K-9 Grieves Partner’s Loss After Moncton Shootings

Kaitlan Collins Contributor
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Canada mourned Tuesday for the three slain Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers killed by gunman Justin Bourque, who terrorized New Brunswick on June 4, according to a Global News report.

And so did a certain dog.

Danny, a German Shepherd, followed behind the Canadian flag-draped casket of his partner, Constable David Ross, during the funeral service for the three officers.

In Ross’ obituary, he is remembered as a husband, a dad and “best friend to Danny, his faithful K9 companion.” Ross’s wife Rachael is pregnant with their second child, and a message from his family to the RCMP website said his great love for dogs “led Dave into police work,” and that he took much pride in working with Danny.

Adrian Vander Ploeg, Ross’s brother-in-law, told funeral-goers that Ross had been in the middle of preparing dinner when he left to respond to first reports of the gunman. He said he left the barbecue lid up and his garage door open.

Fabrice Georges Gevaudan, 45, and Dave Joseph Ross, 32, were the two other officers killed by Bourque.