It’s no coincidence that out of all the animals on this planet, dogs are the one’s called man’s best friend. The bond humans have with their dogs is an unbreakable one that, at times, cannot even be broken by death. This veteran and his loyal dog, for example, spent a lifetime of adventures together and passed away hours apart from one another.
Daniel Hove was all about giving to the community. After serving his country for years at the Air Force, Hove became the chief firefighter at his hometown of Burnsville, Minnesota. His fellow firefighters looked up to him, he was like a mentor to them. But everything changed when Hove was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2012. Friends and family gathered to support the man through his tiring sessions of chemotherapy. With all the people coming and going, there was one that never left Hove’s side. It was his loyal 11-year-old Golden Retriever Gunner. Hove’s daughter, Heather Nicoletti, recalled her dad’s deep bond with Gunner in her interview with Kare 11. Nicoletti said: “They were best buddies till the end. They were hunting buddies, they went everywhere together.”
The two’s bond was a unique and deep one. It seemed as if they were always synced with one another. “My dad was unresponsive, the dog was unresponsive. So once we saw how the dog was doing–he wasn’t moving much anymore, not doing well– we knew, it was coming,” Nicoletti continued. When Nicoletti walked into the room one dreaded Monday morning, she knew she had to help Gunner move on. “I called the vet clinic I used to work at, they got me in right away and I rushed him up there, put him to sleep. And about an hour and a half later, my dad was gone too.”
With all the grief and sadness, Nicoletti said that she finds some comfort knowing that the suffering of parting ways with Gunner was saved from her father. She believes that what eventually destroyed the poor dog was watching his owner suffer so much. “Gunner could not be without my dad,” Nicoletti added. “I think he chose to go with him.” The fact that the two died together came as no surprise to anyone who witnessed their bond first hand. Nicoletti told Kare 11 “We knew they were going to go together. We just didn’t know it was going to be hours apart.”
Hove and Gunner’s bond was so deep and profound that it wasn’t even broken by death itself.
Watch Kare 11’s news story about the veteran and his dog who passed away hours apart here:
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