Van stolen with pet’s ashes inside

A little north of Ballard, in Broadview, someone stole a VW Eurovan out of Katie Barloon’s driveway late last week. She writes us:

“Along with many possessions, my dog’s ashes were inside. It’s very sad to me and I feel helpless. Although the van is my sole transportation with three kids, I don’t so much care about it. It will be replaced by insurance. However, my dod Harry was my best friend and losing him has been the hardest thing I have been through in my 37 years! He was very young and was diagnosed with untreatable cancer last February. It took his life in March and because Harry loved the van, we have been letting him RIP in it. Harry would always make sure he was in the van so he would always be included in our family outings, so we figured that he would love stay in there until we did a proper burial.”

Katie asks that you be on the lookout for a 2003 Silver VW Eurovan with a “We Love Our Pets” specialty plate, #PT01883. If you have any information, you can email her at samandkatie@mac.com. (Thanks West Seattle Blog.)

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ninaf
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Why would you leave your pets ashes in your van?

NoraBell
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NoraBell

She told you her reasoning in the story. Kind of a cheap shot to blame the victim. She's already feeling the sting of loss. I hope she recovers her pet's remains and is able to give him the rest he's earned.

chopper_74
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chopper_74

Wow, bad form Nina.
She said why!
And where do you get off questioning what is truly her f'ing choice?
This is the day after the celebration of our freedoms, what a day to pick to question that.
I wish that I was surprised you'd be first in line…
Very bad form.

dmn
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dmn

You have to admit that it's still a little weird.

Totally tragic though.

Hmmf
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Hmmf

I personally know three other people that have their dog's ashes in their trunk. The dogs LOVED riding in the car. I don't see why this is so hard to understand. Like burying it under a tree then moving makes more sense?

Fauxnothing
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Fauxnothing

I totally agree. I cringe every time I bury one of my precious pets, thinking that if I ever move (crossing fingers that it never happens) some stranger will dig up one of my kitties and go Eww! in reaction to the bones of a beautiful pet we dearly loved.

This woman OWNED her vehicle!!!! She can keep whatever she wants in a vehicle she OWNS and nobody has the right to question her nor to steal the vehicle from her. I detest thieves.

Ballardmom
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Ballardmom

Anyone who questions why this women kept her dog's ashes in her van either has never owned a pet or never been very attached to a pet – in my opinion. Our dog died last year after living with us for 13 years. The symbolism of his ashes and where we wanted to keep them was a big part of helping us grieve a huge loss to our whole family. Where we ended up putting his ashes doesn't matter – it's not any different than if we'd chose to keep them in our car because that's where he loved to be (our dog didn't happen to like to be in the car so we put them elsewhere). I respect anyone who cares enough for their pet and wants to do a symbolic show of knowing who their pet was and what they loved. I hope that woman does not read these comment pages – they seem to bring out the nastiest and most insensitive reactions from people.

SBA
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SBA

Why was this comment even necessary?

SBA
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SBA

Oops–this was in response to NinaF.

SweetRose
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SweetRose

Since when did freedom mean we are not allowed to voice our thought on any issue or querstion what we choose to question? Freedom means you can have an issue with ashes. Freedom also means I can think it is absurd. And BTW, I would think the same if it was a human being.

Ballardmom
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Ballardmom

It's true – freedom does mean that people have the freedom to publicly display their insensitivity and ignorance. Some of us just can't imagine stating out loud our rude thoughts when it is obvious that will make the person in pain feel worse. So I guess it comes down to we all the freedom to be decent people or thoughtless jerks.

NoraBell
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NoraBell

Oh, nicely done, Ballardmom.

Sammy1981
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Sammy1981

A dog dies and a catfight breaks out…only on myballard.com

Fauxnothing
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Fauxnothing

Sammy1981, that is an extremely condescending comment. This is not a “catfight;” it's simply reasonable, sensitive people responding to an insulting, thoughtless comment by a rather unintelligent poster. Kind of like your comment.

Sammy1981
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Sammy1981

Meow!

Fauxnothing
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Fauxnothing

Ah, I missed that. So, you're the cat. Okay, my apologies, as I like cats.

SweetRose
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SweetRose

Its' all perception Mom. I happen to think this sort of thing is mentally unhealthy and I don't consider it rude to comment on such.

BallardChick
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BallardChick

Aw, my heart goes out to you Katie. :o( Nothing quite like a dog's unconditional love! Best of luck in recovering your things.

SweetRose
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SweetRose

good one.

SweetRose
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SweetRose

is any comment necessary?

katiebarloon
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katiebarloon

Regardless of anyone's feelings, I'm REALLY glad I'm getting the word out. To those of you who understand, thank you. To those that don't understand why my dog's ashes are in my car, I get why you would think I'm a fruitcake. The unconditional love of a pet is a wonderful thing and I hope you experience it some day.
Thanks to all of you who are keeping a look out for my van.
Katie

mrock
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mrock

Katie – I'm sure its not news that some people are just dickwads who will argue any point just for the sake of argument. Regardless; those of us who have been blessed with the wonder of a dog's unconditional love get it. I will keep an eye out for your van. I'n sorry for your loss.

Fauxnothing
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Fauxnothing

Me, too, Katie. I'm so terribly sorry for the loss of your precious pet, and the horrible theft of your van. Sometimes, I'm simply overwhelmed by the heartless people we rub shoulders with every day. Fortunately, there are dogs and cats, and sometimes even birds, who love us know matter what, and they're never forgotten. I sincerely hope you retrieve what's yours.

SBA
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SBA

Sounding more like an ass every minute…

NoraBell
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NoraBell

I'll keep an eye out too, Katie. And I'm very sorry you had to feel the pain of loss for that lovely little pup a second time.