Emotional goodbye: Police dog whimpers at partner's funeral

Royal Canadian Mounted Police dog Danny sniffs the Stetson of his partner, slain Constable David Ross, during the funeral procession for the three RCM...
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By Amy Eley
An officer holds Danny, the K9 partner of slain RCMP officer Constable David Ross, at the funeral procession for the three RCMP officers who were killed on duty.Marc Grandmaison / Today

A tragic funeral this week marked a heartbreaking goodbye between a police dog and his officer.

Danny, the K9 partner of slain RCMP Constable Dave Ross, looks around at the start of the RCMP regimental funeral on Tuesday.Sean Kilpatrick / Today

Royal Canadian Mounted Police Constable Dave Ross, along with fellow officers Fabrice Gevaudan and Douglas Larche, were killed by a shooter in Mocton, New Brunswick last week while on duty.

The casket of Constable Douglas James Larche is carried in for the RCMP regimental funeral on Tuesday.Sean Kilpatrick / Today

The loss is not only felt by their families and the community, but also by Ross's police dog, Danny.

Danny sniffs the Stetson of his partner, slain Constable David Ross, during the funeral procession.Andrew Vaughan / Today

Ross had served as a Dog Services handler and had worked with Danny, a German Shepard, since 2012. 

RCMP officers stand in silence during the regimental funeral of three slain officers.Andrew Vaughan / Today

At the regimental funeral on Tuesday, Danny walked in the funeral procession alongside an officer who was holding Ross's hat. The dog is also said to have been heard whimpering throughout the service, according to the Global News

The caskets of the three RCMP officers who were killed in the line of duty are draped witth the Canadian flag at the regimental funeral.Andrew Vaughan / Today

While many dogs are retired after losing their handler, Cst. Ross's wife, Rachael, told the RCMP that her husband would want Danny to continue working. The RCMP is currently working on matching Danny with another Dog Services handler.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police Commissioner Bob Paulson presents Constable Dave Ross's widow Rachael with the slain RCMP officer's Stetson during a regimental funeral.Sean Kilpatrick / Today