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Monday Meeting — Good-Bye, Solo

A Police K-9 Dog Died Yesterday. This is his Caretaker/Partner/Best Friend Saying Goodbye one Last Time.

A photo of K9 Police Dog ‘Solo’ and his partner, Staff Sgt. Carlos Dipuma.

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The memorial service included a photo montage of Solo and his partner, Staff Sgt. Carlos Dipuma, as well as a moment of silence for the K-9 officer so many had grown to love.

Then many in the multi-purpose building at Farris Park sniffled as Solo’s last radio call went out.

“Attention all units, be advised that Solo does not respond. K-9 Solo is now deceased and will be laid to rest February 2, 2015,” the dispatcher said.

With that last call came a finality for so many Monday morning: the dog they trusted with their lives was gone.

“I’m gonna miss Solo. I’ve cried so many tears these last couple of days,” Dipuma said. “It’s been hard.”

On Friday, Solo was diagnosed with terminal cancer, two tumors pressing on his heart and spleen. On Monday morning, the department had to put him down.

“It’s gonna be hard knowing when I go in that truck again in the morning time and go 10-8, that my partner won’t be in the back,” Dipuma said.


Please see the text below, by an unknown author, which is inscribed on the Connecticut State Police K9 Memorial.

A fitting tribute for Solo and all the other heroic K9 Dogs…

Trust in me, my friend, for I am your comrade. I will protect you with my last breath. When all others have left you and the loneliness of the night closes in, I will be at your side.

Together we will conquer all obstacles and search out those whom might wish harm to others. All I ask of you is compassion, the caring touch of your hands.

It is for you that I will unselfishly give my life and spend my nights unrested. Although our days together may be marked by the passing of the seasons, know that each day at your side is my reward.

My days are measured by the coming and going of your footsteps. I anticipate them at every opening of the door. You are the voice of caring when I am ill; the voice of authority when I’ve done wrong.

Do not chastise me unduly, for I am your right arm, the sword at your side. I attempt to do only what you bid of me. I seek only to please you and remain in your favor.

Together you and I shall experience a bond only others like us will understand. When outsiders see us together their envy will be measured by their disdain.

I will quietly listen to you and pass no judgment, nor will your spoken words be repeated. I will remain ever silent, ever vigilant, ever loyal.

And when our time together is done and you move on in this world, remember me with kind thoughts and tales, for a time we were unbeatable. Nothing passed among us undetected.

If we should meet again on another street I will gladly take up your fight. I am a Police Working K-9 and together we are guardians of the night.

~ Connecticut State Police K9 Memorial


We give thanks to Solo (above) and Staff Sgt. Carlos Dipuma for their bravery and dedication in protecting and serving the public.

Source: Kindness Blog

37 thoughts on “Monday Meeting — Good-Bye, Solo

  1. a Beautiful post ..and tribute
    Thank you for sharing such a Beautiful Spirit and Hero
    Take Care…You Matter…

  2. “if we should meet again on another Street I will gladly take up your fight. I am a police working K-9 and together we are guardians of the night”- sorry for Solo and that last sentence was a perfect ending to a tender story and good tribute to Solo.

  3. These animals are so loyal and so valiant, and their human partners so committed. This is absolutely heartbreaking. I feel so deeply for the officer. I’m sure he has a hole in his heart this morning….

  4. I find it amazing that we can understand what it means to have a soul mate in the voiceless creatures of this world. Their innocence and loyalty goes beyond most any other relationship we have known, and know a binding love beyond the usual communication found in words. In the relationships we have with the companionship given from the animal world, we have no doubt that it is a relationship that will be till death do us part. It is a relationship that there is no doubt to be separated in divorce from this creature would cause a suffering like no other. And (I apologize for making a delicate point) the physical union is one that is binding without crude gratifications (if that is the case completely and utterly diminishes love in a disrespect of the body).
    Quiet simply, people do not divorce their snakes, horses, dogs, cats, fish, birds, chickens or llama’s and this should not be too much to ask when it comes to human companionship. Again, I apologize for taking this tender topic on a rogue tangent of marriage and this is not to advocate that divorce is a reality to be abolished. I do understand the torment of feeling left with not other choice but to separate from someone who is making life miserable for both parties. It is a difficult and courageous choice. I am only trying to state that there is an Analogy to Being in the relationship shared with our animal friends, and maybe we can see that the pain and suffering that comes with a divorce can be alleviated if marriage is only entered into with someone we know it is till death; like we know of our furry friends. That we do not get a small dog in hope they will be big, or a large dog and attempt to stunt its growth. We do not adopt a black cat to strip its color and make the fur white or find white cat to dye the fur something other than it is. The love we know from our animal friends, is firstly a friendship, and it means to love another creature and recognize that God made them unique and special. Human or otherwise, and love means to find a joy exactly as God made them; who they are right this very second; faults and joys together, and the only thing required of them to do, is “Be.” No change required, and in freely letting them Be fully who they are, [finding joy and excitement and mystery in the now] we are able to enjoy freely, without fear the knowledge of who we are, and know God loves us exactly as we are. If this is possible with our animal friends, I believe, it is certainly possible with our human friends; and I believe we are all deserving of such a true and abiding relationship.
    Sorry to hear about Solo’s passing, but perhaps he will visit you in your dreams, with the promise to meet again someday. 🙂

  5. My heart goes out to Solo and his partner. Sometimes there just aren’t the words deep enough to say how much we empathize. Animals are angels- at least I believe so. God bless you, Solo. Thank you so very much for all your valiant service. Say hi to Uncle Urr up there (Mom’s service animal who just went to Rainbows Bridge).

  6. Amen, Theresa.
    That lovely tribute to Solo, Staff Sgt. Dipuma’s partner, could and should be a example to all. As I read the anonymous tribute I discovered that the unconditional love, readiness to serve, courage and dedication was shared by both partners. And in that union they were one formidable team.
    May we be inspired to take that example and apply it to our own relationship with God. Nothing but good can come from such a partnership. Staff Sgt. Dipuma can attest to that.
    Rest in peace Solo. And our thanks to you both for your service.

  7. Reblogged this on K'Cadences and commented:
    This story and picture are so moving. It is expected of us people to serve one another, although it is often forgotten. Animals in the force and service animals are inspiring to me. Their love, devotion and loyalty are all-encompassing. There’s nothing like it. No wonder we love them so very much and are bereft when they need to go. Maybe there’s a special reward for dogs like Solo, or my Mom’s service animal Urr (who went to Rainbows on April 1st). I hope so. I hope they know how incredibly special they are and how deeply they’ve touched lives. Thank you Sweet Solo for all you’ve done. Thank you Urr Minkabeh for your incredible tenacity, humor, positivity, sense of justice, courage, your knowing what to do, and above all your LOVE. We will miss you forever.

  8. The love in this picture is so tangible, I cried for Sgt Carlos Dipuna, his wonderful partner Solo and all beautiful dogs like my Monster (his name) whom I lost a few months ago and KaiCarra’s Urr amongst others. Dogs do leave a void in the human heart that has loved them. The pain is deep because the bonding is deep and their love unconditional.

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