Years ago, prior to the modern day paramedic, I was a volunteer fire fighter, We were the front lines on accident scenes, tending to the injured as best as we could, untill the ambulance crew would arrive. I delt with serious injury and death on a regular basis. I share this with you because duing this time I had taken in an older stray mixed breed dog, who was always there when I would get home, with the same amout of love and happiness day in and day out.

I related to something you said on the Laurs Ingraham show about guilt. I had dealt with the loss of property and life with out any emotion. Never a tearrarely a follow up. When Larry (the dog) failed to wake up one morning, I lost it.  I was out of it for day, absolutly devastated. Then the guilt set in as someone pointed out he was only a dog… He was so much more to me. I had a real guilt about not feeling the same way about the people that crossed my path… I just wish I could remember your exact words.

It has been a long time, but now I have a 7 year old Cocker Spaniel, that I bought from some one who got sick right after the litter was born and I have had her since shew was small enough to ride in my coat pocket. Your interview with Shawn and Laura has made me relize that her time here is short, and how much she means to me.

My condolances for your loss

Andy from MD