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Default Dying Man's Final Wish to be Reunited With Dog

I recommend watching the video, if you like dogs. Edited: I hope it works this time:

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Dying Man's Final Wish to be Reunited With Dog

By Jill Kasparie, Reporter






Story Created: Jun 16, 2011 at 6:45 PM CDT
Story Updated: Jun 18, 2011 at 1:54 PM CDT


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Edited to add: I removed the link to the video because the sound was messed up. Click on the link above, and there is a video there that you can hear. odie



CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – A community came together to grant a homeless man his last wish. That dying wish was to see his dog one more time. It was a simple request, but one that meant the world to him in his final days.

People involved with the man’s last wish describe it as something they’ll never forget. Now that he’s gone, they’ll always cherish the memories of the man and his best friend.

“She is full of energy and just brings so much love and energy into the home,” said the dog’s new owner, Kate Ungs. Meet Yurtie, also known as Yurt. She is getting used to her new home, adopted by Kate and Eric Ungs of Marion. “When we first saw her online in the bio it said, has a very compelling story, but you know, at the time those were just words,” said Eric Ungs.

Yurt used to live with a homeless Cedar Rapids man, 57-year-old Kevin McClain, in his car. But a month ago he became ill with lung cancer.

Paramedics rushed him to Mercy Medical Center and later to Hospice House. Yurt went to the animal shelter.

“In the transition of moving him over from our ambulance cot to the bed, he told me, 'I have a dog,'” said Area Ambulance Service Paramedic Specialist Jan Erceg.

Yurt's shelter was the same shelter where Kevin’s paramedic, Erceg, also volunteered.

“He said her name is Yurt and at that moment, that was my Aha! moment,” Erceg said.

From the day Yurt and Kevin were separated, he asked to see her.

It was his dying wish.

The Hospice Home, Ambulance Service and shelter teamed up to make it happen.

“And the moment he opened those eyes and saw that dog there was instant recognition and with Yurtie, she licked his arms, she licked his face,” Erceg said.

“It was a couple days later that Kevin did pass away here at the Hospice House. So it just really seemed to work so perfect,” said Dennis & Donna Oldorf Hospice House Patient Care Coordinator Brandi Garrett.

In the end, this companion was there for his owner, even in death. That’s a true companion that the Ungs know they’re now lucky to have.

“She’s our family and we’re her family, just a tight knit group,” Eric Ungs said.
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We got another thread going on regarding smoking cigarettes and with a few of us doomed for an "ill fate", but also quite a few of being canine lovers, makes me wonder, are those pictures being forced upon better or stories such as this....

Also great work by the people involved in making a dying man's last wish come true!
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Awesome work done by those good people. Anyone who's had a dog can understand the dying man's last wish, and not find it strange. Am sure it meant as much to Yurt as it did to Kevin.
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If any of the pessimists doubt a dog's love and devotion to their foster family, just look up hachiko, one would understand, how much it can mean to a dog to meet their master one last time.
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If any of the pessimists doubt a dog's love and devotion to their foster family, just look up hachiko, one would understand, how much it can mean to a dog to meet their master one last time.
I know of Hachiko from memory. The vet I took me Lab to told me about witnessing a somewhat similar situation right here, one of the lads near my colony had to go abroad, he had a GS, he couldn't take the dog with him due to technicalities and suchlike. The dog, who was used to being fed by his owner, just refused to eat after that. Well the owner was called up, and he was real distraught over it, told the vet to spare no expense and save his dog somehow, he'd manage something as soon as possible, they put the dog on IV but it didn't last all that long, the dog died of a broken heart in a week or so. Broke the owner's heart too, but there it is.
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I know of Hachiko from memory. The vet I took me Lab to told me about witnessing a somewhat similar situation right here, one of the lads near my colony had to go abroad, he had a GS, he couldn't take the dog with him due to technicalities and suchlike. The dog, who was used to being fed by his owner, just refused to eat after that. Well the owner was called up, and he was real distraught over it, told the vet to spare no expense and save his dog somehow, he'd manage something as soon as possible, they put the dog on IV but it didn't last all that long, the dog died of a broken heart in a week or so. Broke the owner's heart too, but there it is.
I'm gonna have to report your post, Knaur...
There's only so much wrong in the world much of which is brought forward through IMF, that one can absorb....
We got the bloody jihadists, the imbecile extreme left wing liberals, the commies but the dogs arent one of them. Your friend's mate didn't deserve that, but the universe acts in strange ways..

Here's another article, hope this one cheers anybody up who reads knaur's post

http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_theloo...-in-the-rubble
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I'm gonna have to report your post, Knaur...
There's only so much wrong in the world much of which is brought forward through IMF, that one can absorb....
We got the bloody jihadists, the imbecile extreme left wing liberals, the commies but the dogs arent one of them. Your friend's mate didn't deserve that, but the universe acts in strange ways..

Here's another article, hope this one cheers anybody up who reads knaur's post

http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_theloo...-in-the-rubble
Great post, loved that story. Stories of dogs' loyalties are abound, some happy, some sad. Another similar one which is latest is of LCorporal Liam Tasker and his dog Theo, of the British Army. The Corporal was martyred in Helmand, his dog couldn't take it and went away with him a few hours later.
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Great post, loved that story. Stories of dogs' loyalties are abound, some happy, some sad. Another similar one which is latest is of LCorporal Liam Tasker and his dog Theo, of the British Army. The Corporal was martyred in Helmand, his dog couldn't take it and went away with him a few hours later.
Yes, we had a thread on that a while back on this forum. But I wanna ask you, why are you only bringing up in your posts stories of our friends with unhappy endings, even though Theo would've been really worse off having to live without his great pal... Paradox? Injustice? Brotherly bond?? I don't know what to call it ??!!
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Yes, we had a thread on that a while back on this forum. But I wanna ask you, why are you only bringing up in your posts stories of our friends with unhappy endings, even though Theo would've been really worse off having to live without his great pal... Paradox? Injustice? Brotherly bond?? I don't know what to call it ??!!
Co-Incidence Talking about happy stuff, there are two Labras owned by Motion Picture Academy, Lucky and Flo, they can actually sniff out pirated discs and have managed to get confiscated millions of USD worth of illegal and kiddie porn DVD's etc!
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An improvised explosive device detection dog looks our of a kennel enclosure at Forward Operating Base Leatherneck, Afghanistan. The 401st Army Field Support Brigade adopted the veterinary services unit and kennel in January 2011 and secured a generator to heat and cool the kennel to make the dogs more comfortable. The 401st also acquired an ambulance from a Defense Logistics Agency Disposition Services yard and refurbished it in order for the veterinary services unit to be able to transport injured and wounded dogs to their level 3 trauma surgical suite.

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U.S. officials were reportedly "deeply disturbed" by Tajik border guards' treatment of sniffer dogs.

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Did Tajik border guards screw the pooch when it comes to the war on drugs?

The suggestion that sniffer dogs provided by the United States may have been sold off certainly has Tajik officials on the defensive.

The story has gained traction in local media following the release of this U.S. diplomatic cable by Wikileaks.

"The Border Guards cannot account for all the dogs provided, and post has previously suspected that local Border guards sold the pups of these dogs for personal profit."

The cable goes on to express U.S. diplomats' concern about the way Tajik border guards treated the drug-detecting dogs, which were given to the country in 2005.

Embassy officials who visited two border posts observed that the dogs were "posted outside in sub-zero temperatures to serve as watchdogs, which adversely affects their intended purpose of detecting narcotics."

The diplomats allegedly were "deeply disturbed" by what they saw during their visit to the Bogh and Bahorak border posts, saying "the border guards have made no sincere effort to integrate the dogs into their work program."

Khushnud Rahmatulloev, spokesman for the Tajik National Security Committee's border services' department, has denied the allegations as baseless.

"Tajik servicemen in these border posts have not sold the service dogs, because there were not any dogs whatsoever in the Bogh and Bahorak posts," he says.

It is not the first time the media has focused on the issue of drug-detecting dogs in Tajikistan. There were reports in the past that underpaid Tajik servicemen had sold sniffer dogs' food, leaving man's best friend to starve.

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The drug-detecting dogs are quite high-maintenance and consume some 50-100 dollars' worth of special food per month, experts told local media.

Speaking to RFE/RL on condition of anonymity, a former employee of Tajikistan's anti-narcotic agency says he seriously doubts the allegations that sniffer dogs are being mistreated by border guards or any other agency in Tajikistan.

"For example, the anti-narcotics agency keeps its 16 dogs in special quarters in the Varzob area outside the capital [Dushanbe], where they have a special kitchen to prepare dog food," the ex-official said. "They have vets to look after them,"


"As far as I remember these dogs' diet includes plenty of meat, eggs, and cream, and they are washed in bathtubs with hot and cold water. None of these is available for local people," he said. Not exactly, a dog's life, is it?!

The former official, however, adds that the "efforts are worth it, because the dogs are absolutely crucial in detecting illegal narcotics."

Tajikistan has become a major route for traffickers, who transit drugs from neighboring Afghanistan, a country responsible for over 90 percent of the world's opium production.

All things considered, it has not been easy to verify the Wikileaks claims that sniffer dogs were sold or mistreated in Tajikistan. As for media reports about the dog-food issues, perhaps this comment posted by "Ahmad" on the website of RFE/RL's Tajik Service puts it best:

"Dear America," Ahmad writes. "Please don't send us dogs anymore if they need 100 dollars a month for food. With average monthly wages of 50-60 dollars, we can barely afford to feed ourselves. The dogs would do better if you took them back. "


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Back in the day, (80's), IIRC it was about $30.000 to put a K-9 through the Air Force sniffer school. Can't remember if that was just for one certification or the combo(drug-bomb). I'm sure it's more now, I would be willing to say they sold them off instead of the food. May have sold the food too.

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I used to have a golden cocker spaniel and he had to have an operation for an enlarged heart, anyway the only vets hospital that could do the op was about 100 km away and when we went to pick him up we had to wait in a room down the hall. suddenly we heard this scrabbling sound and i looked out the door and our dog was dragging this huge muscular vet down the hall!! our dog saw me and got so excited he almost dragged the guy off his feet!! our dog was still under anaesthetic for crying out loud!!!
the vet came into the room and with his back turned asked us to take a seat, immediatley the dog jumped onto the chair and as the vet turned around he looked at the dog, the dog looked at him, put his paw on the vets desk and my wife said (in a doggy accent) give it to me straight doc!!!! whats my chances? how the vet kept a straight face I'll never know!
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Back in the day, (80's), IIRC it was about $30.000 to put a K-9 through the Air Force sniffer school. Can't remember if that was just for one certification or the combo(drug-bomb). I'm sure it's more now, I would be willing to say they sold them off instead of the food. May have sold the food too.

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Sold the pups more likely, dogs can be sold just once, but high pedigree pups like these, that would be a good side business for some chap posted as in-charge of some far flung outpost. Many of them do seem to be taking care of them dogs as best as they can, plenty of good diet and care etc., but 100$ per dog a month for specialised food, that's not affordable for them, I think there's a disconnect here, they are just looking after their dogs as they've probably looked after their dog squads in the past which is top notch by their std., but no so by Western ones who have more resources.
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I used to have a golden cocker spaniel and he had to have an operation for an enlarged heart, anyway the only vets hospital that could do the op was about 100 km away and when we went to pick him up we had to wait in a room down the hall. suddenly we heard this scrabbling sound and i looked out the door and our dog was dragging this huge muscular vet down the hall!! our dog saw me and got so excited he almost dragged the guy off his feet!! our dog was still under anaesthetic for crying out loud!!!
the vet came into the room and with his back turned asked us to take a seat, immediatley the dog jumped onto the chair and as the vet turned around he looked at the dog, the dog looked at him, put his paw on the vets desk and my wife said (in a doggy accent) give it to me straight doc!!!! whats my chances? how the vet kept a straight face I'll never know!
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A neighbourhood guard was curious when he saw luggage lined up at the front of Andre Lumboga's house, days after the 50-year old arrived back home. He approached the house, smelled something foul and called the police, according to a report.
"His skull was found in the kitchen, and his body was found in the front of his house," Eriyana, a local police chief in Batam, an island off Sumatra, told VIVAnews website.
Lumboga arrived home last Wednesday, but his body was just discovered Monday.
"We suspect that the dogs were hungry, so they attacked Andre, because they had not been fed for 14 days," he said. Police also found bones of two other dogs, believed to have also been eaten by the hungry canines.
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nice!!! its a good job I take my westie inholidays with me!!!
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Wow, awesome job by these dogs (and their trainers & handlers), who knows how many lives they have saved ! These dogs rate far, far higher up in my book than the Islamists scum on the other side.

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NEW DELHI/AMBALA: Recovery of an RDX-laden car in Ambala on Wednesday night with the help of sniffer police dogs James and Chilli might have saved the national capital from a deadly terrorist strike during Diwali festivities, investigators said.


According to Delhi Police officials, a blue Indica car recovered in the Haryana town had five kilograms of RDX, besides detonators and timers that would have claimed numerous lives in a crowded market place.


In the 2005 serial blasts in Delhi, three bombs went off killing 62 people and injuring over 200 just two days before Diwali. The three bombs had just a kilogram each of RDX, packed with sharpnel and other explosives. RDX (Research Department Explosive) is produced in state-controlled facilities, and it directly implicates Pakistani state agencies for supplying them.


"We had inputs that an LeT module active in Jammu and Kashmir was planning to strike in Delhi. Investigations were done and found that the explosives were meant for Babbar Khalsa International (BKI) and to be used in Delhi," said Arun Kampani, deputy commissioner of police (special cell).


"The plot was by ISI and the whole operation was being monitored from Nepal. A call was traced from Nepal 10 days ago which suggested exchange of explosives," sources said.


The cops are investigating if the recovery of explosives has any links to the September 7 blast at Delhi High Court, where too RDX was used. A team of National Investigation Agency, which is probing the HC blast, has rushed to Ambala.


Delhi Police has gone on high alert following the recovery, with all entry and exit points to the city being monitored for any suspect vehicles. The home ministry has also alerted other states to maintain a high state of alert during the festive season.


The car, number HR-03R-0054, a light blue Tata Indica car, was parked unattended. "We put some officers in plain clothes from 8 pm till 11 pm there to see if somebody comes to take the car but nobody turned up after which it was opened," said an officer. Officials said the occupants of the car might have become suspicious after seeing lot of police activity at Cantonment station so they probably did not turn up.


It is learnt that that policemen had already searched the area where the car was parked twice before the two dogs smelt the explosive. Chilli was the first to raise an alarm. Soon, James started dragging his handler and other cops towards the car. He also put his front paws on the bonnet.


Officials said the explosive was smuggled to Jammu and Kashmir through the border and a separate module was assigned to deliver it to Delhi. Police is looking for two suspects who drove the car to Ambala from Jammu. They have recovered two toll tax slips, of Shambhu Barrier and Ladowal in Punjab, from the car, and probably have CCTV footage of the two suspects from one of the toll booths.


Bomb disposal squads and forensic experts from Madhubani FSL rushed to the spot. Police found five kg of black explosives in three packets wrapped with brown adhesive tapes, five detonators in a plastic box wrapped with brown adhesive tapes, two timers hidden in the cavity of window rolling machine of the front door of the car, registration papers of the car and two toll receipts.

A box of sweets, bought from Jammu's Bari Brahmna area, was also found in the car, besides two newspapers from J&K. Officials said they had checked the registration details of the car and it was found to be fake. Police said the fake number was registered against a Sector 7 Panchkula-based house. The car was brought to Delhi on Thursday in a truck, and some parts of the car were dismantled to look for clues. Delhi Police has registered a case under explosive act.

Sources said painstaking trail of an intelligence input, which initially appeared to be quite general in nature, led to unraveling of the deadly terrorist plot. The incident clearly shows the linkages of LeT with Khalistani terror groups through the common 'master' ISI, officials said. The possibility of such a nexus was specifically discussed by top cops of the country nearly a month ago during a conference here last month when they discussed reports suggesting constant efforts by Khalistani terror groups to revive militancy in Punjab at the behest of the ISI.
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BHANU ( PANCHKULA): If security agencies are elated over the RDX haul from a car parked at Ambala railway station on Wednesday night, the staff and officers at Panchkula-based National Training Centre for Dogs and Animals (NTCDA), Bhanu, are equally happy that one of their ''alumni'' played a key role in saving the national capital from a possible terror strike.


It was Chilli, a black Labrador, which passed out from NTCDA this year, which gave indications that there is something fishy in the blue Indica that contained 5 kg RDX. Chilli and his handler, constable Deepak Kumar of Haryana police, were deployed at the spot on Thursday where technical equipment had failed to detect the explosives.


Chilli passed out from NTCDA in May this year after completing 24 weeks of basic training. Talking to TOI, deputy commandant Deepak Pandey of ITBP said, "Our centre feels proud of its 'trainee' who played a vital role in this crucial operation. It was classified training methodology catered by the centre that honed Chilli's skills."


NTCDA is country's top dog training centre, which has also hired services of dog trainers from Switzerland. Two search and rescue German Shepherds trained at the centre had helped the armed forces in searching victims buried under the rubble in flood-devastated Ladakh region in August last year.


Also, the Belgian Shepherds trained here are deployed in Naxal-infested areas to help the paramilitary forces, sources said.
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CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti (Aug. 26, 2011) U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class George Simoni, Camp Lemonnier master-at-arms and military working dog handler, works with Dax, a 4-and-a-half-year-old German Shepherd military working dog, during a patrol training exercise at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, August 26. Military working dogs and their handlers' patrols and contraband detection skills are a valuable part of Camp Lemonnier's physical security. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sergeant Stephen Linch) [20111101132916 ]
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