To the editor:

Gratitude. Today at CTS Animal Center, a Boston terrier was “dropped off.” Her good fortune was that Leona Berry was there. This terrier was so malnourished, she was nothing but bones and skin and she was nearly frozen to death. The people who dropped her off said she wouldn’t eat. There was no explanation of why she was so cold.

Leona warmed her with her own body heat and blankets. After an hour, the sweet terrier was still nonresponsive. Leona took her back to the Small Animal Pet Clinic, where she was placed on heating pads and warmed oat pads. She was so cold; her temperature wouldn’t register on the thermometer. She received IV fluids, along with much petting and reassuring voices. After a few hours, she began to respond. She was offered food, which she promptly ate and wanted much more.

The staff has named her Ginny. “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus?” She has a long road to health and will need a home that will offer warmth, love, fun, and food.

I have immense gratitude for the people who care for the furry creatures with whom we share our lives. Ghandi wrote “The greatness of a nation can be judged on how its animals are treated.”

Thank you, Leona, Dr. Geeslin, and the staff of the Small Animal Pet Clinic. And, thank you Ginny for the reminder that there are great people in our community.

Cary Perrin