Retired sheriff and his loyal K-9 partner died the same day only hours apart

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A retired sheriff from Ohio and his chihuahua-rat terrier K-9 partner, both died on Wednesday. Geauga County Sheriff Dan McClelland, 67, lost a year long battle with brain cancer; his 16-year-old drug sniffing dog Midge died a few hours later – many would say of a broken heart.

According to BurrService, McClelland had been a sheriff’s deputy for 44 years; his tiny dog Midge had been at this side for 12 years.

“Tired of seeing big dogs tear up car interiors, Dan took his own little dog, Midge, and trained her to be the world’s smallest drug dog.  After appearances on Good Morning America, Fox and Friends, the Today Show and others, Midge’s popularity soared around the country and the world.

The likeable pooch with the best disposition would search vehicle without tearing up upholstery or leaving muddy pawprints. Doing a search underneath the vehicle was no problem.

McClelland had specifically chosen Midge who had been the runt of the litter. In 2006, she set the Guinness World Record’s smallest police dog.

According to APNews, the two, but especially Midge, were stars in Geauga County. Wherever McClelland went, Midge was by his side. At the office, she would nap on a dog bed beside his desk. Schoolchildren were delighted during their visits.

The family said McClelland and Midge will be buried together.

Rest in peace Sheriff Dan McClelland and Midge. End of watch.

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Such a sweet parrot!


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