A veteran and his trusty dog spend a few hours apart
When Daniel Hove was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, his family and friends mobilized to help the Air Force veteran turned fire chief assist in this difficult time. But no one was more supportive than Daniel’s faithful dog, Gunner, an 11-year-old labrador who rarely left his owner.
Photos from Daniel’s last years show the faithful dog squealing against his human bed and curling up on his lap, even though he is a 90-pound dog. Whatever happened, Gunner made sure he was never more than a few inches away.
“They were best friends until the end,” Daniel’s daughter, Heather Nicoletti, told Kare 11. “They were hunting buddies, they went everywhere together.”
So no one was surprised, really, that when Daniel was lying down, his faithful dog suddenly got sick too.
“When my father was agitated, the dog was agitated, my father was agitated, the dog was restless,” said his daughter, recalling that his father and Gunner had always been in sync. “My father didn’t react, the dog wouldn’t react. So once we saw how the dog behaved – he didn’t move much, didn’t feel well, we knew it was going to happen.”
One day, as the old dog became more and more listless and his arms began to swell, Heather knew it was time, unfortunately, to bring Gunner to the ground. “I called the veterinary clinic where I worked,” she said, “they immediately let me in and I rushed him up there to put him to sleep. And about an hour and a half later, my father was gone too.”Open next Page To See More