Our Opinion: Breathing life

Some things go without saying.

We’ve come across many a story in which a person, a family, loses their car in an accident, or loses their home in a fire, but everyone ended up okay; everyone got out of the house.

We breathe a sigh of relief.

We can replace material possessions, but we can’t replace a life.

Sometimes, in the small print or not in the article at all, a pet lost his or her life in that fire.

We don’t think much of it, because the person or people are our first thought. Of course, they are.

But we applaud Invisible Fence of Erie for donating a Project Breathe oxygen mask kit — containing three different sizes of animal oxygen masks — to Grand Valley, Cherry Grove, and Clarendon volunteer fire departments.

“Part of Invisible Fence Brand’s mission is to donate pet-specific oxygen masks to better help the lives of pets who have succumbed to smoke inhalation,” according to a release from Kevin Hagerty of Invisible Fence. “We hear that most fire departments only have human oxygen masks and these are what are used on pets. Though creative, these oxygen masks simply do not fit the muzzle of the pet properly.

“There isn’t a dog or cat that’s too small or too big that isn’t compatible with our masks,” he said.

That’s what we want to see in a newspaper article — that both the people and pets made it out alive.