Nitro, US Military Detection Explosives K9, retired last spring from the US Army, a few weeks shy of his 9th Birthday, after serving two Tours of Duty in Iraq, and one Tour of Duty in Afghanistan. The number of lives he saved will never be known, however, there was no question he was a true hero and GSRNE quickly took him into our program wanting to find a happy life for retirement. Unfortunately, it wasn’t long before we found out Nitro had cancer: Tonsillar Squamous Cell Carcinoma, common for K9 dogs working in detection explosives. Carcinoma of the tonsils is particularly aggressive and our Vet told us Nitro would probably only have about 3 months to live out his retirement. Nitro’s foster Dad, a member of the New England Vikings Motorcycle Club, took Nitro to their bi-weekly meeting and just like everyone else who met him, they fell in love. A majority of the club members are Veterans themselves and truly appreciated Nitro’s service, so last fall on September 1st (in memory of 9/11) Nitro was honorary adopted by the New England Vikings Motorcycle Club and officially became GSRNE #376. Nitro soon became their Ambassador and even got his own member’s riding vest.
This past April, almost a year after his original diagnosis of 3 months to live, Nitro started to bleed more frequently from his tonsils at night and waking up in the middle of the night gasping for air. Together GSRNE and the Vikings made the tough decision on April 4th to let our HERO cross over “The Bridge” and rest peacefully. With a motorcycle escort and two families of over 500 members, we said good-bye to one beautiful K9.
On September 7, 2014, GSRNE and the Vikings will be hosting a memorial motorcycle run in honor of Nitro, “Ride to Rescue”, and all proceeds will benefit GSRNE’s mission to rescue German Shepherds throughout New England.
Pre-registration is now closed for next Sunday’s RIDE TO RESCUE Bike Run. We would like to thank everyone who has pre-registered.