Last Friday, in a senseless act of violence, driving a truck plowed into a busy shopping center in Stockholm, Sweden killing 4 people and injuring dozens more. The story gripped the global news headlines, with the world rallying behind Sweden in their time of grief. One victim, however, who is not mentioned in the news along with the other victims, was a dog named Iggy, who lost his life on that day too.
The people of Stockholm wanted to make sure he wasn’t forgotten, paying a touching tribute to an innocent pup, who was dearly beloved.
After the chaos, and carnage of that day settled down, people began appearing on the scene of the incident, to hold a candlelight vigil for the people lost on that day. Markus Krantz, had learned that one name was missing from the makeshift memorials, and he acted writing on a Facebook post,
“I saw no one put a flower or lit a candle in the place where the poor dog was killed during Friday’s attack. So we gave him our own little memorial. The collar belonged to my first dog, Ebba, who passed away this summer.”
The memorial tribute to Iggy initially included candles, a collar, and some dog treats but quickly grew from there.
Iggy’s memorial included flowers, cards, dog toys and even a child’s drawing for Iggy….
Dogs Aid, an Ireland-based rescue organization has since confirmed that Iggy was a pup they helped find a home in Sweden in 2012. From the statement they released below, it is clear that they never forgot about the charming pup four years later writing:
“R.I.P. beautiful, special boy. Run to the Bridge dear one, all of your Dogs Aid friends will be waiting for you. One hundred thousand stars will light your way. Our thoughts are with IGGY’S family. They loved him so much and gave him the best life imaginable. His family would like privacy at this sad and traumatic time.”
Terrorism is the great cancer of society, and it sadly claimed the life of an innocent pup, who had nothing but love to give. We ask that you keep Iggy and his grieving family in your thoughts and hearts, as they confront the pain of his loss. 🌈