ROSEBURG, OR - Travis Dow's fiancé was among the nine-victims killed in the shooting at an Oregon college. But her beloved dog survived and is now back with Dow. The "best friends" are trying to help each other cope with their loss.
Bullet belonged to Sarena Moore and lay docile by her side when she took her last breath.
Moore's fiance, Travis Dow, said, "He knows that she ain't coming home cause he was there when the fatal day happened."
That fatal day, nine people were gunned down inside Umpqua Community College. Bullet was there. Right next to Moore who was in a wheelchair, when the gunman showed no mercy and shot her as she tried to obey his orders.
A day after the massacre, deputies brought Bullet home to Dow.
"He's been acting really droopy. He goes to her door and lays down. Cause he's used to going in the room and sleeping in the room at night."
The couple had gotten Bullet about 7 months ago. Named by the previous owner, they had no idea a bullet would end Moore’s life.
"He was her world. He was not only her dog, her best friend…besides me."
When asked who trained Bullet to be a service dog, Dow said, "She did. She did herself."
Even with excruciating back pain that forced her into a wheelchair, Moore trained her buddy. She took him everywhere, she loved him.
"It felt good to know he was still alive. He survived…because it's a piece of her. Bullet became a piece of Sarena. I was happy to get him back. I was ecstatic."
Dow says his fiancé believed in the power of animals to heal. Moore was going to the college to get a business degree. Her dream to open a ranch that offered horses for therapy.
Now the dog she trained is offering that same comfort to the family she was forced to leave behind.