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Dog's final mission brings tears, including ours Published: March 13, 2014

Machiko (also called Mishi), a member of the Massachusetts Canine Rescue Team, was recently diagnosed with an aggressive form of bone cancer, WCVB reports.

Handlers made the difficult decision to put the 5-year-old black Labrador to sleep. But before they did, they conducted one last search mission with her inside Hopkinton State Park on Tuesday night. The search wasn't real — a member of the team pretended to be in need of rescue — but Mishi, only able to run on three legs due to the cancer, participated with incredible gusto, according to Yahoo Screen.

Footage of the ceremonial search was about as emotional as it gets. Mishi's handler Russ Doucette told WCVB, "She's my partner, she's my friend, and she's a family member."

H/T: Yahoo
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