July 20, 2005
One of the most popular residents at a senior living complex is missing. Skip, known as Skippy to some, was last seen about 8:30 p.m. Friday when he was taken outside for a potty break.
When he finished, he went in and headed for his bed under the reception desk. What happened to him after that is a mystery, and residents at Brighton Gardens, across from Bear Creek Regional Park on South 21st Street, are worried about him. A bowl of Iams food and fresh water are waiting in the lobby. “We miss him terribly,” said resident Waleryja Uglow, 84. “He was not the runaway type.” The 65-pound Burmese mountain dog mix was wearing his usual bright red collar and identification tags. Folks at Brighton Gardens, where he’s lived for more than a year, describe him as shy, yet sweet. His biggest weakness, they said, is food, and that’s what worries Shaun Anderson, Brighton Gardens’ director of community relations. “He had the roam of the community, but he typically did not go out without a staff member with him. He was so timid he’d never go across the street.” But Anderson added: “The food seems to break all the barriers, and he’ll follow a french fry wherever it goes.” Anderson wonders whether someone lured him away with a treat. All at Brighton Gardens — Skip’s 165 “grandparents” and the 145 staff members — hopes for his safe return. Some residents even said prayers for him over breakfast Tuesday. Skip’s personality was perfectly suited for senior living, so loved that a professional artist’s drawing of him hangs in the reception area. “He has an instinctive way of knowing people are hurting,” Anderson said. He had a knack of knowing when someone was feeling ill or just a bit blue and would visit those residents. “Somehow just petting him makes people feel better,” Anderson said. “He has a really sweet soul.” Anderson took photos of Skip to the Colorado Humane Society and the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region. A reward is being offered, and anyone with information about Skip is asked to call Brighton Gardens at 329-1774. CONTACT THE WRITER: 636-0236 or email@example.com