Titus, spokesdog for Canines for Service, dies

Titus, spokesdog for Canines for Service, dies
Titus traveled to the White House when the organization was honored there. (Source: WECT)
Titus traveled to the White House when the organization was honored there. (Source: WECT)
Rick Hairston and Titus at the White House as Dr. Jill Biden addresses the crowd. (Source: WECT)
Rick Hairston and Titus at the White House as Dr. Jill Biden addresses the crowd. (Source: WECT)

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - He traveled to the White House, met the First Lady, visited the Pentagon and had a title that few get: spokesdog.

Canines for Service, a Wilmington-based charity, is mourning the death of Titus, a highly-skilled assistance dog who touched many lives. Canines for Service trains and provides service dogs to those who need them.

According to a post from Canines for Service co-founder, Rick Hairston, Titus died from gastrointestinal lymphoma.

Titus had been with Canines for Service for more than six years, where he served as a spokesdog.

"It is with a very sad heart, that we have let Titus go to the Rainbow Bridge," Hairston wrote on Facebook. "We have done everything we could to manage his pain due to the gastrointestinal lymphoma, unfortunately we were no longer able to make him comfortable. Titus, job well done, good and faithful servant. We will see you again."

Titus was saved from Horry County Animal Service in Myrtle Beach, SC the day before he was to be euthanized. He became an important part of Canines for Service, traveling extensively, helping clients working with their new service dogs, representing the group at events across the country and modeling for the Canines for Veterans line of products with Harry Barker, Inc.

In 2012, Titus joined Hairston at the White House when the group was honored by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, the vice president's wife. The organization was being recognized for providing service dogs to disabled veterans.

This weekend, Canines for Service will hold their first event without Titus.

The Canines for Service Walk and Dog Dash will take place Saturday, April 2 at Hugh MacRae Park (Shelter #5) at 10 a.m.

The event will also include raffles, a photo booth, activities, vendors and lunch from Mission BBQ.

Admission is $25. Those who are interested can register online here.

For more information on the event you can visit the Canines for Service website or contact Christy Borst at 910-362-8181.

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