A happy ending for Harry’s ashes

After nearly a year of searching for Harry’s ashes, Katie Barloon says this story has a happy ending.

In May 2009, Katie Barloon’s VW Euro van was stolen out of her driveway with her dog Harry’s ashes inside. A week later the van was found, but the ashes weren’t there. Barloon says the van was the perfect place for the young dog’s ashes because of his love for riding in the car. “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,” Barloon told us last year.

This past week the Everett Herald published an article about an urn being found next to a creek in Marysville. “I was so excited! I knew that it had to be Harry! I mean-how many urns are lost?” Barloon asks. After contacting the police she was a little discouraged. “I was told that since my urn was lost in July that the likelihood that it was mine was slim, and that another party inquiring more recently lost their urn in a home burglary.” Turns out Barloon’s instinct was right. The Marysville police had some tests run on the remains and confirmed the ashes were those of an animal and the description of the urn matched Harry’s. “You have to love happy endings. I just picked Harry up at the Marysville police station,” Barloon tells us.

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pioggia
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pioggia

So glad to hear this ended well!

great idea
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great idea

yeah, me too!

so rare that you hear something end well so long after the fact.

liberalquietscan
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liberalquietscan

Very happy to hear that this ended well. I don’t think this is community news, though.

Edog
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Edog

Hurray for Harrys Memory, and the peace of mind found for his Katie.

miss my dog
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miss my dog

Good news. And it is community news – I remember when the story came out about the theft and loss of the ashes – felt so badly for them. Nice to hear the follow-up. We are all in this together after all – like it or not.

Nora Bell
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Nora Bell

Oh, I love a happy ending!
How heartbreaking to not only lose your beloved dog, but to also lose his ashes.

06_11_000
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06_11_000

I agree! This is community news because so many caring ones in our community are glad to hear such a happy end to a very sad story. Thank you for sharing your happiness about getting Harry back.

Katie Barloon
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Katie Barloon

Thanks for the support. I contacted Myballard because I remember how many readers understood my sadness and I thought the follow up would be nice. I really love reading everyone’s comments, even the non dog people.
The bottom line is that I’m so happy to have him home.
k

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