The photo of Kaiser’s final journey has gone viral. While it’s said that a picture says a thousand words, this picture has undoubtedly broken thousands of hearts.
Although he was only 2 years old, Kaiser had developed severe kidney disease and had to be euthanized.
Officer Jamie Lebretton, Kaiser’s main handler, wrote on the Plymouth Police Working Dog Foundation’s (PPWDF) Facebook page, “Kaiser battled this disease with vigor and toughness like I have never seen before.”
In March 2011, a local family wanted to donate their puppy Kaiser to the Plymouth Police Department. According to the PPWDF’s Facebook page, three officers went to the family’s house, where they were “greeted by a 5-month-old German Shepherd who was more concerned with standing his ground and protecting their beautiful two children than allowing us three dummies to greet him. That was the beginning of what inevitably began his landmark career.”
Although that career was tragically cut short, Kaiser “made a huge impact that will never be forgotten,” Lebretton wrote on Facebook. “Kaiser loved being a police dog and I will miss him dearly.”
Dozens of police officers also paid their respects when Kaiser was laid to rest at Angel View Pet Cemetery in Middleboro, Mass., according to CBS Boston.
“RIP my boy. I could not have asked for a better partner or friend. May you rest easy and wait for me at that sacred bridge,” Lebretton wrote on Facebook. “You made me a better person, a better handler and a better cop. Till we meet again Kai. I love you and will miss you daily.”