At the funeral, his family sat, grieving just a few yards away from the flag draped casket. One family member needed to be closer.
Jon's loyal Labrador Retriever, named Hawkeye, left the side of mourning family members to lay beside the casket of his hero and best friend.
The photo was taken in a small town in Iowa named Rockford, which is nestled in Floyd County, Iowa.
While Hawkeye has earned the privilege of leading the University of Iowa Hawkeye's onto the turf covered field during a football game, we must remember the hundreds of dogs within Floyd county, and the thousands in Iowa, and millions of dogs nationwide, who have never stepped foot onto grass or felt the wind blow.
Perhaps Floyd County and Iowa will open their eyes to the honor of being a dog thanks to the world's appreciation of Hawkeye's actions. But it is more likely the horrific lives of the commercial breeding dogs will continue to be hidden and government approved.
I suspect that if Hawkeye could speak, he would voice his opinion loudly.
Our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Jon Tumilson.
There are two heroes of which you should be proud.
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