A retired Ohio sheriff and his younger, crime-fighting, K-9 partner will be buried together after dying the same day.
Former Geauga County Sheriff Dan McClelland, 67, and Midge, 16 – a drug-sniffer Chihuahua-rat terrier mix certified by Guinness World Records in 2006 as the world’s smallest police dog – both died Wednesday .
McClay died at home, presumably due to a broken heart, when McClelland lost his battle with cancer at the hospital.
The dynamic duo were inseparable, whether they were putting callers in parades and police functions in or out of the city.
Miz was claw-politely remembered as a rock star who made everyone happy – terrier-mix terror except drug dealers.
While the top police were doing paperwork, Miz slept on a small dog bed next to his desk, making his office very popular for field trips to the school.
Sheriff Scott Hildenbrand recalled saving the team fighting crime in a golf cart at the county fair. It was a slow ride, as people drove away the herd of Petit police.
“He used to joke that people would see him in a parade in a car and say, ‘Hey, there’s Miz and WhatsISNM,” Hildenbrand told The Associated Press. “I think she was more popular than that.”
“It was like bringing Elvis Presley into the middle,” agreed retired Lt. John Hiscox.
It was McClelland, a 44-year-old veteran of the force who decided that Miz would make an unexpected, but ideal, drug-sniffing dog.
Unlike a large and aggressive can, such as the German Shepherd or Bloodhound, Miz – his litter run – can fit in tight spots under vehicles he’ll search for without tearing upholstery or leaving sloppy footprints.
The pair were guests on daytime talk shows and in magazines such as Playboy until their joint retirement – when Mig would join McClend and his wife on a cross country road trip in an RV.
“He spent 44 years protecting the people in this county and quite frankly, he loved his job, every minute,” Hildenbrand said. “I figured he would never retire.”
There is now a new lease after McClelland and Miz. They will be buried together, family members said.
With post wires