"Sometimes even best friends can’t be saved and heroes die....But they should never be forgotten"
The Project - I would like to create a life-sized bronze sculpture that rests on a large granite base in Drakes honor. The base will be inscribed with the names, dates and departments of service dogs that have passed away, whether they were killed in the line of duty, or died of natural causes. I want them to be remembered for their service and given a formal ceremony befitting any of our human veterans.
Drake's Story - K-9 Drake was a hero and a loyal best friend. The former K9 patrol dog was just protecting the property of his master, Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Bobby Boody, when armed robbers broke into their house. Trooper Boody was not at home and Drake did his best to fight off the violent intruders, despite being shot several times.
Published on Saturday, November 24, 2012
on the WPEC News 12 Palm Beach County
GREENACRES, Fla. - A retired police dog that was shot several times during an attempted burglary has passed away.
Drake, a five and a half year old German Shepherd, was euthanized about 6:15 Friday night at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in Gainesville.
A Lake Worth veterinarian, Dr. Ken Simmons, loaded Drake in his plane and flew him to Gainesville Friday morning so the dog could undergo a CAT-scan.
Simmons says the outlook for Drake was not very good. He says because of damage to his esophagus Drake needed complicated, risky surgery that would've put the dog through even more suffering. After flying Drake to Gainesville, Simmons flew back to south Florida Friday afternoon.
Doctors at the University of Florida discussed Drake's condition with Dr. Simmons by phone. They decided, after conferring with Drake's owner, that the best choice was to put him to sleep.
"I feel a deep sense of sadness that I couldn't assist getting this dog Drake back to his feet again where he could continue to live a normal life, and I let down, or I feel like I let down a lot of people who were lookin' for this dog to make it," Dr. Simmons said.
Drake was shot four times last weekend during an attempted break-in at his owner's home.
A 16 year old boy is under arrest in the shooting, and two more juveniles are being sought.
Drake's owner, Florida Highway Patrol trooper Bobby Boody, sent us a text message Friday night. He says after a necropsy Saturday in Gainesville, Drake's ashes will be brought to south Florida. There will not be a public funeral.
In the text message, Boody says, "I can not thank the public enough for the overwhelming response to this incident. The outpouring of support from everyone has been tremendous. Everyone has been more than generous both financially and with their kind words. I could never express the true appreciation I have for all those who showed concerns. Thank you all so very much."
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The creation of this original bronze life-size sculpture is a work of love and takes time..........the artist is working diligently to finish her work in time for a dedication this summer. I will make sure to post time lines to all donors to keep them in the loop. I have already committed myself in that I have given the artist a deposit to start sculpting the life-size monument in clay. The risk now is that we will not be able to raise the funding to cast the clay sculpture in bronze and the story of this incredible dog will eventually be forgotten. Dr. Ken Simmons
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A limited edition bronze maquette of the Drake memorial. Donor name will be inscribed on a plaque that will be a permanent part of the actual memorial statue. VIP invitation to the dedication ceremony. An digital album of photos and videos of Drake's Story. A "Remembering Drake" bracelet/wristband and an "End of Watch" Drake T-shirtEstimated delivery:Add $75 USD to ship outside the US
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