Random Acts of Kindness: Many pitched in to help after a dog was attacked

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I was walking my little dog Benny along the Montour Trail in Bethel Park on Aug. 1 when we came upon a woman walking her dog.

She said he was a 2-year-old bull mastiff that she got as a rescue. Because both dogs seemed eager to meet one another, we let them. Both of them were nose sniffing with their tails wagging, and all seemed fine.

Suddenly, the mastiff lunged and grabbed Benny in his jaws. I became hysterical and tried to pull his jaws apart. He finally let go, leaving Benny a bloody mess.

At that point, a young woman named Jen came running along and offered to help. She gave me her jacket to wrap around Benny and we ran to her car, which was parked at the Irishtown exit.

A man named Ken and his wife, Madge, and her friend Susan also followed and offered to help. The two women went back down the trail to see if they could find the dog owner and her mastiff, but they had disappeared.

Jen drove me to the Castle Shannon Animal Hospital, and Ken and his wife followed. The staff did what they could there before referring us to Pittsburgh Veterinary Specialty & Emergency Center in the North Hills. Jen stayed with us as long as she could and only left when she knew that Ken would drive Benny and me to the North Hills.

I was finally able to reach my daughter-in-law, who arrived shortly and took care of everything after that. Ken stayed until he was sure she was on her way.

Benny lost his eye and had to have his jaw wired. He also had several puncture wounds. The vet said that in time he should be OK (I hope).

Many, many thanks to all the people who helped me. There were several others whose names I couldn’t get.


Bethel Park

A purse left on top of car ended up back with owner

While my husband and I got our sons into their car seats on Aug. 10, I put my small purse on the trunk to free my hands. We pulled out of the garage and headed on our way.

No more than five minutes later, we remembered where I had left my purse. We turned around to retrace our route, but the purse was already unable to be found.

A few minutes later, my brother called my husband to inform us that a woman called him from my cell phone to say that she had picked up my purse. I called her directly, and she made arrangements to drop it off at my home after she was back in the neighborhood.

I truly believe in karma now, as I was on the other end of a similar story a few years ago. I found a money clip with $640 cash at Target, and I made sure it got back to its owner, who thanked me with a cash reward. And after the woman returned my purse that night, I knew she deserved the same. So I forwarded that same cash reward to her.

I am so thankful that her honesty and kindness helped me get my purse back with all items secure. I can only hope that should she ever find something so valuable lost, someone will be as kind as she was to me.



Tourists benefited from one parker’s generosity

As I write this, my wife and I are nearing the conclusion of a memorable San Francisco vacation.

This is a city in which virtually everything, including parking, is expensive, making Pittsburgh seem cheap by comparison. As we were parking at a surface lot on Fisherman’s Wharf for a dinner cruise around the area, we were prepared after 5 p.m. to pay the “discounted” rate of $15.

A gentleman who was pulling out of the lot called us over to offer his parking voucher, providing pre-paid parking for which he had paid $35 for the day. It was valid until well after our event would be over. We thank this thoughtful and gracious man for doing a good deed for two tourists!


Upper St. Clair

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