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In Memory of
Bandit the Biker Dog
12/13/01 - 12/19/08
Rest In Peace My "Best" Friend
Special Tribute to Bandit that aired on KUSI news - 12-19-2008
"Thank you KUSI, you have always been wonderful to Bandit"
Actor, Musician - Mickey Jones
**You Will Be Missed, But Never Forgotten**
San Diego, CA - December 20, 2008 – For over 6 1/2 years, Bandit has been a familiar sight at fundraisers, charitable events, children’s hospitals and hospice centers. He even spent 3 days at Qualcomm Stadium entertaining children and families who were evacuated from their homes during the 2007 Wild Fires. Through it all, he never asked for anything in return except for maybe a pat on the head. Now, San Diego’s own Ambassador of Good Will has died from an aggressive and inoperable brain tumor.
Earlier this year, Bandit lost an eye to an aggressive infection. Upon his recovery, he continued to appear at numerous events including the recent Mother Goose Parade this past November in El Cajon, CA and the “Nice Guys” Christmas Party for over 700 needy and less fortunate families here San Diego. He’d been tapped to be "Celebrity Grand Marshall" at the Gaslamp’s 1st annual Holiday Pet Parade. However, he had to withdraw as the tumor relentlessly attacked Bandit.
During the past 6 months, Bandit had suffered a number of seizures. Recently, those seizures led to a bout of pneumonia. Bandit’s veterinarian, unable to pinpoint the source of the problem, has referred Bandit’s owner, Mark Shaffer, to a neurologist. The neurologist told Shaffer Bandit needed an MRI and other tests to find out the underlying causes of his abnormal, neurological behavior and seizures.
Says Shaffer, “It was horrible to have to watch Bandit going through all the pain of these seizures, and not being able to do anything about it to help him. But Bandit's fans, friends and the general public who knew Bandit, and some who did not, came forward and donated money so Shaffer could give Bandit the best medical attention he deserved. Shaffer says, "I just wanted to save his life". The generosity of all these people has not gone unnoticed, and Shaffer says "I thank each and every one of you who contributed either by sending money, thoughtful emails and letters".
It was the MRI that uncovered the aggressive tumor in Bandit’s brain. Despite the best effort by the medical staff, there was nothing they could do to stop the tumor, and on December 19, 2008, Bandit the Biker Dog was put to sleep to end his suffering.
Shaffer shares this story: "As Bandit had a lot of behavior changes recently, due to the brain cancer, one thing that I missed was when I put my face up to his, he would just lick and lick me. Well, he had not done that in weeks. But when we were in that California Veterinary Office to see the Cancer Specialist, I was sitting there, holding Bandit. He stretched out a bit, and made this sound, kind of high pitch, as if he was trying to talk; trying to tell me something. Then he turned his head in my direction and looked at me. I leaned over and he started to lick and kiss me on the face... one more time. He was telling me it was time, and he had to go. It was his way of saying goodbye, and that he loved me.”
Shaffer continued by saying, "I left the Doctor’s office in Carlsbad around noon. Instead of going back to our veterinarian, I headed home. I wanted to bring Bandit home where he could be in comfort and in his own environment. Bandit and I shared some special time together. I held him the best I could. Then I made some calls and arranged for a Veterinarian to come to my home, and lay bandit to rest. It was the hardest thing I ever had to do, but I knew that was what Bandit wanted and needed. He was not happy, not living the life of, not only "Bandit the Biker Dog", but as a dog.
The doctor showed up about 3:40 pm. We talked, she then walked me through the procedure, by explaining what she would be doing and what I could expect to see from Bandit. First she gave him a sedative. He walked around for about a minute, then laid down on the floor. Within minutes, he was asleep. I picked him up, and laid him in one of his many beds. The doctor gave me time to be alone with him. I held him, touched him and cried with him. The doctor then came back in, asked me if I was ready. I petted Bandit's head gently, and responded "Yes." She administered the lethal injection. In a matter of minutes, he had moved on to a much more peaceful and painless place... he was gone and began his journey over the 'Rainbow Bridge." It was 4:13pm. She then gave me as much more time as I wanted to be with him. I touched him, petted him gently, held him and cried some more. Telling him how much I love him and I would never forget him. I told him that I was so proud of him with all he had done, and all the joy he spread, all the laughs he gave, and all the love he shared. I told him I would miss him."
Condolence messages can be sent to Mark via his e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
"I want to take this opportunity to personally thank each and every one who were kind enough to help me cover the expenses for Bandit's medical treatments and those related to his passing. I really do appreciate that very much. I would especially like to thank "Henry" , and for getting the word out to all his friends. Because of all of your compassion and generosity, I was able to provide Bandit with the best medical care and do everything possible to save his life.
I also want to thank each and every one of you who have sent e-mails, with all your well-wishes and condolences. Each e-mail that I receive helps keep me stay strong through this very hard time. Again, thank you, each an every one of you. And, thank you for taking the time to visit Bandit's web site." --- Mark Shaffer
The artwork above is a special gift sent to Bandit from some of his friends in
Newport News, Virginia
Below is how I want Bandit to be always remembered.
News As It Occured
Photos taken of Bandit celebrating his 7th
birthday (below) at one of
his favorite coffee shops, Claire de Lune,
seen here with special friend, Lena' Lewis, after eating his birthday cake........ 6 days before Bandit's passing
Bandit the Biker Dog meets the "Law"
I want to give a very special thanks to these people, who did
everything they could to save Bandit's life, and giving
Her special interests include neuroradiology, neurosurgery and inflammatory diseases of the central nervous system.
Dr. Stevenson prides herself on her patient care, including proactive pain management and compassionate handling.
Seth Wallack, DVM
Board Certified Specialist in Veterinary Radiology
veterinary imaging center of San Diego
Dawn Ziegler, DVM, CAC
Bandit's Home Memorial
Take the journey and visit Bandit's
"complete" web site, seeing all that
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