A comment on Otis M. Trimble's Roundup letter of Nov. 22.
I am a human who looks upon dogs, or any animal for that matter, as a "man's best friend." I am not alone with that belief. A dog is a man's best friend, and my "Annie" is certainly one of them. I am not a member of a dog-worshipping cult, as Mr. Trimble implies. I worship God.
Seven days a week, between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., rain or shine, you will see Annie and me walking the streets of Payson North, a total of 18-1/2 miles during the week. I have had as many as 14 children and adults stop and give her a pat on the head during just one trip. Annie is a born lover; so am I, and I would protect her regardless of the threat.
That is exactly what Grant Kuenzli, God bless him, was trying to do when some irresponsible handgun owner threatened his small dog and two others under his care. He lost his life because of that. It was an unjustifiable killing.
Trimble frequently mentions the word "Christian" during his letter writing. I thought he was a Christian, but he admits now that he is not. That's his right. Quoting him, "My momma would say, ‘It's a hit dog that yelps the loudest.'" I might add to "Momma's" remark: it's a shot dog that dies.
One does not have to be a Christian to know what the "Fifth Commandment of God" is. It is "You shall not kill." Perhaps the jury members will remember that during the second-degree murder trial of Harold Fish.
Incidentally, Mr. Trimble, my name in German means "Beloved Angelman." Be careful what you imply.
Dave Engleman, Payson