Thank you so much for the story of Cubby. He belongs to my daughter Kristin Quinlan. I am so pleased you captured the joy she felt at being reunited with Cubby. She and her family were devastated when he disappeared. She searched for him day and night and was sent many well meaning but false leads. Unfortunately, our hearts break as I have to let you know, Cubby, who was seemingly well on the mend, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly yesterday. With the help of some very kind people, I was able to make arrangements for his cremation. And- she has your story to keep the memory forever in her heart. As sad as this news is, my brave daughter sees this as the final gift of being with Cubby one more day before he left this world. She feels she got this gift of one more day and the knowledge of finally knowing where Cubby was. I believe this story is one of Cubby's bravery; the true belief that he knew how very loved he was and how determined he was to make it back to the family he was taken from months back. He was just a tiny little toy pomeranian- but he had the spirit of a giant, making it all the way home again to pass peacefully in the home of his beloved family. He is a hero. And- I am so very proud of my daughter who, even in her grief, sees the hope and gift that we must never lose sight of; she got to have Cubby, one more day, something most people who lose a loved one, wish for, but never get.
Thank you for your article,
Colleen Fusetti (Kristin's mom)