‘The Dog Whisperer’s Favorite Dog Dies

by | February 22, 2010 at 10:49 AM | TV News

'Dog Whisperer' Cesar Millan and Daddy the Pit Bull (National Geographic Channel)

'Dog Whisperer' Cesar Millan and Daddy the Pit Bull (National Geographic Channel)

The dog man has lost his best friend.

The Dog Whisperer‘ Cesar Millan announced that his pit bull, Daddy, has gone to doggie heaven.

Cesar’s favorite pooch died peacefully on Friday, Feb. 19, after battling cancer. He was 16 years old.

Well-known to ‘Whisperer’ fans–Daddy’s cancer treatments were featured on the hit Nat. Geo. show–the gentle pit bull was a “constant companion, longtime friend and partner in canine rehabilitation” to his master Cesar.

Milan posted a touching tribute, ‘In Memoriam to Daddy the Pit Bull,’ here on his ‘Cesar’s Way’ Web site. Part of it reads:

“He lived each day of those sixteen years happy and fulfilled as Cesar’s right-hand-’man,’ helping to shape the behavior of entire generations of dogs by showing them the way to balance. He stood as champion for calm-submissive pit bulls everywhere, and was instrumental in helping to repair their image as violent, savage, uncontrollable beasts. He successfully battled cancer and weathered chemotherapy, and even got the opportunity to present at the 56th Annual Creative Arts Emmy Awards!”

Over the weekend, Millan Tweeted his thanks to fans for their support.

“Thank you for your messages of condolence. They mean so much to me and my family during this time.”

‘Who’s Your Daddy?’ Watch Daddy Steal the Spotlight from His Master: