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Dead End Savior

by Joe Donlon

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Posted on February 1, 2007 at 9:00 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 2:33 PM

There's a road near our house - that ends at the banks of the Tualatin river. I doubt it's on any maps, because it's just a short, dirt road. The neighborhood kids all know about it, though, because no one ever goes back there. There's even a locked gate, to keep vehicles out.

Lucky for me, Tim Schmidt had a key.

As fate would have it, Tim had been hired to do some electrical work - on a remote power station down that road this afternoon. At one point, his work was interruputed by a splashing sound coming from a canal near the river. When he investigated the noise, he found a dog -- frantically paddling for her life -- struggling to keep her head above water.

Tim knew he didn't have much time, so he climbed through thick blackberry bushes - over large boulders - and made his way down the steep bank. When the dog finally made her way over to him, she was exhausted. Tim had to literally carry the 50 pound dog back up the bank, over the boulders, and through the blackberry bushes to safety.

I tell this story as if I were there. I wasn't. In fact, that's how our dog ended up in this situation in the first place. Yes -- that dog, was our beloved boxer. When I left the house, she was enjoying the sunny day in our front yard. Apparently she decided to take a joyride while I was gone. How did she get loose? We have an invisible fence, which works AMAZINGLY well -- but only when the owner actually remembers to put the collar on the dog!

Upon my return, I realized our pup was gone - so, I began the sojourn almost every dog owner knows. All you can do is grab a Tupperware bowl full of treats - and start walking... and yelling.

My wife had arrived by this time, and picked up a message on our phone -- from Tim. Moments later, I came upon the dead end road - and met the soaking wet, muddy man who had saved our dog's life. I have no doubt about that. On any other day, no one would have heard the splashing. No one would have been there to climb down into the water. No one would have been there to carry her up the bank. No one would have been there to call us. No one would have been there -- period. I can't begin to tell you how devastating that would have been.

So, to Tim -- I want to say, "Thank you." And to you, I would say -- if you need any electrical work done, I have a reference for you. Tim Schmidt works for GOT POWER ELECTRIC. His number is 503-722-1295. He has three employees, and he told me he's doing his best to build his business through word of mouth.

If what he did today - is any indication of his level of service, I think he's going to do well. Take it from a satisfied customer.

Joe Donlon