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  1. Lucas says:

    Hi there,
    My dad was the RN on the scene. I want to express my sympathies to you from all of us. I would like you to email me and get in contact. I stayed and talked to the police regarding the electrical hazard and I would like to follow up. Let me know if there is anything I can do to help.

  2. Lisa says:

    My heartfelt sympathies to you and all involved. I can not even imagine. I encourage yu to go to petloss.com as this is where I went when I lost my pup the thing that really helped me through. I am certain no one has gone through a tragedy such as yours but the loss the pain. We are here for you

    • Thank you so much. I miss Sammy so much, he was my best buddy. Please refer to my blog regularly, I will be working hard to make changes….Sammy and I want to keep people and their pets safe.

  3. Dean Jacobsen says:

    I don’t know what I’d do if this happened to my dog. People need to understand how important pets are to pet owners. (For those who don’t have children, pets ARE our children.) How can we protect ourselves from such an incident?

  4. sherry 0hlarik says:

    I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved ‘Sammy’. Please know that he is at peace playing at the ‘Rainbow Bridge’. He is with all different shapes and sizes of other ‘Furbabies’. He is watching over you . God Bless You ! ❤ ❤
    Sherry Ohlarik ❤

  5. truheather says:

    We wish you peace during this awful time, and we look forward to following your blog. Take care.

  6. Rudi Schmidt says:

    We are thinking of you, and Sammy. Please contact me about any specific ‘funds’ you need to pull you through. My spouse, Karen, and me are dog lovers and appreciate people who love their dogs.

  7. Kandace says:

    I just want to send my deepest condolenses for your loss. I know what it is like to lose a dog that you love more than anything else in the world. Just know that Sammy will never leave your side. He knows how much you love him and always will. Dogs are the greatest creatures on the Earth. We need more people in this world who love their dogs as much as you and I.

  8. Lisa,
    I saw your story on the news last night and I bawled.
    I feel so badly for you because my dogs are my children too, and losing him in that way is incredibly heart breaking.
    I am inspired to send you a gift in memory of Sammy.
    When you are ready, please email me at susan@yourpetmagnet.com

    In Sympathy,

  9. Dave says:

    Lisa, my heart broke for you as I read about Sammy in the paper. I believe that even though he’s stepped beyond this vale of tears, Sammy’s still with you, his spirit free from pain. What would he want for you, if not happiness? I wish you peace, and send a big hug.

  10. Gordon says:

    My heart is broken for your loss. I am also a dog owner and know how much happiness and joy Apollo brings to me. I’m also irate that this could even happen! I’d like to complain to someone but don’t know to whom.

  11. Rebecca says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I read about your story in my paper this morning and it is so tragic. I have a GSP and I cannot imagine the pain of losing him. Your Sammy was a handsome dog and I’m sure he kept you on your toes. Even though they are sometimes crazy-energetic dogs, I’m sure all GSPs go to doggy heaven 🙂

  12. David Spies says:

    Hi Lisa,
    I just read about your story in the Seattle PI in regards to how you lost your best friend “Sammy”. I can’t imagine the pain and loss you must feel. A pet is part of the family and any loss of a pet is a tragedy. I hope you find the strength to make it through the rest of the holidays and every day knowing that Sammy is right by your side. You carry him in your memories. He will always be there with you.
    – David

  13. TifOtter says:

    I am so very sorry to hear about the tragic and traumatic loss of your sweet pup, Sammy. My condolences to you.

  14. I am so deeply sorry for you and for poor Sammy. I cant imagine what youve been through. I am a dog lover myself (4dogs) and I couldnt bare having to go thru such a terrible incident. Please try to be strong and know he’d want you to get past this. He’s still with you in spirit and will forever be in your heart. May God bless you and help you through the holidays now and always.

  15. Jessi Richardson says:

    I am so very, very sorry to learn about Sammy and your horrible experience. I adore my pets as if they are my own children and I imagine you feel the same, which makes this senseless loss even more heartbreaking. Please know that you have a huge community supporting you and praying for peace and closure. I know that Sammy is looking on thankful for the work you are doing and hopeful that your heart will heal.


  16. kb says:

    Dear Lisa and family,
    I am so sad for your very tragic loss. I can’t imagine how awful it must have been. Thank you for bringing attention to this issue and hopefully preventing more people and dear pets from having this happen to them. We can help by sharing your story. I’d like to see more pictures of Sammy when you feel up to posting them.
    Sammy and his love will always be with you. May you find peace and comfort with your loved ones and in your happy memories of your sweet Sammy.

  17. Kristen Adams says:

    I am so sorry this has happened to you and Sammy. I don’t know what I would do if something happened to my Mango. I’ll keep the both of you in my heart, lets make this right!

  18. Neens says:

    We’re the family with the Labrador that was also shocked on that block. Feel free to e-mail me.

  19. kb says:

    The blog at http://www.petconnection.com did a little link to your tragedy from the Queen Anne View. Maybe they would like to do a full story to help bring attention to this issue?

  20. Blair Sorrel says:

    Lisa, I am very saddened to learn of your tragic loss especially as we have labored for nearly a decade, voluntarily, to try to prevent such grim news. I wanted you to have a copy of this recent article and hope that Sammy’s terrible loss will educate others and bring eventual solace to you in so doing. Please let me know if I may be of more help.

    Best regards,

    Blair Sorrel


    Blair Sorrel, Founder

    Contact voltage is a chronic hidden hazard that can readily victimize an unsuspecting dog, walker, or both. No dog lover could possibly observe a more horrifying scene than witnessing his beloved pet instantaneously maimed or tragically electrocuted. When you exercise your pooch, please exercise greater prudence. Common outdoor electrical and metal fixtures may shock or even kill your vulnerable dog. And depending upon the current, the walker will be bitten and like poor Aric Roman, suffer permanently. But you can, indeed, self-protect.

    Just start to adopt this simple strategy — EYEBALL THE BLOCK, AND AVOID A SHOCK. Take a few seconds and make your trajectory toward generally safer, free standing, non-conductive surfaces, ie., plastic, wood, cardboard. Intuit your dog’s cues and if it’s resistant, change directions. Work site perimeters may be live so try to elude them. If necessary, switch sides of the street or your hands when leading to skirt hazards. If you traverse the same route, you may memorize locations of potential dangers. Carry your pooch when in doubt. Consider indoor restroom products like PottyPark when external conditions are chancy or RopeNGo’s hardware-free leash and harness. And don’t rely on dog booties as a palliative as they will actually put your pet at even greater risk since the dog can’t tell you they’re leaking! To learn to more, please see StreetZaps. A safer walk is yours year round if you are willing to open to your eyes and mind to it.

  21. T J Longwill says:

    Sorry for your loss…I’m on my 3rd German Shorthair…First was Pepper, then Lady, now Tiny…………Just the best all-around dogs…………So sad

  22. CavalierMama says:

    I was sickened to hear your tragic story from a friend last week. That day I gave my 2 Cavaliers even more hugs and kisses. I wanted to let you know how sad I am for you. Our pets are family, and I cannot imagine the terror you experienced and the heartache you now feel. Your precious Sammy will be forever in your heart.

  23. David P. says:

    I would be absolutely devastated if this happened to my dog or child.

    Utility companies have been very concerned about such stray voltage problems for several years. There have even been dedicated conferences, such as the annual Jodie Lane National Conference for Stray Voltage Detection, Mitigation & Prevention — an annual event sponsored by Con Ed through EPRI .

    The Jodie Lane National Conference is the power industry’s attempt at a comprehensive event focused on urban stray voltage and public safety issues. During the conference, representatives from leading utilities and other interested parties across the U.S. discuss distribution performance, incidents that have occurred in their regions, how incidents can be addressed, and what the plans are going forward. This event offers opportunities for workshop attendees to hear the latest information on the subject and exchange ideas on testing and maintenance practices, investment plans and R&D initiatives.

    For past presentations/reports, go to http://www.epri.com

    Presentations from the 2007 event can be found here:
    (about a 7MB download)

    The press calling hazardous voltages at public accessible locations “stray voltage” has confused the industry. The term includes both elevated neutral voltage as well as hazardous contact voltage due to transient faults at public accessible locations.

  24. Linda says:

    Hi Lisa & Nancy, keep up the good work educating people about the problem. Something similar happened in 2009 here in Honolulu, Hawaii, where a man was electrocuted standing on a sidewalk plate and touching a nearby light pole. This problem affects people as well as our pets! And it is all over!

    Sammy was the bestest dog, all our love, Linda

  25. Liz says:

    Dear Lisa,

    I hadn’t heard about your story until the Seattle PI tweeted this morning (http://www.seattlepi.com/local/431835_citylight15.html) about three more dangerous streetlights found in the South end of Seattle. As a college kid that just graduated from the First Hill neighborhood, it’s scary to think that I, or someone I know, could have easily stepped near one of these light poles. I am so very sorry to hear about your loss, and I want you to know that I will be spreading your story among my friends and family. No dog, cat, child, mom, dad, friend deserves to have this happen to them, and I’m sorry that it took your loss to bring this issue to the surface in our very own city. My thoughts are with you and Sammy.

    All the best,
    Liz S.

  26. Dear Lisa McKibbin,
    A Memorial donation to Pasado’s Safe Haven was made in Sammy’s honor :
    By Blanca Hernandez:
    Sammy Dog, Our Hearts go out to you and wanted you to know we are thinking of Sammy during this holiday season.
    All the best, Karla, Blanca, and Sophie

  27. cb says:

    Hi, Lisa,
    I’m crying again for your loss as I leave this message. Thank you for your work to get Seattle City Light to do yearly testing. Sammy is proud.
    Looks like Snohomish PUD is trying to dodge the issue now. That would be my well informed and angry comment here:

    • Hi there, oh goodness, you know, I just wrote a post on my blog and included your comment, it was so serendipitous to get your comment because I was missing my Sam so much, thinking about the Mountlake Terrace incident and was crying when I went to check my email and there your comment was..and you were doing the exact same thing–crying! I was like, WHOA! Thank you so much for your sweet thoughts and reading my blog, it means so much to me, I don’t know how much influence I had on the City of Seattle, but I can only continue to write and inform others about the dangers of contact voltage and keeping people and pets safe. I hope you find my latest blog entry about Mountlake Terrace a little compelling, I hope the city implements a testing program as well, it will save lives. The PUD’s response is very similar to that of the City of Seattle’s when Sam was killed, not only was losing him a nightmare, but dealing with the City of Seattle was a horrible experience as well. Thank you again for your heartfelt thoughts, Sammy was the best dog, he was my best friend, my soul mate, not a day goes by that I don’t think of and miss him. 🙂

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