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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 brutus_john2015@hotmail.com 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.

December 2021- it happened again

When I was six years old I got hit by a car. I saw my mother waving and didn’t catch the instant that a car turned the corner speeding and hit me. 

When I was 38 years old my beloved dog broke out of the yard and got hit on Lake Ave East.The dog didn’t know any better, and the car was going too fast to stop. 

When I was 48 years old our streets in Oakland Ca. were so filled with speeding drug dealers that they installed 5 speed bumps to slow them down. It never stopped them.

In 2016 a dog named Brutus got hit in Carleton Place by a speeding driver on Frank and John Streets

Yesterday a local family had to watch their dog being hit and deal with an aftermath no one should have to deal with during the holiday season or anytime. 

I began a ‘this is your town slow down’ sign group in 2016 but my sign was found all over town because some thought it was a joke to hide it. 

Speeding is not a joke and in reality it begins with all of us. Yes, a lot of accidents are considered the owner’s fault as it has been deemed in this case, but when something happens in our community– we all need to take responsibility. Who hasn’t been late for something or been lost in thought and driven too fast? We all have.

There are speed limits posted on every road for a reason and we all need to follow them. All of us. When you hand the keys over to someone, or get behind the wheel, take responsibility for your actions. Tell your loved ones- tell your children.  Never be afraid to stop traffic by acting like a responsible driver.  We can put as many signs and speed bumps everywhere but the real matter of fact is it begins with the driver.

None of this is going to help this family grieve over their dog. 

None of these words are going to change some people’s minds that they can go as fast as they want in town. 

The man upstairs is not going to pull certain people over for speeding and complain about  their actions afterwards, but we as a community can take charge. Everyone who has gotten a speeding ticket, raise your right foot and don’t put it down again until you slow down.

I am posting this without a comment section, as no comment in the world is going to help this poor grieving family. Only YOU can help– this is our town SLOW DOWN! And please help spread the word.

Thank you.

Much love goes out to the mother and son having to go through this awful event.



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