Police dog and his owner can finally retire together

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"Hold on a minute, see what happens." For retired SFPD Officer, Val Kirwin, the retirement he planned should have never gone like this. Final moments, the waiting -- it felt not like heaven, but something from a nightmare dream. (KGO-TV)

As he paced back and forth inside offices of the San Francisco Police Officers Association, retired SFPD officer Val Kirwan knew than the beginning of his golden years should never have gone like this.

His waiting felt not like heaven but something from a bad dream.

"The last couple of days...unknown," said Kirwan.

Kirwan's story went viral after a planned double retirement with Baro, his partner and explosive-sniffing dog, went awry. Paperwork never went through. Until it did, Baro belonged to the TSA.

Instead of taking Baro home on the day of retirement, Kirwan had to surrender him. Both he and the dog were lost and confused by this turn of events. "As far as Baro is concerned, he doesn't know who he belongs to. I feed him. I walk him..."

The problem was traced back to one omitted signature in San Francisco.

Once that was taken care of, retirement could finally begin for both man and dog.

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