An Air Force veteran and his loyal dog pass away within an hour and a half of each other.

An Air Force veteran and his devoted dog both pass away within a span of an hour and a half. Heartbreaking story


A dog’s loyalty is unmatched. They are truly man’s best friends as they stay with you almost 24/7, in all circumstances.

This story will give you a clear picture of what exactly dog loyalty looks like.

When Air Force veteran Daniel Hove retired, he didn’t stop serving his country. He eventually became the deputy fire chief of Burnsville.

Unfortunately, he was quickly diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The love from his family, friends, and community poured in for their beloved veteran.

He was diagnosed in October 2011. He underwent a Whipple procedure in February 2012, followed by cycles and cycles of chemotherapy.

But nothing compares to the loyalty of his 11-year-old Labrador, Gunner.

His loyal companion, who was also in his twilight years, rarely left his side. He was there when Daniel was still in good health, and he promised to be there throughout his battle against cancer.

Daniel’s strong will to live and the unwavering support of his loved ones meant the world to him. It fueled his determination to keep going and fighting.

In their younger years, the two buddies were nearly inseparable. “They were best pals until the end, they went everywhere together,” said Nicoletti, reflecting on those moments.

One day, Gunner started feeling unwell too.

It was no longer a surprise for them; they already knew it was going to happen, especially because Gunner was also a senior dog.

According to Nicoletti, “When my father was restless, the dog was restless. When my father was indifferent, the dog was indifferent.”

Soon, Nicoletti realized it was time to bid farewell to their loyal furry companion.

“I called the veterinary clinic where I worked. They brought me in right away, and I rushed him upstairs, put him to sleep. And about an hour and a half later, my father was gone too,” she said, explaining how everything unfolded that day.

Until their last breath, Daniel and Gunner were together.

Calling him a loyal dog is actually an understatement, as it goes beyond that. They were both fortunate to have found each other when they needed a reliable friend.

“I had said that I didn’t know what would be more traumatic for him,” Nicoletti said. “Trying to take him to finish – to put him to sleep – to end his suffering, or letting him live through dad’s death. I think either way would have killed him. We knew they were going to go together. We just didn’t know there would be hours apart.

In fact, not being able to say goodbye was a blessing for Gunner and Daniel. Neither of them had to shed tears watching the other one go.”

After all, Nicoletti was grateful that her father and loyal friend had peacefully departed to their final resting place.

Undoubtedly, it is a beautiful story of loyalty and friendship.

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