The story of Sammie’s rescue is one with a happy ending and a moral, and the moral is the important part.
Sammie is a 100-pound Bernese Mountain dog who was off-leash and happily roaming about the Katherine Legge Memorial Park last week — a rainy Halloween morning as you may recall. Due to the rain, one of the streams was rushing and gurgling and all that wet motion attracted Sammie, who enjoys water and swimming according to Linda Lozier, Sammie’s owner. A playful pounce into the water quickly overwhelmed the big strong dog. It engulfed her and dragged her to the culvert where she disappeared.
The housekeeper with Sammie rushed to the Hinsdale Humane Society where, extremely distraught and bordering on hysterical, she asked for help, according to Lori Halligan, executive director.
This humane society contacted the Hinsdale Police Department, and then the Hinsdale Public Works Department became involved as did the Burr Ridge Police and Public Works departments. Privately, no one was expecting a very good outcome for Sammie, but ultimately, the culvert was tracked and Sammy was found by Laurie Lane in Burr Ridge.
“I would call it miraculous,” Halligan said.
Sammie was home safe and sound after a visit to the vet. Her nail beds and paws were injured and should fully recover — this big dog didn’t get dragged so far without a fight.
“It’s amazing,” Lozier said. “We’re just so grateful.”
Lozier does want to warn other families with dogs and even children about the park and the streams during rain. Sammie won’t be there in the rain anymore.
She asked the horrifying question: “What if that was a person?”
All Family Education
Saturday, Nov. 9, is the All Family Education Series, courtesy of Elementary District 181. Once again, we are given opportunities to learn how to be more effective parents to our children. Parents will be able to attend two of the five different workshops offered that morning. The topics are: Preparing An Effective Individualized Education Plan; Homework Skills and Support; Student Use of Texting and Social Media; What Does Social Emotional Learning Have to Do With It?; and Preparing for Successful Parent-Teacher Conferences. The conference starts at 9 a.m. and will be held at Elm School, 6010 S. Elm St. in Burr Ridge. It is free and open to the public, though registration is required. Visit www.d181.org and click on the Learning For All tab.
Life Without Fear
Life Without Fear this attention-grabbing headline sounds attractive to this mother of two teens. That talk will be given by Ginny Luedeman, a member of the Christian Science Board of Lecturers at 3 p.m. Sunday at the First Church of Christ the Scientist, 405 E. First St.,Hinsdale. Luedeman is a Salem, Oregon-based, nationally recognized and acclaimed lecturer within the larger Church of Christ the Scientist. Among the issues discussed will be family conflicts and abuse, health challenges, panic attacks and dealing with children who are out of control. The lecture is free and open to the public. Call (630) 323-0781 or visit www.chicagospirituality.com/calendar.