A Massachusetts State Trooper took to social media to express his sadness over losing his K-9 Trooper.
The heartbreaking letter was written just before he took the dog to be put to sleep. The message was shared thousands of times on Facebook and tells the story of an inseparable bond of police partners, in which the trooper calls one of his truest friends.
Trooper Christopher Coscia says he has been working with his German shepherd Dante also known as ‘Type A' for nine years. He penned the letter in a car moments before Dante would be put to sleep during a morning when work was canceled due to snow.
"Every morning when I opened the door to his kennel he would jump up on me, wrap his paws around my waist, get his morning greeting and pat from me, storm up the stairs, and push the door open ready to go to work,'"Coscia wrote.
Coscia says Dante had been diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension, which causes the heart to enlarge and the dog began suffering from seizers.
"It all started one day while taking Dante out to his kennel. He collapsed on me, falling like a rock with no control of his body," Coscia wrote. "He had one of these seizures in the yard the other day, and after I sat on the ground in the snow with him patting him calmly waiting for it to be over, I came in the house. Upon walking in, to my dismay, I realized my wife and two children had been intently watching us to make sure all was okay."
But Dante was not okay. Trooper Coscia says when he walked in the door, he saw his wife and daughter crying. He knew what was coming, sooner than his entire family were ready.
"I am glad he made it through the holidays. My wife's birthday was yesterday. I did not want to do that to her; for her to remember her birthday as the day we put down Dante would forever bring a tear to her eye. Much as it does to me as I write this with every new thought and remembrance of my partner, each paragraph brings a new thought and anguish for me," Coscia wrote.
As Coscia drove to his final destination, he pulled over to write the letter at the peak of his uncertainty.
'As it does to me as I write this with every new thought and remembrance of my partner, each paragraph brings a new thought and anguish for me,' Coscia wrote.