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Letter to the Editor... Kindness of Cloquet citizens unforgettable

Kindness of Cloquet citizens unforgettable To the Editor: Our beloved black lab went missing on Sept. 1 from our daughter's home on North Highway 33. We did everything imaginable to get him back. We put up flyers. We crawled along back roads ever...

Kindness of Cloquet citizens unforgettable

To the Editor:

Our beloved black lab went missing on Sept. 1 from our daughter's home on North Highway 33. We did everything imaginable to get him back. We put up flyers. We crawled along back roads every day, whistling for him and calling his name. We chased after promises of sightings once we'd receive phone calls (and believe me... we received phone calls!). There was no lack of perseverance on our part.

But we were not alone. There were so many concerned community members out there who also persevered. From the Cloquet Middle and High School staff and students who put up flyers and persistently asked if we'd found "Clifford" yet, to the gentleman who trapped someone else's black lab in his garage until we raced there to confirm that, no, it was not our Clifford. We had people calling us at all times, excitedly telling us they were sure they'd seen Clifford in their backyard just that morning. We had many businesses agree to put up flyers, even when many have as their stated policy not to allow such things. We had complete strangers creeping along the roads, continuously on the lookout for our missing pet. We had elementary school students remembering Clifford in their prayers. Even the high school principal whipped into action when we received a call of a potential sighting on 18th Street! The community was incredibly helpful and overwhelmingly generous in its response to our missing companion.

All those prayers and perseverance paid off. Clifford was found Sept. 7 by a kind and considerate angel who risked her own safety to stop threatening traffic to "rescue" him. He was quite a distance from home - 30 miles - but he was found. His pads were scraped and tender; his weight appeared minimized; his usual hyperactivity the next few days was nonexistent. But as soon as we got him home, he was a very comforted, content and catered-to black lab.

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Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Cloquet members and the surrounding communities proved to us over and over that the kindness here is limitless. What a happy ending to what could have been a very sad story. Imagine if Clifford could talk... what an adventure I am sure he could tell. I guess I don't even want to know!

Tony and Deb Fisher, Cloquet

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