A 33-year old police officer that worked with the K-9 Unit in Lexington, Kentucky was laid to rest after being killed in an ambush on Saturday. If anyone has ever doubted the bond between a handler and his dog, the amazing photo that was snapped at the service will prove it exists. Figo, the dog that worked along side office Jason Ellis paid his last respects in a heart-wrenching picture that was captured. It shows him sadly pawing at the casket of his fallen partner, who he helped track down illegal substances, keeping citizens safe for years.
The photo, posted on Reddit has generated many comments since it was posted. It is definitely a heart-warming reminder that our pets are more human than we sometimes think.
It is said that it is important for animals to be allowed to grieve their owner’s death. They can suffer anxiety and even depression if not allowed to mourn.
According to Monique D. Chretien, MSc, AHT, an Animal Behavior Consultant: “They show symptoms similar to humans such as loss of interest in their favorite activities and sleeping more than usual. However, sometimes dogs may distance themselves from the family and sleep more than usual when they are ill, so you should consult with your veterinarian before seeing a behaviorist if your dog exhibits symptoms such as these.”
It was a wonderful gesture, and tribute for the dog to be allowed at the service, and certainly a memory that will be cherished by the family forever.
Figo the police dog is now retired, and will live out his remaining years with Ellis’ family in Bardstown, Kentucky. The sacrifices of both Jason Ellis and his K-9 companion will not be forgotten.
A reward fund in the case has surpassed $100,000, including a $50,000 donation from Louisville businessman Gus Goldsmith.
According to the Bardstown Police Department’s Facebook page, here’s how to donate to either the officer’s family or the reward fund set up through the family and the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 43:
Make checks payable to Officer Jason Ellis Memorial Fund or the Officer Jason Ellis Reward Fund. Specify which fund.
Checks can be sent in each fund’s name to Chief Rick McCubbin, Bardstown Police Department, 212 Nelson County Plaza, Bardstown, Ky., 40004. Donations also can be made at any Muir Bank branch in Bardstown.
in 2011, Navy SEAL Jon Tumilson was laoid to rest in front of a tearful audience mourning his death in Afghanistan. Soon an old friend appeared, and like a fellow soldier on a battlefield, his loyal dog refused to leave him behind.
Tumilson’s Labrador retriever, Hawkeye, was photographed lying by Tumilson’s casket in a heart-wrenching image taken at the funeral service in Tumilson’s hometown of Rockford, Iowa, earlier this week. Hawkeye walked up to the casket at the beginning of the service and then dropped down with a heaving sigh as about 1,500 mourners witnessed a dog accompanying his master until the end, reported CBS.
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Police Dog Figo Pays Lasts Respects To His Fallen Partner, Officer Jason Ellis (PHOTO)
Police Dog Pays Respects
Slain Bardstown officer laid to rest: Dog Pays Respects