­plaud him for it.”

—Tara Wood, Toronto

“I’m al­ready tear­ing up and I haven’t even started the body of the story yet; @toron­to­life you’ve missed a per­fect mar­ket­ing op­por­tu­nity w/ Kleenex.”

—@lind­say­jaykay, Twit­ter

“I had just re­turned from view­ing the French movie Happy End­ing, which did not re­ally el­e­vate one’s emo­tions, when I sat down to read ‘Pet Project.’ I was pro­foundly sad­dened that John Sem­ley’s ef­forts did not bear fruit but also puz­zled by a cou­ple of things. It takes guts to take home from a U.S. prison any­thing that breathes. As John was throw­ing $10,000 at the prob­lem, did any of the ‘ex­perts’ he con­sulted sug­gest adopt­ing a small happy Cana­dian dog as a com­pan­ion for Lilly? Per­haps a pal was what she needed af­ter her years in the slam­mer.”

—Ed­ward Gabis, Toronto

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