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Dogs Of Couple Who Die In Crash Need Home

Dogster member Sasha just gave me a bark about a couple in Schaumburg, IL. who were killed in a motorcycle accident leaving their four dogs...

Horst Hoefinger  |  Sep 17th 2009


fourpups190475Dogster member Sasha just gave me a bark about a couple in Schaumburg, IL. who were killed in a motorcycle accident leaving their four dogs homeless.

Mike Kelm and his wife Sue went out for a motorcycle ride on Labor Day to enjoy the beautiful weather. And to get out of the house because it was few days before Sue had cancer surgery. Tragically they were both killed when struck by a car. The couple had no children but they do have four dependents, their precious dogs.

While the family grieves over the loss of their loved ones they are trying to honor the couple by finding a new home for all four pups. Here are the details from the Daily Herald.

“They had no children of their own,” the Kelms’ niece Kim Mayer of Joliet said. “These were their children. And as much as people could spoil animals, they did.”

The dogs are Anacortes, 6, a female lab mix; Cedonia, 3, a female husky mix; Tacoma, 7, a male lab mix; and Everett, 4, a male Australian shepherd-lab mix.

“They are their own pack,” Mayer said. “They really take good care of each other.”

Until a permanent home is found the dogs are being taken care of at the Chicago Canine Club in Burr Ridge. Anyone interested in adopting the Kelms’ dogs should arrange an appointment by contacting Kathy Deets at the Chicago Canine Club at (708) 542-8969 or via email. Or Mayer at (815) 272-4583 or via email.

Our condolences to the Kelm family. We hope the pups find a home where they can stay together, I can’t think of a better tribute to Mike and Sue Kelm.

*Photo courtesy Tanit Jarusan|Staff Photographer Daily Herald