Officers from the Richwood Police Department in Ohio – along with fellow K-9s, friends, family and other members of the community – lined up to salute one of their own as he took his ‘final walk.’
K-9 Klink, who would have turned 11 next month, had served on the Richwood police department, alongside his handler, Eric Nicholson, for seven years.
K-9 Klink suffered from five herniated discs in his back and was diagnosed with degenerative myelopathy, an incurable, progressive disease of the canine spinal cord, which had caused Klink to eventually lose the use of his back legs.
As soon as he was diagnosed, Klink retired after years of dedication and hard work on the force. He began physical therapy treatments, which gave Klink another year with his family, until goodbye became inevitable.
Since Klink couldn’t walk on his own for his ‘final walk,’ his best friend and handler, Officer Nicholson, carried Klink, draped in a ‘thin blue line’ American flag, into Woodside Vet Clinic, where he would be put to rest.
“Klink was a good boy and will be missed,” Richwood Police Department wrote on Facebook.
Officer Nicholson says Klink enjoyed “begging for food, barking at you when you have food, eating your food, eating anything, drinking from a garden hose, and cuddling.”
Watch K-9 Klink’s emotional final walk in the video below:
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Honoring and saying goodbye to K-9 Klink. Our thoughts and prayers are with Officer Nicholson, his family and the Richwood PD. R.I.P Klink 7/18/08 – 5/06/19. K9s4America.org
Posted by Dorsey Films on Saturday, May 11, 2019