Veteran and loyal dog die within hours of each other

It’s considered a lot when it comes to human pain, but animals suffer too. Dogs, who are loyal animals to the end, show many signs of grief after losing their owners and furry friends.

But in the case of a dog named Gunner, it seems he knew the end was near for his beloved owner and couldn’t face a life without him.

Wisconsin firefighter Daniel Hove began his career in the Air Force and then went on to sacrifice his life for others by serving his Burnsville community.


“He was someone that his department really trusted to innovate, educate, train and keep up with the new firefighting technique,” ​​his daughter Heather Nicoletti said.

But the heroic firefighter and veteran was stopped in his tracks after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2011 and forced to retire in 2012.

Heather said her father endured rounds and rounds of chemotherapy.

For 8 years, retired assistant fire chief Hove was surrounded by loved ones as he faced the biggest battle of his life. But there was one family member who never left his side: his 11-year-old Labrador Gunner.

‘We knew he was coming’
The devoted dog who wanted to be wherever Daniel was, also started getting sick shortly after his owner was diagnosed.

“When my dad was agitated, the dog was agitated, my dad was restless, the dog was restless,” Heather said. “My dad was not responding, the dog was not responding. So once we saw how the dog was doing, he wasn’t moving much anymore, he wasn’t doing well, we knew he was coming.”

Heather said that one day she looked at Gunner and knew he was near the end and rushed him to the vet clinic, where she used to work. There, the staff put Gunner to sleep and about an hour and a half later, Gunner’s father also died.

“I had said I don’t know what’s going to be more traumatic for him, whether to try to take him away to finish, put him to sleep, end his suffering, or let him live through dad’s death. I think he is going to kill him either way,” she added.

“We knew they were going to go together. We just didn’t know they were going to be apart for hours.”

The family plans to hold a grand ceremony with full honors for their father and his faithful friend once the coronavirus crisis eases.

Dogs are very intuitive and we can all take comfort in the fact that these two never had to say goodbye. Rest in peace Fire Chief Hove and Gunner.

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