This is What Happens When You Race the Roads of Carleton Place


Last week another animal was hit by a speeding car on a residential street in Carleton Place. These defenseless animals are sweet and pure loving souls. To see this happen to an animal is devastating. Imagine if the family had lost him and they were still waiting for kiss on the face or a paw from their beloved pet. Worse, what if it had been a child? I lost my German Shepherd to a speeder on Lake Avenue East years ago, so I know the pain Brutus’s family is going through.


This is Lady MacDuff, (Duffy) named for her Scottish heritage, and her Mum Lynne Johnson thinks she only survived her traffic accident in Carleton Place because she is small and low to the ground. This needs to stop. If animals can show compassion why can’t humans? Bothered by the picture below? This, sad to say, is reality if people keep driving recklessly on our Carleton Place streets.


Brutus was lucky last week. I wish to thank everyone involved and especially Valley Veterinarian Clinic in Carleton Place for all they did to help this poor pet. My heroe Eric Lockhart brought the crowd funding event to my attention today.

To the person that hit this dog and drove away- for shame. People need to be more observant, careful, and slow down when they drive. Discussing who is financially responsible is one thing. Dogs do get loose from their owners, or break free from a leash. It happens–but not stopping and caring is wrong.





CROWD FUNDING PLEA FOR BRUTUS THE DOG–written by a concerned citizen

About a week ago-ish, I fell into a set of circumstances where I guess it was a matter of being in the right place, at the right time, with some of the right stuff in the trunk of my car. I was on my way out for a bit when I came across a pretty disturbing scene for me. I just rolled up to the intersection of Frank and John Streets where I saw a dog that had just been hit by a car. What really hit home for me was this dogs 2 little girls exiting the house at the same time getting ready for their morning commute to school saw their beloved Brutus in a world of pain, with their mom getting him off of the road. I don’t’ know the circumstances because I had just barely missed it, but long story short…a fantastic dog was hit by a car, and the driver couldn’t be bothered to stop to try to render help. I remember Brutus was still wagging his tail when I was attempting to bandage his lacerated leg and wrap him in a blanket since it was raining out, as if to say “I’m fine, I’ll just walk it off.”

I got out of my car and grabbed my first aid bag (yeah I’m that guy), and a heavy blanket and did what I could to render first aid to the pup, not long after that the pups other person showed up, we loaded him into their car and off they went to the vet.

Vets are expensive, we all know that. When a dog is hit by a car, suffers a broken pelvis, laceration to one of his legs, and a tooth through his top lip…that costs more than the normal visit for shots.

I have had extensive conversations with Brutus’ people so they know who I am and what I am. If what I am going to say next does not sit well with them, upon their request I will delete this. I’ve always thought about this, what if collective groups of people in a community get together to help someone? I guess crowdfunding is what to call this endeavour……

As of right now, there are 7405 members on the Carleton Place Buy and Sell group. Lets say 25% of you wonderful people were to chip in $2.00-$5.00, Brutus’ bill would probably be entirely paid off, or at least substantially paid off.

So, I have taken it upon myself to create an email address on behalf of Brutus. I am making the polite suggestion that we all pool our resources, and throw a few bucks into the pot to help Brutus pay down his bill. Again I reiterate, Brutus’ people know who I am through extensive conversation, and have all of my contact information. I am not trying to scrape funds together to go to Cuba.

It would mean a lot to all those involved, myself included for this fantastic community that I have been a part of now for 4 years to come together, sacrifice one coffee to help out a wonderful pup who needs to get healthy to get back to taking care of his family.

EMT’s can be sent to in any amount, but given that there are 7405 members on this page I would like to suggest that you don’t send more than $5.00.

Just to show you some math of how easy this can be; A $5.00 donation, at a guess that 25% of the people here will go for it, would equate to $9255.00 raised.


Put your signs up–they do matter. 53 Colours is local and fast and has the best prices. Get in with a group and they might give you a better deal. AND YOU ARE SUPPORTING LOCAL..

Hours of Operation:

Monday to Thursday from 9:00am until 4:00pm,

53 Townline East Carleton Place

Fridays from 9:00am until 3:00pm.



About lindaseccaspina

Linda Knight Seccaspina was born in Cowansville, Quebec about the same time as the wheel was invented and the first time she realized she could tell a tale was when she got caught passing her smutty stories around in Grade 7 at CHS by Mrs. Blinn. When Derek "Wheels" Wheeler from Degrassi Jr. High died in 2010, Linda wrote her own obituary. Some people said she should think about a career in writing obituaries. Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa from 1976-1996. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off she finally found her calling. Is it sex drugs and rock n' roll you might ask? No, it is history. Seeing that her very first boyfriend in Grade 5 (who she won a Twist contest with in the 60s) is the head of the Brome Misissiquoi Historical Society and also specializes in local history back in Quebec, she finds that quite funny. She writes every single day and is also a columnist for Hometown News and Screamin's Mamas. She is a volunteer for the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum, an admin for the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page, and a local guest speaker. She has been now labelled an historian by the locals which in her mind is wrong. You see she will never be like the iconic local Lanark County historian Howard Morton Brown, nor like famed local writer Mary Cook. She proudly calls herself The National Enquirer Historical writer of Lanark County, and that she can live with. Linda has been called the most stubborn woman in Lanark County, and has requested her ashes to be distributed in any Casino parking lot as close to any Wheel of Fortune machine as you can get. But since she wrote her obituary, most people assume she's already dead. Linda has published six books, "Menopausal Woman From the Corn," "Cowansville High Misremembered," "Naked Yoga, Twinkies and Celebrities," "Cancer Calls Collect," "The Tilted Kilt-Vintage Whispers of Carleton Place," and "Flashbacks of Little Miss Flash Cadilac." All are available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle. Linda's books are for sale on Amazon or at Wisteria · 62 Bridge Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada, and at the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum · 267 Edmund Street · Carleton Place, Ottawa, Canada--Appleton Museum-Mississippi Textile Mill and Mill Street Books and Heritage House Museum and The Artists Loft in Smith Falls.

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