Editor: On Saturday, October 19th, we were walking our dogs on trails throughout the woods in Victoria Park. We take them to the park on a regular basis, and often let them stroll through the woods off leash with no problems — many others do as well. On this particular day, however, our beautiful German Shepard, Ava, spotted a fox and before we realized it, she had run at full speed into Brighton Road, hitting an SUV that was going by.
Within minutes, there were several kind individuals who ran to assist Ava, including the driver of the vehicle who was at no fault — Ava ran into the back wheel and the driver, Joan, felt the impact but did not see her. Other individuals stopped to help us, each one incredibly kind and concerned. One donated her scarf; they all helped to get Ava into the SUV, and Joan drove us to the vet clinic and waited until our vet arrived. I was astounded by the kindness and generosity shown that late afternoon.
To those who helped us with Ava in Victoria Park, to our wonderful veterinarian, Jen MacLean and her colleagues at the Charlottetown Vet Clinic, and to the compassionate driver of the SUV, Joan, we can't thank you enough. Ava continues to do well and we are hopeful she will fully recover.
Another wonderful example of why Prince Edward Island will always be my home, even though I'm a 'come from away.’