RIP: Beloved New Jersey K9 Officer Gets Hero’s Sendoff

RIP Bandy. Your story inspired me, but also made me cry. I hope that you are playing with our precious Dana in Heaven, and both of you are enjoying the all you can eat buffet.


From The Daily Mail:

A beloved K9 officer got a true hero’s sendoff before his heartbroken New Jersey owners had to put him down.

Bandy, a 10-year-old German shepherd, died on Tuesday. He served six years as a search-and-rescue dog at Pattenburg’s volunteer fire company.

Hip dysplasia forced Bandy to retire last year. He received a medal and a proclamation in appreciation of his service in the fall of 2015. Bandy once found a missing suicidal man in 2014.

The fire company shared multiple posts on social media before and after his death, calling ‘a family member, friend, colleague and hero’.

This story made me think not only of our precious Dana, but also these other service dogs that we have written about here:

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And non-service dogs, but dogs who are heroes to their owners none the less.

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More about Dana here.

And remember this terrific Super Bow Ad featuring a lost puppy rescued by the iconic Clydesdales?

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I don’t care what you say. I won’t live in a world without dogs!

Thanks, Bandy, and all your fellow service dogs, four-footted heros who protect and serve. And thanks to all the dogs that are part of our families, including the canine associate producer and his lovely, lithe, long-legged intern, who help us create The Teri O’Brien Show.


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