A dog’s devotion knows no bounds.
An extremely loyal Labrador service dog stayed by his owner’s casket after he committed suicide.
Honor, a black Labrador, met Wade Baker in 2012. The Gulf War veteran was suffering from PTSD.
As his service dog, Honor would wake Baker up from his post-war nightmares. Some of those terrible nightmares involved seeing fellow soldiers shooting stray dogs in Iraq because they were digging up the people they had to bury.
After Honor came into his life, Baker would wake up to love – his dog, licking his face.
“He was stopping the nightmare for me,” Baker once said, according to the Associated Press.
Prior to getting Honor, Baker was anxious and skeptical that a dog could make a difference in his life. But then Honor, who was trained at Paws & Effect in Des Moines, Iowa, climbed into his lap and yawned sweetly.
“And that’s when I realized: ‘Oh. You’re training ME,'” Baker said.
Baker’s family recognizes the amazing job Honor did for the veteran.
“It was very good for him,” Baker’s wife Michelle told the Citizen-Times. “Otherwise he would’ve kept being that hermit. I can honestly say, without Honor, he would not have lasted as long as he did. Honor helped him that much. They were inseparable for four years. Everywhere they were together; they even slept together. It was just fantastic, their relationship.”
Honor was doing a great job, but sadly some things are beyond repair.
On August 19, Baker committed suicide after battling with PTSD for 25 years. On the day, the police responded to an alleged hostage situation – the caller said 4 people had been shot at Maple Grove Baptist Church in North Carolina. Baker was the one who made the 911 call.
When the police got there, there were no bodies. As it turned out Baker was both gunman and hostage. A friend desperately tried to make him surrender, but Baker said it was time for him to be “put down.” Baker fired at the officers, who returned fire – striking him nine times.
Everybody was distraught and heartbroken, especially his family and Honor, who had spent four years of his life with Baker.
Honor was trained to watch over his owner while he was sleeping. So when he saw Baker lying in the casket, Honor was determined to watch over him and keep the nightmares away.
“When he saw his master lying in the flag-draped casket, the Labrador pushed through the clutch of weeping family members, reared up, placed his paws o
n the edge and tried to climb in. Unable to comfort Baker, he curled up underneath,” the Associated Press reports.
Honor did his job. He made sure Baker slept peacefully.
The Labrador has created a meaningful connection with Baker’s sons and is now living with them.
“After Wade Baker’s suicide earlier this year, Paws & Effect gifted his service dog, Honor, to his wife and sons,” the organization posted on Facebook.
Source: The Dodo