Forwarded to me over the weekend:
(from Ellensburg Daily Record, June 29th, 2002)
"Rosie The Guide Horse Dies"
The guide horse that was featured in the May 27th Daily Record has died. The miniature horse was named Rosie, and she lead Cheryle King, who is blind, around ellensburg and could even fit into the back of a compact car.
The reason, said King's former caretaker Jenny Cahoon, is a halter was left on the horse. She said rosie became snared and is unsure whether the horse choked or broke its neck. "Even out of tragedy, people should learn from the incident--you can't leave a halter on a horse." Cahoon said.
Rosie was trained by the Guide Horse Foundation, a non-profit agency based in North Carolina, and given to King for free after a lengthy application process. People in Ellensburg often saw rosie, who wore silky red panties, inside stores, supermarkets, the hospital, and other places, much like a guide dog.