Posted on April 4, 2016
It is with a very heavy sorrowful heart I write to tell you that we let our Titus go on March 30. He was very painful since previous Friday and we have not been able to manage it. The morning of the 30th he did not want food or treats, he was gray and gums were pale. Rick promised him he would not let him be in pain. He passed peacefully at home with us and our veterinarian, surrounded by love with our hands holding him.
For those who want a little more clarity or reason for the bond that Titus and Rick shared. He had been with Rick 6 years, 2 months, and 25 days. During that period of time they have traveled coast to coast. They had driven close to 250,000 miles together since he was rescued from Horry County, SC. He weighed 42 lbs the day he came to us. His normal weight while working was 74 lbs. We have been guests of the Commandant of the USMC at both his summer parades and his Christmas Parties. We celebrated Christmas with the Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff, and we were the guests of Michele Obama and Dr Jill Biden at the White House and a personal tour of the Pentagon. We have traveled from Wilmington, NC to CHARLESTON, SC, weekly for a full five years.
Titus served as a a great dog in training the prisoners the correct technique of the command sequence and he was used to demonstrate the proper way to do the skills while the new client worked with their new service dog.
During that time we were ONLY separated 9 nights, NEVER more than 12 hours. 3 nights (2 nights 1 time) and (1 night 1 time) when I was in the hospital for 2 shoulder replacements. And 6 nights during his hospitalization for his treatment.
Titus will truly be missed.