This is a tribute to Diesel. Diesel was not my personal dog however, I feel she needs to be remembered.
This morning, Wednesday, November 18th, 2015, Diesel, a 7 year-old French special forces' dog, was killed by terrorists during the operation in Saint-Denis. Diesel was part of the elite SWAT team & was trained to alert Officers to any explosives.
Diesel was sent into the building in Saint-Denis where it was believed the terrorists were holed up. As soon as she entered the building looking for humans & explosives, she was met by a female suspect. This person opened fire on Diesel, killing her instantly.
Her handler said that her life mattered more than the lives of the ones they were looking for. It's been said that Diesel died defending the people of Saint-Denis & the Officers. One Officer said "losing Diesel is like losing one of our colleagues".
I honestly don't know what else to say about Diesel. I do know how the Officer, her handler)is feeling. Broken heart, guilt, sadness, tears. It's tough when we lose our personal pets but when an Officer loses his/her working dog, it's a different feeling. You're losing your PARTNER. And that's a tough pill to swallow. Your partner...the one you rely on to keep you safe. The one you would protect with your life. The one you spend hours upon hours with. Handling radio calls. Greeting the citizens.
The people of France have been dealt many blows this past week. May they find peace with time. May they be able to feel comfortable in getting out & seeing their beautiful country. May they say their "good-byes" to their family members, friends, colleagues in peace.
May the Police Dept. be able to have a moment to bid farewell to Diesel. After all, she deserves the best burial. She deserves a true K9 farewell.
Please keep the people of France in your thoughts & prayers. And keep Diesel's handler in your thoughts.
#JeSuisChien [translated to English as "I'm a dog"] She doesn't know it but she was MORE than "a dog". She was loved & she was special.
Here are the words to the song "IMAGINE".
Imagine there's no heaven
Imagine there's no countries
You may say I'm a dreamer
Imagine no possessions
You may say I'm a dreamer
***The Russian minister for internal affairs, Vladimir Kolokoltsez, sent a letter to his French counterpart, Bernard Cazeneuve, offering the puppy as an expression of Russia's solidarity with France.
Mr Kolokoltsez asked the French internal affairs minister to accept the service puppy, named Dobrynia, who he said would grow to take the place of Diesel, "as confirmation of our solidarity with the French police in these troubled days".
"The puppy will be given [to] France in solidarity with the French people and police in the fight against terrorism," the Russian interior ministry posted on Facebook.
The puppy was named after the Russian hero, Dobrynya, who the Russian interior ministry described as "the personification of strength, kindness, bravery and selflessness".
Dobrynya was the uncle and tutor of Vladimir the Great, and was later fictionalised in Russian folklore as a bogatyr, or powerful warrior.
Diesel was killed on Wednesday morning when she was sent into an apartment targeted in an anti-terror raid, to "gauge the threat inside", French news channel BFMTV reported.
Paris police chief Jean-Michel Fauvergue told French newspaper Le Parisien that Diesel "probably saved the lives of policemen who were about to enter".
French police announced Diesel's death on Twitter, and said the 7-year-old service dog had been "indispensable" to the operation.