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Death of Tucker the Peace Dog touches hundreds
State Journal Register (Illinois) ^ | Jan 31, 2013 | Dave Bakke

Posted on 02/01/2013 7:17:02 AM PST by KeyLargo

Death of Tucker the Peace Dog touches hundreds

By DAVE BAKKE (dave.bakke@sj-r.com) The State Journal-Register Posted Jan 31, 2013

Tucker the Peace Dog died last Saturday morning in the arms of his owner, Jill Grove. For four years from 2001 to 2005, Tucker and Jill appeared at numerous assemblies at Springfield elementary schools.

Tucker and his message of peace had a lasting impact for hundreds of students. Some of those kids found a friend in that golden retriever. Tucker was someone they could talk to — more specifically, someone they could write to. Here are excerpts, just as they were written, from letters to Tucker from two of those kids after he visited their schools:

“I am being treated different by the children in my neighborhood. They are calling me fat girl, fatty and big girl. I ask them to please stop. I try to tell them how I feel but I come to you for advice ...”

“I have a big problom. Nobody whats to play with me. Some day I will find a friend mayby. I am lonly when theres nobody here. My mother doseont love me and my dad. Can you help me?” At the end of that letter, the student’s principal attached an explanatory note. The student wanted to write to Tucker because, the student said, “he understands.”

Tucker always replied to the letters. Jill created stationery for him with his paw print signature. Some of those letters are surely in cedar chests or scrapbooks around town. Even 10 years after Tucker attended assemblies, he was recognized on Springfield streets. He was probably wearing the blue and white Peace Dog cape Jill’s mother made for him to wear during his school visits.

(Excerpt) Read more at sj-r.com ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Local News; Pets/Animals; Society
KEYWORDS: children; doggieping; dogs; illinois; workingdogs
Just a little uplifting story for us dog lovers today.

"I’m also pretty sure Tucker knew that there would be heartaches when he left me, but trusted that I, who loved him more than anyone, would know that he came here when he was needed and stayed, touching the hearts and lives of adults and children. And after his years of service and heart touching, needed to rest to get ready for his next adventure. He has an important job coming up.”


1 posted on 02/01/2013 7:17:13 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

“Tucker the Peace Dog”, WHAT PAP! Ya wonder why kids today ARE SCREWED UP!


2 posted on 02/01/2013 7:21:28 AM PST by US Navy Vet (Go Packers! Go Rockies! Go Boston Bruins! See, I'm "Diverse"!)
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To: KeyLargo

3 posted on 02/01/2013 7:27:58 AM PST by Past Your Eyes (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it.)
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To: US Navy Vet

My thoughts exactly.


4 posted on 02/01/2013 7:36:07 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: US Navy Vet

Very true the dog never wrote a letter it its life.


5 posted on 02/01/2013 7:46:44 AM PST by riverrunner
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To: US Navy Vet

Exactly some poor dog drafted into the left’s spin machine.


6 posted on 02/01/2013 7:53:20 AM PST by JLS
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To: KeyLargo

>> fat girl, fatty and big girl.

Uh, Try loosing some weight.

>> I have a big problom [sic]. Nobody whats [sic] to play with me. Some day I will find a friend mayby [sic]. I am lonly [sic] when theres [sic]nobody here. My mother doseont [sic] love me and my dad. Can you help me?

So, let’s get this straight - you’re asking an animal that uses his tongue as toilet paper to have enough sense to help you? Until Fido comes up with a solution, perhaps you should pay a bit more attention in English class.

PS - Nice pix of canine fecal matter being spread over Blubella’s chin. Ugh.


7 posted on 02/01/2013 7:56:33 AM PST by QBFimi (When gunpowder speaks, beasts listen.)
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To: KeyLargo; Joe 6-pack

Doggie ping

Can we get some sympathetic comments about the loss of poor Tucker, the Peace Dog, who lit the lives of many children on this thread? May he R.I.P. (no pun intended)


8 posted on 02/01/2013 8:15:12 AM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: BenLurkin

My first thought too. Glad to know I’m not alone in thinking this was just a load of dog poop.


9 posted on 02/01/2013 8:37:30 AM PST by Conservative4Ever (I'm going Galt)
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To: US Navy Vet

Some of these kids had serious life issues, and the appropriate action was for them to write letters to a dog!?

Well of course, because the caring dog wrote back.

Madness. The loony left couldn’t just stick with reality, and simply let the kids spend time with a sweet-natured dog.

And why am I not surprised that this story included a sympathy play of the lesbian card.

RIP, Tucker. You didn’t know you were being used.


10 posted on 02/01/2013 9:08:13 AM PST by Ezekiel (The Obama-nation began with the Inauguration of Desolation.)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I knew when I posted this article those that have no compassion over dogs and how they bring joy to many would post vile replies since they are incapable of reading no further than the title of the article sadly.


11 posted on 02/01/2013 9:29:03 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: QBFimi

These are kids. C’mon.

No wonder I like my dog better than people.


12 posted on 02/01/2013 10:22:46 AM PST by green pastures (Cynicism-- it's not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: QBFimi

p.s. Uh, try using the correct word, which is “losing” not “loosing.” Losing, loser. Loosing, looser.

When you lose weight, your clothes become looser. When you can’t express even iota of compassion for another human being, you’re a loser.

Maybe you would have picked up on the distinction had you paid a bit more attention in English class.


14 posted on 02/01/2013 10:34:52 AM PST by green pastures (Cynicism-- it's not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: KeyLargo

Jill is not only dealing with Tucker’s death, but with the impending death of her longtime life partner, Donna Brown.

***
Yuck! Homo agenda at work.


15 posted on 02/01/2013 10:39:22 AM PST by Bigg Red (Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved! -Ps80)
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To: KeyLargo

Well, I do love dogs, and I know that they bring joy to people’s lives — including mine — but, I’m sorry, this story is not a good example.


16 posted on 02/01/2013 10:41:23 AM PST by Bigg Red (Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved! -Ps80)
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To: AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; SandRat; arbooz; potlatch; afraidfortherepublic; ...
WOOOF!

Computer Hope

The Doggie Ping list is for FReepers who would like to be notified of threads relating to all things canid. If you would like to join the Doggie Ping Pack (or be unleashed from it), FReemail me.

17 posted on 02/01/2013 4:03:36 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: QBFimi

Aren’t you a charmer, though!

By the way, your English, too, needs improvement. It’s “losing” not “loosing.” You can look it up.


18 posted on 02/01/2013 7:04:11 PM PST by OldPossum
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To: Joe 6-pack

Sometimes, this place makes me want to puke.

/somebody who had nobody to talk to about being molested except for her dog, who kept her relatively sane


19 posted on 02/01/2013 9:28:04 PM PST by Salamander (We're all kinds of animals comin' round here...occasional demons, too.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

RIP: Barney Bush, Former First Dog
By Z. Byron Wolf | ABC OTUS News – 16 hrs ago

http://news.yahoo.com/rip-barney-bush-former-first-dog-223210878—abc-news-politics.html


20 posted on 02/02/2013 7:05:26 AM PST by KeyLargo
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To: OldPossum

>> It’s “losing” not “loosing.” You can look it up.

And most of us on FR can, from time to time, look up “typo”.
Having worked as a proofreader, I can assure you that most of us are not overly proficient at proofreading our own stuff.

As to the other comments - childhood adolescent interactions serve to prepare us to enter the sometimes not too touchy-feely world of adulthood. What ever happened to “Sticks and stones will break my bones...”? And, as to the atrocious spelling of the other child, any guess as to the competency of the teacher who has let the dog into the classroom, let alone whether or not there’s a father in the home that helps the little ones with their homework?


21 posted on 02/02/2013 9:06:41 PM PST by QBFimi (When gunpowder speaks, beasts listen.)
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To: QBFimi

I acknowledge the probability of a typo in this instance since your spelling is otherwise OK. But you surely have noticed how often Freepers confuse “lose” with “loose.” Many use the latter when the former is called for. I just saw this as another example of that confusion.


22 posted on 02/03/2013 7:03:15 AM PST by OldPossum
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To: QBFimi

I acknowledge the probability of a typo in this instance since your spelling is otherwise OK. But you surely have noticed how often Freepers confuse “lose” with “loose.” Many use the latter when the former is called for. I just saw this as another example of that confusion.


23 posted on 02/03/2013 7:03:35 AM PST by OldPossum
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