Cesar Millan, the Dog Whisperer, has lost his best friend.
Daddy, his pit bull and constant companion on the National Geographic Channnel show “The Dog Whisperer,” died peacefully on Friday (Feb. 19) at the age of 16.
“In Memoriam: Daddy the Pit Bull” Millan posted on Twitter the next day, linking to his official website, which includes pictures of Daddy and a statement about his death.
“He lived each day of those sixteen years happy and fulfilled as
Cesar’s right-hand-‘man,’ helping to shape the behavior of entire
generations of dogs by showing them the way to balance,” reads the
post. “He stood as champion for calm-submissive pit bulls everywhere,
and was instrumental in helping to repair their image as violent,
savage, uncontrollable beasts. He successfully battled cancer and
weathered chemotherapy, and even got the opportunity to present at the
56th Annual Creative Arts Emmy Awards!”
Daddy, who was once owned by the rapper Redmond but was given over to
Millan at four months old, was seen as an ambassador for pit bulls and
often helped Millan rehabilitate other problem dogs on the popular
Millan adds: “And, of course, he lives on in his work, reflected in the
balance and calm-submission of his protégé Junior, the countless
animals to whom he was a positive role model, and in the hearts and
minds of everyone who knew him as a calm, sweet, and mellow example of
a widely misunderstood breed.”
On Saturday (Feb. 20) Millan also posted to his Twitter: “Thank you for
your messages of condolence. They mean so much to my family and me
during this time.”
Check out a video that National Geographic Channel once made featuring Daddy.
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Photo credit: National Geographic Channel