A Happy Ending for Hawkeye

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After a picture of a loyal dog laying at the side of his deceased master went viral this week, many were left questioning the fate of Hawkeye. Including us.

That’s why we’re relieved to hear that he already has a home. A friend of Petty Officer Jon Tumilson has revealed that Hawkeye was willed to another close friend of the fallen Navy SEAL killed in the crash of a U.S. Chinook helicopter earlier this month.

Nikki Virgilio shared the news on Facebook.”I can happily report to you that Hawkeye was willed to one of J.T.’s good friends, the same one that took care of him whenever J.T. was deployed overseas,” she said.

According to the Des Moines Register, this close friend is said to be Scott Nichols, who spoke about Tumilson’s dedication and bravery at the funeral.”J.T. was going to be a Navy SEAL come hell or high water,” Nichols said. “He wasn’t afraid of dying.”


If you’re one of the few who have not heard of the incident previously, see this report from KIMT.

7 thoughts on “A Happy Ending for Hawkeye”

  1. Most dogs accept death much better than humans. One of my requests after my death is to have my two beloved dogs sniff me so they know. Too often the deceased is whisked away and four legged friends do not understand why they have been abandoned.

    • My grandfather left behind his beloved Cockerspaniel one of my Uncles took Mike to the furneral Home and let him pay his respects. After the services and everyone had gone home he took him out to the Church cemetary and let mike smell the ground. Mike laid down in the fresh dirt and disrupted the flowers and My Uncle left him there till he was ready to leave it took about an hour! For the rest of mikes life he would have a faraway look on ocasion but he lived another six years in peace! I Pray that this Wonderful Animal will have the same Peace that our Mike found after My Papa passed on!

      • My ailing father was in an extended care facility after his final major stroke. One day my mom called me to say that something was wrong with Missy, their dog. I told her that she was depressed because Daddy was not there. My mom said we had to take the dog to the vet. We did. Several tests later, the vet tells my mom that the dog is probably depressed about my father. My father passed away at my parent’s condo. My mom closed Missy in a bedroom. When the funeral home people took my dad away, I got Missy so that she could see my father leave. I’m so glad I did – for both of them.

  2. Thank you for this good news. It was the dog which wrenched my heart the most. God bless his new master.


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