I received this email from Lexie's owners and wanted to share it with you

"I want to send my deepest appreciation at least to those of you that we know of that Heidi, Pattie, Val or I communicated with directly in the search for Lexie, our golden retriever.  I know that many others on the island also generously volunteered their heart, their time and their talent to finding Lexie, but we don’t have a way to reach all of them by e-mail.  We are asking the Mount Desert Islander to run the following note as a Letter to the Editor to this coming week.  To be sure that at least all of you know how very much we appreciate your support and kindness, here’s our note:

This is a heartfelt thank you note from the parents of Lexie, the beautiful and sweet-spirited golden retriever who disappeared in the Valentine's Day snowstorm in the West Tremont woods, only to be found several days later in the Suminsby Park Picnic Area on Sargent Drive. Many of you searched for Lexie day and night, many of you let us post notices in your stores and offices, some of you spread the word by e-mail, radio, Facebook, websites and this newspaper, others offered helpful suggestions and expressed support. Policemen, snowplow crews, Acadia Veterinary Hospital staff, friends, neighbors and people we will never meet and will never know – generously volunteered to try and bring Lexie home safe and sound, or care for her in other important ways. Collectively, everyone involved did all that was possible to rescue Lexie.

Rural and island communities still retain strong values around the importance of pitching in and helping when emergencies arise. How impressive and inspiring to see those important values alive and well on Mt. Desert Island. We feel personally enriched in witnessing the amazing outpouring of concern and compassion that so many of you put into action. Your loving and generous support matched Lexie's beautiful and sweet spirit and serve as a salve for our wounded hearts.

As C.S. Lewis said, “The sadness now is part of the happiness then. That's the deal.” Thank you all."

Lois Winter and Val Healey
Portland