On February 10 the dog who was one man's inspiration to fight for a dog park in Thompson Park died. Mia was just shy of 14.
Owner Scott Gates treated his friend well for all the years the two of them fought the battle for a municipal dog park, a common amenity in most communities but not something that caught on here.
None of that changes Mr. Gate's loss or the fact Mia was a sweet dog we all knew from her many public appearances.
The notion of a dog park was adopted by the last Council, but it's unlikely to proceed in the foreseeable future.