The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Lifestyles

December 13, 2012

Random acts of kindness for York woman

YORK — Her 4-month-old daughter in her arms, Lacie McDaniel had just returned home from dropping her fiancé off at work.

It was about 8:45 a.m. Tuesday when the 21-year-old mom turned the doorknob. Next on the day's agenda was to let her two dogs, Miller and Gabanna, outside to do their business.

Apparently, one of the young pit bulls couldn't wait any longer.

Gabanna "just like darted out the door and ran off," McDaniel said.

With a baby, McDaniel couldn't run after her dog. She hurried to the car instead.

Right about that time, Wyatt McGuire and his dog were on their way to McGuire's pooch-friendly York City office, where he is the co-founder and CEO of a software development firm, Idea Tree Inc.

They were driving along Roosevelt Avenue when brakes squealed on the road ahead.

"And then I just see this dog go tumbling. And I think, 'Oh no,' right away," McGuire said.

McGuire put his car in park, grabbed a leash from the backseat and went to help another driver move the dog out of danger. Someone called the police, and they waited.

Soon, another car pulled up. Out jumped McDaniel with a big smile on her face.

She'd found Gabanna.

But that smile faded quickly after McDaniel learned Gabanna had been struck by a small bus. The dog was scraped up, and it looked like she might have broken a leg.

Then came the tears. McDaniel said she had a mini breakdown. She was thinking out loud.

"Oh my God, how am I going to pay for this?"

McGuire said he watched the young woman's face change from elation "to just despair."

The young family, which includes two young children, survives on a single income. The couple's savings is limited to a small fund they had planned to use for Christmas gifts.

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