Stewart and Lee Erwin, Hearts of Gold
If you've lived in Clarksville any length of time, you may know Lee Erwin, the promotions director at 5-Star Radio. Lee is a great guy, who gives a lot back to the community helping nonprofit organizations. You won't meet a nicer guy.
Many years ago, he adopted a dog, Trixie, from Cats Are Us. Trixe was about 7 when Lee adopted her, and he enjoyed her company for about 7 more years. Like anyone who loves their pet, Lee took her death hard. He didn’t get another dog right away, in fact, he was hesitant about it. You know how it is when you lose one and go through that pain. Those who knew him always asked him about his getting another dog, and he wasn’t ready. He also was concerned about his job keeping him away too much, though he did say he missed having a dog to walk with every day like he did with Trixie.
One day I took pet pictures at Inge Irby’s Second Chance & Happy Tails to put up on her Petfinder site. There I saw, Stewart, a male dog that looked a LOT like Trixie. He was older too, and a sweetheart. I told Inge that he’d be perfect for Lee.
Fate: that same day, I stopped at Kroger on Wilma Rudolph, where I NEVER had shopped before. I stopped by on a whim since I was in the area and needed groceries. Who do I see there in the store? Lee! I told him how I just met his “new dog.”
Lee thought about, and with some encouragement from his girlfriend, decided to adopt Stewart. Stewart was sent on his way to the vet to get neutered, and somehow, he got loose and went missing! We were all devastated worrying about both Stewart and Lee. We made flyers and called area shelters and put an ad in the paper. And guess what? He was found and returned and Lee finally made him a part of his family.
Lee had him only a few weeks, when it was discovered he had a hernia problem. Stewart had to undergo surgery, and many hundreds of dollars later, Stewart was back at his new home. He fit right in and Lee had another dog to walk with.
That was about a year ago. Friday I was devastated to learn from Lee that Stewart had died. He developed some more stomach/bowl problems, and when Lee took him to the vet and they opened him up to try and fix things, they found the hernia had wound its way extensively around Stewart’s intestines. The vet recommended putting him down, as it was just too much damage to make Stewart better.
Needless to say, I’m heart-broken for Lee, who had a long, hard path to be ready for another dog after Trixie died. Why did he have to lose Stewart so quickly? We will never understand why such things happen, but I know Lee has a heart of gold and I know Stewart was lucky to have a happy life with him after years of being neglected. I just hope Lee will remember when he’s ready, that there are lots of Trixies and Stewarts out there that need someone just like him. I hope he doesn't wait too long, though I understand everyone is different in how they greive. I'm grieving for Lee and Stewart. I ask why did this have to happen to him, so soon? But I know from my own experience with Yogi's death, that things happen for a reason and purpose we don't always understand and that good does come from hurtful things.
Keep Lee in your thoughts and prayers.
posted by Sandy at 2/11/2007 12:25:00 PM