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Airline Takes Dying Service Dog On Her Last Flight Home

Dallas, TX – This month, Southwest Airlines transported a dying service dog on her final trip home. The touching announcement by the Southwest Airlines pilot was uploaded to Instagram. The accompanying post explains the solemn occasion for the German shepherd, Kaya, and her owner, Cole T. Lyle, a Marine Corps veteran.

We were honored to fly our loyal friend and hero, @kayalyle , home to rest after a lifetime of hard work. Throughout her career, Kaya flew with us over 250 times to help establish the PAWS Act which united Veterans with service dogs. We are so grateful to be a part of her legacy, and we thank her and owner @ctlyle for their many years of service. ❤️

Kaya had been diagnosed with terminal cancer and was making her final trek home.

Kaya was loaded onto a cart to depart the plane and when she entered the terminal, everyone broke into applause.

On February 4, her heartbroken owner Tweeted:

Rest in Peace, Kaya. Cheers to a life well-lived and loved.

Miss you already, babygirl. My heart is broken and I’m numb without you. But it’s gladdened because you’re no longer in pain. Thank you for epitomizing “Semper Fidelis.”

Rest easy Kaya.


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  1. I’m so sorry for your loss, Cole. I can imagine how you feel. But I’m happy that Kaya comforted you and improved your quality of life. Our fur family members are special people. Cheers to Kaya for a life well lived!
    Sending nothing but positive energy and well wishes your way,



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