CONGLETON, United Kingdom — A British army veteran wanted to remember the amazing K-9 that stood by his side in Afghanistan by getting a tattoo with the dog’s ashes.
Sergeant Dave Heyhoe, 46, spent years working side-by-side with bomb-detection dog, Treo. Treo, a black Labrador, was known as one of the bravest dogs in the United Kingdom after he prevented the deaths of dozens of British troops and was awarded the Dickin Medal, an animal equivalent to the Victoria Cross.
When Heyhoe retired in 2010, the army retired Treo along side him so they could be together for the rest of their lives.
Heyhoe was so inspired by Treo that he wrote a book about their adventures together called, “It’s All About Treo: Life, Love and War With The World’s Bravest Dog.”
Sadly, Treo passed away this past October at the ripe old age of 14.
Devastated, Heyhoe felt lost without his best friend. That’s when he decided he was going to get a tribute tattoo dedicated to Treo. He also decided he would sprinkle some of his ashes into the ink so they two could be bonded forever.
“People might think it’s strange, but Treo was like a son to me, and his death his knocked me for six,” Heyhoe told The Daily Mail UK. “Over the years we have seen gunfire, death and bomb scares together — I’ve been lost without him. Now it feels like Treo is by my side – where he’s supposed to be.”
The tattoo is a drawing of a dog paw-print above a tribute poem.
“I will lay down my life for you and expect nothing but love in return,” the poem reads.
“I protect my Dad with my life, and would gladly take a bullet in his place. I find weapons and bombs. I am the first sent in and sometimes the last to leave. I am the nose and ears of my Dad. I protect and serve him. I would die for him and for you. I only ask for compassion and a kind word.”
Goodbye sweet Treo!
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