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A belated thanks in poodle rescue

December 9, 2010
Lake Placid News
To the editor,

  A belated thank you to the Lake Placid and Keene communities. 

On Saturday, Feb. 6, I was hiking Cascade with our two poodles, Leaf and Hudson. Near the top I became separated from Leaf. We searched with little respite and one of the things that kept us going was the help, advice and support of the High Peaks community. The good memories of their help made a permanent silver lining to our passing cloud.

Many people I contacted were in the middle of something else, but I wasn’t dismissed as another tourist causing trouble and there was a high level of graciousness and hospitality to strangers many other resorts could learn from. Thank you for making us feel so welcome in your community.

  The police and rangers were patient and understanding and gave clear advice.  Thank you, we greatly appreciate the dedication and availability of DEC rangers. The DEC evening dispatcher, Ann McBride gave us our first morale boost. Jim Giglinto advised us on keeping connected with a dog rapidly going feral. Charlie Platt’s dedication and concern impressed us when we met him checking for Leaf late Saturday night at Marcy Field. 

I learned a huge lesson about the impact of a moment’s carelessness and the ripples of effort it takes to redress it.

We could never have managed without the kindness of the staff of Art Devlin’s Olympic Motor Inn. Our special thanks to Elaine at the front desk who was helpful and truly concerned. She was the spirit of hospitality brought to life. We are deeply grateful to her sympathetic support. 

Thank you to North Country Public Radio for its commitment to serving the community. Several people I spoke to while searching mentioned hearing about Leaf on the radio. 

Thanks to Yvette Tillema, Keene’s volunteer animal control officer. Yvette deserves special praise and gratitude. Her passion, purpose and belief in “poodle power” kept us going. She suggested resources and shared poodle survival stories and covered rough terrain on Leaf’s behalf. 

Also, our grateful thanks to the following: North Country School, Mr. Corwin and the South Meadow sugarers, the local guide services, Mt. Van Hoevenberg and the Cascade Ski Center, the High Peaks Cyclery staff, Sue Ellen and Jim Van Woert for kind word’s and Jim’s skiing search efforts, Marty Perkins, the Lake Placid animal control officer, Doris and Warren Stout, John Scherer and Sue Vitro, and Carol Neilsen for being such a calm communications hub in a crisis.

The four of us look forward to our return to Lake Placid. The High Peaks are a special place for us.  Thanks to you we will bring new gratitude and a feeling of connection on our visits. We will never forget the people who exemplify the good, kind and generous spirit of your community. On behalf of my husband, Kevin Higgins, and myself, thank you from the bottom of our hearts.


Fiona Farrell



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