May 12th 2012 8:26 pm
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By Jessica M. Pasko - Santa Cruz Sentinelsantacruzsentinel.com
Posted: 05/10/2012 04:45:44 PM PDT
May 11, 2012 12:1 AM
About a week after his owner was killed in a hit-and-run accident, Ozziet the dog has a new leash on life.
Ozziet, a 5-year-old Cairn terrier mix, was found next to the body of his owner Joshua Laven last Friday on northbound Highway 1, near Davenport. A couple passing by discovered Laven's body as many as 12 hours after he was hit while riding his bicycle.
"I've known Josh since I was 15," Kimberly Day of Pacifica said Thursday. "I'm happy to take him (Ozziet) - it's the least I could do."
Day, a longtime friend of Laven's family, picked up Ozziet Thursday from the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter, where he'd been taken after the accident. Ozziet, who was riding in a crate attached to Laven's bike, was being treated for minor injuries there.
Shelter officials said they'd received a number of inquiries from people wondering what would happen to this brave little dog.
Ozziet whimpered sadly as supervisor Linda Puzziferro carried him over to Day. The 16-pound dog, who resembles faithful canine Toto from "The Wizard of Oz," still has a shock of purple fur on his head, remnants of a dye job from Laven, who'd once worked as a hairdresser.
Day cradled the nervous little dog in her arms and said it was the first time she'd met him. She wanted the dog to be cared for somewhere close by, where Laven's family would have close contact with his caretaker.
Her eventual hope is to reunite Ozziet with Laven's family, but she will take care of him until then.
"All of us are kind of hoping he will go back to Josh's family," she said, adding that she believes the eventual reunion would be healing for all.
Laven's mother, Jennifer Putnam of Massachusetts, said her son was a huge dog lover who was devoted to Ozziet. He'd had to leave the dog with Putnam during a four-month trek to study yoga in India, much to his disappointment.
Putnam said she hoped it would be healing for Day as well.
"I lost my 15-year-old dog about a month ago," Day said.
While Ozziet is no longer looking for a home, Animal Shelter officials remind residents that there are many other dogs at the shelter seeking their own happy ending
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It is not really emphasized in this story but sweet, brave little Ozziet stayed by his person's side for about 12 hours until he and his person's body were discovered by the side of the road. Perhaps Joshua died right away or perhaps Ozziet filled his last earthly moments with comfort and companionship.
The humom used to volunteer at the Santa Cruz Animal Shelter and nice place that it is, she is glad he is out of there and home with a friend.
Thank you for sharing this with Jamaica. How very sad that Ozziet lost his loving human so tragically. I hope he can find happiness in his new home.
This made my night... not the sad death and the sheer evil of the hit and run... but the dedication of the little dog.. and the care and love that folk have shown. Something good from the evil.
Very touching story. Sad as to the owner`s death but happy as well for the dedication and new home for the dog!
Aww...so darn sad...but happy that Ozziet will be cared for.