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« on: May 07, 2007, 02:04:44 am »

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I read this very tragic true story in The Toronto Star a couple of years ago.  It was so profound that I cut the story and kept it in my file.  Today I would like to share it with everyone here.  If there are any animal lovers like me, they'll love this.

Tragedy separated two loving companions when a World War II vet was killed by a train close to his home.  His pet dog refused to leave him after the accident.  The story goes as follows:

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Right uptil the end, Les Mitchell and his little dog Rascal were inseparable pals. 

Even after the 79 year old Mississauga man was struck and killed by a train .. the tiny Lhasa Apso refused to leave his master's side, barking and nipping at emergency workers who arrived to help.

"It was enough to break your heart," said one man who watched the scene. 

Relatives think Rascal, who Mitchell often let run free of his long red leash may have darted onto the tracks.  They believe the Royal Air Force veteran, who would have turned 80 next month, may have reacted instantly and run into the path of the Toronto-bound VIA Rail train ...

He was a familiar sight to residents and shopkeepers as he walked Rascal at least 3 times each day. 

Dressed in a beige overcoat and tan driving cap - Rascal wore a mini-overcoat and booties in winter ..

"Les loved his dog, but he had a very bad habit of walking the dog without his lead on," said a relative.

"We think the dog darted across the track and that Les scurried after him.  He almost cleared across the track but he just didn't make it. ...."

"And how he loved that dog," said a neighbour.  "He'd be out there with him rain or shine. ...."
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I just cannot help getting drenched eyes when I read this ..
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« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2007, 03:09:18 am »

yes, this is heart wrenching.  A bond between an animal and a human is often much stronger than that between humans.  Beautiful post.  This was a particularly touching incident.  Thanks Sister.
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