Ollie Baxter: Shining Legacy
by Lee Chambers
Ollie Baxter was a bright-eyed Labradoodle, not quite one year old when he was attacked by another dog at a dog care facility last October. Ollie sustained serious injuries and underwent multiple surgeries, but despite his brave efforts, Ollie passed away the following month from his injuries.
His family, Amy Baxter and her daughter Isabel Baxter-Paris, were shattered by their loss and wanted something positive to come from Ollie’s tragedy. It was then that the Ollie Baxter Memorial Fund was established to have Ollie’s life and legacy make a meaningful difference for other pets in need of wellness care. Gifts made to Ollie’s Fund help local pets by underwriting the cost of medical services and treatment administered through Dakin’s Clinic PLUS, a wellness clinic open to the public.
Ollie’s legacy was further expanded with the introduction of Ollie’s Law, a Massachusetts bill proposed to implement regulations for pet daycare facilities, including employee-to-dog ratios, emergency protocol and supervision guidelines for dogs, and a reporting system for safety violations. The bill was introduced at a press conference at Dakin on March 11.
If you’d like to help make sure that Ollie’s Law becomes law, here's what you can do:
- Visit this site to get the name of both your State Representative and your State Senator
- Click on their names to get their phone numbers and email addresses
- Call or email them and tell them why you support Ollie's Law. Ask them to sign onto HD3356 and to support Ollie's Law in general
(Among the attendees at the Ollie’s Law press conference on March 11 included, L-R: Allison Blanck of the Animal Rescue League of Boston, Elizabeth Magner of the MSPCA/Angell, the Honorable Carlos Gonzalez, State Representative, the Honorable Brian Ashe, State Representative, Isabel Baxter-Paris and her mother Amy Baxter, Ryan McCollum of RMC Strategies, Jeni Mather of JM Pet Resort, Carmine DiCenso of Dakin Humane Society and Lorrie Curley of The Dog Shop. Photo by Stacey Price)