But the most touching reaction came from All God's Children Preschool, where Aubrey Sherrill is a student. And Peachey is her puppy.
Crystal Shreve, the preschool's assistant director, wrote Vin the next day:
"We here at All God's Children Preschool were so heartfelt to do something for this wonderful family and have put together "Pennies for Peachey" to help with the vet bills and help the family recover monetarily with just weeks before Christmas...
We would be happy to be the collection address or collection drop off if people in the community would like to help Peachy too."
Attached was this photo of Aubrey, which we published Sunday. (The disclosure: Aubrey's mom, Danica, works for the Herald, which Vin noted. But we failed to note that in Sunday's copy.)
I talked with Crystal this morning, and she said people are dropping off donations every day. They've even got donations by mail. "The kids know they're doing something really wonderful," she said. "And they are so excited -- Peachey is coming in Friday for a visit."
As Danica said in her email, "Thank you so much I just cannot believe how many angels there out there that care."
'Tis the season.