Pet Memorial Tattoos
Army veteran Sgt. Dave Heyhoe, whose bomb detection dog, Treo, passed away last autumn is the latest pet owner to have their beloved animal immortalized with a tattoo in their honour.
The Daily Mail reported that Sgt. Dave Heyhoe, 46, was the handler of Treo, a black Labrador who became known as one of the bravest dogs to serve in the British military. Heyhoe worked with Treo while he was serving in Afghanistan. After they both retired from the military, Treo went to live with Heyhoe permanently.
Treo passed away at the age of 14 in October. The former serviceman and his family – wife Rachel, 42, and their three children Ellie-Anne, four, Thomas, 12, and Oliver, 10 – were left devastated by the death of their beloved pet so Heyhoe decided to get a special tattoo — the tattoo artist sprinkled Treo’s ashes into the ink and drew a paw print and a poem.
“The tattoo completes me,” Heyhoe said in Daily Mail. “People might think it’s strange, but Treo was like a son to me. Over the years we have seen gunfire, death and bomb scares together – I’ve been lost without him. Now it feels like Treo is by my side – where he’s supposed to be.”