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2014-01-17 at 17:06

Thunder remembered

Police service dog Thunder, who passed away early Thursday morning, was on duty in this photo posted Oct. 25, 2013 on the TBPS
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Police service dog Thunder, who passed away early Thursday morning, was on duty in this photo posted Oct. 25, 2013 on the TBPS' Facebook page.
By Jodi Lundmark, tbnewswatch.com

City police have lost one of their own.

The flags at the Balmoral Street police station were lowered to half mast Friday to honour former police service dog Thunder, who died Thursday morning.

"Due to the deterioration of his health, with the aid of his dedicated veterinarian, he passed quietly this morning with Cst. (Joe) Prevet and family at his side," said a statement on the

Thunder Bay Police Service's Facebook page.

"He will be missed!" it read.

Thunder retired from active duty in December and had been on the job since August 2005 with Prevett as his partner.

He had an exceptional career with the force with a success rate of 70 per cent. A typical success rate for police dogs is around 30 per cent.

At the time of Thunder's retirement, Prevet called him the best partner he ever had.

Thunder lived out his retirement with Prevet, who will be meeting and training a new canine partner this spring.


Thunder Bay Police Service video of Thunder's retirement announcement: 



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sickandtired says:
I just saw a piece on Thunder on "GO Thunder Bay" on Shaw Cable! He was an amazing animal! RIP, Thunder! Condolences to the officer and family! It's never easy!
1/18/2014 7:29:46 PM
RAM501 says:
We are so fortunate to have had the service and dedication of Thunder for eight years. The citizens of Thunder Bay will look forward to our next K9 Officer.
Thank you to the City and Police for supporting the K9 Unit.
1/18/2014 3:44:30 PM
tiredofbull$ says:
Rainbow Bridge
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that
pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can
run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm
and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and
vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again,
just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each
miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly
stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager
body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the
green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally
meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again.
The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the
beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet,
so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

Author unknown...
1/18/2014 1:56:07 PM
CanadaLynx says:
Being fond of animals, my heart goes out to anyone who has to put their dog down. It's such a hard thing to do - but you do it in part as a sign of loyalty, love, and duty towards the animal - a continuation of the reciprocity they've shown you over the years.

With that said - I would like to know more about Thunder's illness. What illness did he have?
1/18/2014 11:20:02 AM
canada101 says:
RIP Thunder. A job well done. Who da good doggy!
1/17/2014 11:33:44 PM
ThunderBayFullOfCrime says:
Poor Thunder. He must have already had some health issues before his retirement. He was a beautiful dog.
1/17/2014 11:21:01 PM
chbaker says:
That dog was AWESOME!

Condolences to Officer Prevet
1/17/2014 10:52:41 PM
blackbay says:
These dogs(officers) are just as dedicated as there partners and have huge rolls in policing, there amazing! May your next partner be as wonderful as Thunder.
1/17/2014 7:23:56 PM
Gord says:
RIP Thunder
1/17/2014 6:48:35 PM
westfort resident says:
Very sorry to hear about Thunder's passing. Condolences to his family and former colleagues.
1/17/2014 5:43:33 PM
gone for good says:
At the time of Thunder's retirement, Prevet called him the best partner he ever had.
Best friend as well.
That's goota hurt. Been there before. too many times.
1/17/2014 5:28:17 PM
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