- By Rebecca Frankel
Rebecca Frankel is senior editor, special projects at Foreign Policy. She is the author of War Dogs (forthcoming in the fall of 2014 from Palgrave), a book about canines in combat, the subject of her regular Friday column "Rebecca's War Dog of the Week," featured on The Best Defense. Before joining FP in 2008, she was managing editor of Moment Magazine, a publication founded by Elie Wiesel in 1975, where she began working in 2003. In addition to her work on war dogs, Frankel has written on a wide range of topics from the religious escapades of singer Bob Dylan to Hitler's family doctor. Her profile of author Joyce Carol Oates was published in the collection Joyce Carol Oates: Conversations in 2006. She has appeared as a commentator on ABC World News and MSNBC among others. In 2011, she was named one of 12 women in foreign policy to follow on Twitter by the Daily Muse.
By Rebecca Frankel
Best Defense Chief Canine Correspondent
On June 4, three Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers were gunned down when a reported madman went on a shooting spree in Mocton, a city in eastern Canada. K-9 handler Dennis Ross was one of the officers killed.
This week a funeral service was held for these officers and Ross’s canine partner, Danny, was in attendance. Photos of Danny at the service, like the one above, have been making headlines and pulling heartstrings. One report said that during the service, Danny "whimpered" by the casket and another reported that during the funeral process the dog "jumped up to sniff Ross’ RCMP stetson" as a final good-bye.
Danny, the three-year-old German Shepherd, was partnered with Ross in December 2012, though their formal training only began in April 2013. Though they weren’t together long, their bond was a strong one. Ross’s wife remarked on how close the pair was and said that she felt her husband would want his partner to keep on their work with another handler:
"’Anytime Danny barked at home, it would be to get Dave to open the truck door so they could go to work,’ she said. … ‘It wouldn’t be fair to Danny to retire him as he loved his work as much as Dave did.’"
Anyone who has had a dog knows that they grieve the loss of humans (and animals) they loved. These photos of Danny call to mind the footage of Hawkeye, the dog belonging to Jon Tumilson, a Navy Seal who "was killed in Afghanistan when his Chinook helicopter was hit by enemy fire on Aug. 6, ." During Tumilson’s funeral the dog "wandered over to his owner’s flag-draped coffin and lay beside it throughout the service."
A video titled "Danny’s Doing Well" posted on June 11, shows Danny chasing a ball in a stream — just being a young, happy dog.