An Army veteran whose bomb detection dog, Treo, passed away last fall has now immortalized his partner with a tattoo in his honor.
Daily Mail reports that Sgt. Dave Heyhoe, 46, was the handler of Treo, a black lab who became known as one of the bravest dogs to serve in the British military. Heyhoe worked with Treo while serving in Afghanistan.
After both retired from the military, Treo went to live with Heyhoe permanently.
Treo passed away at the age of 14 in October.
Heyhoe and his family were devastated.
So Heyhoe decided to get a special tattoo — the tattoo artist sprinkled Treo’s ashes into the ink and drew a paw print and a poem.
“The tattoo completes me,” Heyhoe said in Daily Mail. “People might think it’s strange, but Treo was like a son to me. 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.”