An Irish animal rescue organization called Dogs Aid posted this statement on FB:
“We are deeply saddened to learn that one of our dogs was killed in the terrorist attack in Stockholm. Iggy found his beautiful home in Sweden in 2012. R.I.P. beautiful, special boy.”
I saw his photo and these words, written by a Swedish man, in a Facebook group, and I broke down crying.
“Rest in peace Iggy! You had not done anything wrong. You were going on on a walk like usual. And you were probably as happy as you ever were when the leash was lifted down. But this walk would be your last. At least in this world! Hope you are running over the green fields over there in dog heaven right now, and that everything is completely awesome!”
“Vila i frid Iggy! Du hade inte gjort något ont. Du skulle ut på promenad som vanligt. Och du blev säkert lika glad som alltid när kopplet lyftes ner. Men den här promenaden skulle bli din sista. I alla fall i den här världen! Hoppas du springer över de gröna fälten där i hundhimlen just nu och har det helt awesome!”
People are flooding Iggy’s memorial site with dog biscuits, cards, flowers, and candles.
Four people died in the truck bomb attack last week in Stockholm, among them an 11 year old girl who I believe was deaf and probably did not hear the truck approaching. The apprehended suspect’s name is Rakhmat Akilov, and I am having trouble keeping up with the details of the developing story. I believe one of the people killed was a Belgian mother of small children, another a U.K. man, and father, and a third, a beggar, an elderly woman, possibly from Romania.
Sergel’s Torg, a square in Stockholm, was filled with thousands of people honoring the victims, and trying to represent the urge to heal Sweden, without incurring the sin they most dread, and are most often accused of, when they protest terrorism’s encroachment in Sweden, namely racism.
Iggy has become a place where the grief can pour forth. I myself did not cry before, but was able to, somehow, when I saw his photo. There is a photo of the 11 year old girl (after the blast) circulating that people are understandably fighting very hard to banish from the web, and discussion groups.
I was not able to find information about Iggy’s owners, but they have asked for privacy.
Praying for Sweden to find her way back to peace, and become a standard bearer once again, for the rest of the world.