In memory of Tracker, 2009-2011
Posted February 15, 2011
Updated January 16
It is with deep sadness that I’m writing to let you know that Tracker passed away last night at Harmony Animal Hospital. As you know, Tracker had suffered from uncontrollable cluster seizures for some time and he did not recover from the last episode. It is most likely that he had an underlying physiological condition that affected him neurologically and in the end caused irreparable brain damage. We’ll never really know.
What we do know is that Tracker was a special dog. From the moment he walked into the WRAL newsroom as the pet of the day, it was apparent that he was not just another cute puppy. His air of confidence made him stand out from all the rest and was what made many of us fall in love with him. He had a “star” quality about him that made him the appropriate choice to become our newsroom dog. Tracker’s dad and I feel there was a purpose to Tracker’s short life and if reaching out to our viewers and readers through his antics, appearances, and even his illness made a small difference in someone’s life, then his legacy will continue.
I want to thank everyone who touched Tracker’s life in some way. The good people at the SPCA of Wake County, who gave us their blessing to make Tracker the WRAL Newshound, supported him in so many ways and included him as a member of their extended family. His trainers at Teamworks Dog Training, especially Ms. Christie, worked diligently with him from a sincere since of caring and reveled in his accomplishments with true pride. From his first visit as a puppy, Tracker received excellent care from Dr. Jodi and everyone at Harmony Animal Hospital. He loved Dr. Jodi because she understood him and out of trust there grew a strong bond between them that surpassed the usual doctor-doggie relationship. I’d also like to acknowledge the neurology staff at the N.C. State School of Veterinary Medicine and thank them for their continued care and feedback during his illness.
To everyone at WRAL-TV and Capitol Broadcasting, Tracker’s Dad and I cannot thank you enough for taking him in and making him a member of our company family. He grabbed your lunches, slobbered on your clothes, shredded your papers, and brought a little bit of chaos into our newsroom every time he was there. Tracker always got so excited when we pulled into the station parking lot because he knew he was at his second home to visit his “family”. Now he is in his final home where he is not in pain and can truly be his rascally self.
And so, finally, for you, his fans and friends, I have the most appreciation. Through his mishaps and mischievous ways, you accepted him for who he was and never judged, but always gave him your full support. Tracker will be missed by all who knew him, but I take great comfort in knowing how much he was loved during his short life. If he ever put a smile on your face or made you chuckle, then he made a difference before he left us. And we can probably all agree that he is now giving the angels a run for their money.
Thank you all for letting us share him with you.
Leesa M. Moore
Despite his fame and celebrity, Tracker never forgot his humble roots as a shelter dog. Donations can be made in his name to the SPCA of Wake County.