I can not express what a loss Kubo is as a partner, let alone a family member. I sit here with the joy of several k9 partners over last 30 plus years, and the staggering blow of loosing their keen ,steady support at work and that knowing nudge and warm heap on my bed that forgives even the hardest day at work. My joy in knowing them all is that even the pain of loosing my "best freind" is worth it. I am fortunate my beloved Springfield is retired and now patrols the chickens and nieces,nephews and doggy cookie jar. He will be 16 on Christmas, and worked with certs untill a year and a half ago. I being from New York, had his steady ,doggy philosophy to deal with the job becoming too personal after the surreal aftermath of 9/11. I still reel from flashes of memories of people I worked with whom will never laugh again,, hug their kids again, or do what they pledged to do because they did not falter doing just that. Unless you have military or law enforcement k9 experience.. you can not begin to understand how important that officer bond is..and if a department is wise.. how close that dog gets woven into your soul if you also live with the dog. A violent divorce and starting over, then having "Sandy" rip my feeble attempts to start over completely apart,, are put in perspective by that warm pair of eyess letting me know it will be okay,, we got this! And, if I wake up after too little sleep because something did not go as well as planned ay work.. I just have to reach out and feel that warm "wolf" that has chosen me as his "pack" (even though he has taken most of the bed) and I feel the rightness of my choices to keep going. He does not care for the "rookie" sleepimg on "his" bed, but in turning the page of his/our change of relationship,He has "dog-eared" my life experiences.
Kubo has, after all his ten years, "dog-eared " yours so that when your "rookie" starts making his/her self part of your life you will easily be able to turn back to only those good times Kubo has marked for you.You will not ever get over his sudden loss but you will be stronger for his love..
I wish you the best for you and your family for your loss. I hope Kubo has left you strong enough to take on the challenges of breaking in a new "rookie". Dogs,wisely,only deal with things one day at a time. Take that to heart. Share Kubo's ball or toy with the new rookie so he/she knows that a great dog came before them. You know how sensitive their noses are. How do I tell you as my "rookie" and Sprinfield have become my family, that I understand all your pain ? Well,after all you have been thru with him, I can not but he did let you know every single day how he felt about you before he passed. Unlike us humans who wait to say things after we die, dogs say it with their eyes, cocking their heads, that tail and yes, even when they snore. I would suggest,, even beg you to consider www.militaryworkingdogadoptions.com to give a older military dog a few years of actually being part of a family after serving our country. They do place high drive dogs that need to keep working despite age or injury that may otherwise be put down. They also place k9's in families that served and just deserve a chance to be part of a family. You must make the decision wether or not the risk of being hurt by another loss in a few short years, or even months is worth honoring Kubo by giving back to these wonderfull souls who gave their hearts to serve. If they are not placed, the military puts them down. Is there another Kubo worthy dog out there you would let that happen to?
I wish you the best and hope you at least contact Debbie about the military dogs and consider even just fostering untill they can be placed so they are not put down. I guarantee you, it is well worth it and your department to benefit from a "vet" dog untill the rookie gets the ropes.. and it is free! The pain of his loss will not be replaced but it will be a win all the way around. Thanks and prayers you at least look into this.. Sgt, Amos