Below are two things that I wrote this week. The first was the statement that was read at the sentencing hearing for the person who killed our pup, Winter. The second was written to show my appreciation for our amazing community. God Bless you little Winter. You are missed.
Our life changes have been significant since the day Mr. Jensen entered our house and killed our pet and family member, Winter. First and foremost our safety has been compromised, so the comfort we have in our own home has shifted for the worse. We do not have the ease of living like we did prior to Mr. Jensen entering our home. Since that day we have spent well over $1000 to upgrade our security system, restricted our children from being outside if an adult is not with them, and we have been much more worried about letting our dog Inu go out to just be a dog. All of those things were never a worry in our mind prior to last year.
A second life change happened the moment we stepped into our home and found our small ten-pound puppy murdered. At the time our children were 2 and 5 years old. Together they witnessed the discovery of our dog bloody and unmoving, as well as their mother become highly emotional and distraught. The tears that were shed by our children that evening will never be forgotten, and the innocence that left them never be returned.
Lastly, I want to note that it is not only my house and my family that have been affected. Our neighborhood as a whole, the one that we live in as well as Mr. Jensen has lost it’s feeling of safety as well. The discussions I have with my neighbors gives me a feeling of sadness that I didn’t have prior to May of 2013.
We hope that Mr. Jensen can spend a significant amount of time in a place where he can get help for both his chemical issues as well as anger. I hope Mr. Jensen spends time in the near future actively trying to become a kinder and more productive person. I hope he tries to find ways to give back to the neighborhood and community that he has made to feel unsafe. I hope Mr. Jensen stays away from animals, and figures out what it was that was in him which made him want to hurt so many dogs. Most of all, right now I hope he gets an ample amount of time to work on all of these things so to make him a better person and one who can successfully join society again.
Thank you, Northfield.