The Boston Pink Sox group is mourning the lack of a beloved, four-legged member of its household.
Drago was the well-known service canine for Fenway Park’s senior director of grounds, Dave Mellor. The German Shepherd died from a stroke at age 10, Mellor introduced on Instagram Friday.
“Drago was having fun with sunshine, Fenway & his time with me till the final moments earlier than his stroke,” Mellor shared in a heartfelt put up, writing he was devastated to announce the passing of his finest buddy, service canine and companion. “Drago lived ten lovely, impactful years. He introduced pleasure, consolation, & love to every day & particular person he met.”
Drago was a “true staple of Fenway Park & a beloved member of the Pink Sox,” the group mentioned on social media Friday.
“For those who’ve been to the ballpark through the years, you’ll have seen or met the most effective buddy & companion of Dave Mellor, our senior director of grounds,” the Pink Sox wrote on Twitter. “You’ll be missed, Drago. 🐾 ❤️”
The Pink Sox additionally honored Drago throughout Friday night time’s pregame ceremony, displaying photos of him on Fenway’s jumbotron.
Drago was a real staple of Fenway Park & a beloved member of the Pink Sox.
For those who’ve been to the ballpark through the years, you’ll have seen or met the most effective buddy & companion of Dave Mellor, our senior director of grounds.
You’ll be missed, Drago. 🐾 ❤️ pic.twitter.com/Aug7p0Z4nC
— Pink Sox (@RedSox) June 17, 2022
“Drago impressed me & touched so many different lives. We have now a magical connection that I didn’t know was potential,” Mellor added. “I’ll miss him dearly as my coronary heart is damaged. He saved my life. He means extra to me than I can say.”
Mellor was recognized with post-traumatic stress dysfunction in 2010, following two automobile accidents that had taken a critical toll on his psychological well being. Talking with NBC10 Boston in a July 2019 interview, Mellor revealed extra about what led as much as his buying a service animal.
He was first hit by a automobile outdoors of his hometown McDonald’s one month after he graduated from highschool. Then years later, in 1995, whereas he was working for the Milwaukee Brewers, Mellor was in a second automobile accident.
A brand new e-book particulars the lifetime of the Pink Sox’ groundskeeper and his buddy, Drago.
Whereas he had recovered bodily from each, Mellor mentioned he had horrific nightmares for 29 years and flashbacks throughout the day that could possibly be triggered by revving engines, squealing tires, the scent of automobile exhaust, and even the scent of McDonald’s French fries.
After his PTSD prognosis, Mellor entered counseling and finally obtained Drago, who went in every single place with him.
“Drago & I grew to become a bonded crew that allowed me to entry the world & stay my life extra absolutely than I had been in a position to in many years,” Mellor wrote on Instagram Friday.
To honor Drago’s reminiscence, Mellor inspired individuals to present further love and a spotlight to their canines, or to make donations to the MSPCA Angell Medical Middle or the Residence Base Program at Massachusetts Basic Hospital.
Mellor additionally inspired individuals to look at the ESPN Sports activities Middle function “Dave and Drago” — an award-winning documentary that was created to convey consciousness to service canines.
For his subsequent service canine, Mellor is conserving it within the household. Drago’s son, Keeper, will take over the function as soon as he completes his coaching.