Tuesday, February 23, 2010

♥Tribute honors Cesar Millan's Beloved Pit Bull, Daddy♥

Mimi's note: Of all the dogs I know who did his very best to show America the gentle side of the Pit Bull Terrier, it was Daddy. He took a misguided stereotype and proved it wrong time after time. I've lived with, and loved, dogs who have graced my life and home for as long as Daddy did with Cesar's. When they leave us we can hear the jingle of their collar tags and catch their shadow out of the corner of our eye for a long, long time. Rest in peace, Daddy - you did a darned good job.

Just the other day Cesar Millan lost Daddy, his beloved dog and right-hand "man" on the job, appearing in more than 50 episodes of "The Dog Whisperer."

Daddy, a Pit Bull who previously survived cancer, died peacefully, surrounded by his family, at 16. The dog had lived with the Millan family since he was four months old.

In Daddy's honor, the Dog Whisperer and his family have established an emergency animal rescue fund in his name.

Daddy’s Emergency Animal Rescue Fund will help dogs who are victims in large-scale disasters (hurricanes, fires, and other natural catastrophes), man-made disasters (hoarder and puppy mill rescues), and animal victims of abuse or violence.

Fans who would like to contribute to Daddy's fund can visit this site.

Also, National Geographic Channel has set up a photo gallery of Daddy pictures and video posted here.

Daniel Maltzman's painting of Daddy. (Photo Credit: © MPH-Emery/Sumner Joint Venture)
National Canine Cancer Foundation


Elizabeth said...

Aw, Daddy was such a sweet dog. We will miss watching him!! :(

Elizabeth & Luna

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

That is a pawesome post -

Thanks fur sharing -

Mom has met some furry nice pups on her transports that were all or part pibble (as our Houston pals khall 'em) -

I'm sure Daddy is making khwite a tour of The Rainbow Bridge -


MAX said...

Hi there, Mimi
A great post. Most enlightening.
Love and licks

The 'splorin' Wolfies said...

hopefully Daddy taught Ceasar that dogs do indeed need to give and recieve love---something he maintains dogs do not need...

Frankie Furter said...

I love Ceasar and Daddy, butt have always had one ISSUE with C.. Which the 'splorin' wolfies just addressed perfectly!!! LOVE LOVE and MORE LOVE

Sierra Rose said...

Daddy was a sweetie! Heavy hearts remain in his absence. Rest in peace my friend.

Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose

Sam said...

Like the splorin Wolfies said, I hope that maybe Daddy helped change Cesar's ideas about how to train a dog.

I'm no fan of Cesar, but I did really like Daddy. And, despite our differences when it comes to methods, I am sure the heartache when you lose a friend is the same.

Teddy Bear said...

What a lovely tribute. We will be praying for the Milan family.

Teddy Bear

Inigo Flufflebum and d'Artagnan Rumblepurr said...

RIP little woofie.

Twinkietinydog said...

Great post and links. Thank you for spreading awareness...

Wrigley said...

Daddy was my favorite when watching Cesar! Sad sad news - thanks for posting the link for the fund.


Ms. ~K said...

My heart aches for the Millan family, as I too understand their loss!
One of the sweetest dogs I've ever known was a Pit Bull named Sadie!Daddy will be missed!

Canine Crusader said...

Hey Guys! We've visited, but not enough! Moms has more work lately so she hasn't blogged much. She was one of the first to post about Daddy on facebook - out of the people she knows. Mom cried when she heard, she couldn't hardly talk, and when she tried to tell Dad she started crying again! Mom says when you watch as much Dog Whisper as she has, she felt like she lost Daddy too. We're sure a lot of fans felt the same way. Daddy will be forever in our hearts. It was hard letting him go, but he had a wonderful life and taught dog lovers so much about his breed and just being the epitomy of a good dog. Hope you guys are warm and well tonight. (Hugs) The Gang@ Dog Blog For Five Dogs

Sam said...

I received the e-mail about Daddy over the weekend. I've watched Cesar for so long and have always admired Daddy - this is an incredible loss! Daddy was an excellent canine ambassador for Pit Bulls!


Dory and the Mama said...

Thank you so much for passing this along...Our thoughts are with Cesar and his family during this rough time.

Dory and the Mama

The OP Pack said...

So sad to have another loss in the dog world. The trainer we used for Thunder had a beautiful white pitbull Sugar whom she used for demonstration. What an impressive dog she was! Our thoughts are with Cesar at this time.

Woos, Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

^..^Corgidogmama said...

Such a beautiful post Mimi...
We love them til they go.
And remember them forever.

The Bumpass Hounds said...

Daddy was indeed the proof to break a stereotype breed attribute. You can't judge a book by it's cover. We're sure that Daddy will be sorely missed. He lived a ripe 16 years as a well loved companion and co-worker.

Ben said...

We too were heartbroken to hear of Daddy's passing. He was a true gentleman among dogs and a most excellent ambassador for us canines.
Plus Momma is a pitty lover at heart - her first dog as an adult was a german shep, pit cross - Ms. Bailey.