Mail­man’s sym­pa­thy eased pain of los­ing pet

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - THE SOCIAL PAGE -

Over the past sev­eral years, my dog Smitty and I had, on our daily walk, of­ten crossed paths with the neigh­bour­hood mail­man. True to form, a love/hate re­la­tion­ship, at least on Smitty’s part, ex­isted.

The in­evitable, heart­break­ing ex­pe­ri­ence of los­ing that loyal ca­nine com­pan­ion of 12plus years oc­curred re­cently.

Sev­eral days fol­low­ing this sud­den event, on my now soli­tary walk, I met the mail­man. I re­layed the news of Smitty’s sud­den pass­ing, upon which he ex­pressed his sym­pa­thies and con­tin­ued on his route.

The very next day, on re­triev­ing the mail, I held an un­ad­dressed en­ve­lope in my hand. Upon open­ing, I found a pet sym­pa­thy card with a won­der­fully writ­ten per­sonal note. This self-pro­fessed dog lover had rec­og­nized my pain and took the time and ef­fort to ex­press em­pa­thy and ac­knowl­edge my feel­ings.

Thank you, Mark. Your mail de­liv­ery that day is cer­tainly help­ing in cush­ion­ing my loss.

My thanks also to Nat and Kirk for their help and kind­ness when needed.

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