RETIREMENT PARTY — After 11 years of competing in the hunting circuit Remington hangs up his collar to head into retirement. Rusty Baker | Courtesy Photo 
RETIREMENT PARTY — After 11 years of competing in the hunting circuit Remington hangs up his collar to head into retirement. Rusty Baker | Courtesy Photo 

Saturday, July 20, one of Independence's greatest ambassadors, Remington the official Independence Fire Dog, will retire from his career as the winningest Flushing dog in history with nine different National Titles. Along with his retirement from Flushing competition, he will also retire from his position as the Independence EMS/Fire department where he played an integral part in the Fire Prevention and Safety Education Program in the community. At the age of 12, Remington and owner Rusty Baker decided it was time to say farewell and spend the rest of his days relaxing and watching the other dogs work.

The public knows Remington for his leadership skills in leading the Neewollah grand parade while sitting on the front bumper of the IFD pumper truck and doing tricks for the crowd. 

"He loved ringing the bell because he knew there was a Slim Jim snack waiting for him afterward," said Baker. Unfortunately, this coming Neeowllah in October will be his last ride in the grand parade.

"In appreciation of the outstanding community support Remington has received throughout the years, we are inviting anyone and everyone who would like to celebrate his 'Life Achievements' to be part of his Birthday/Retirement party," said Baker. 

The celebration will be from 7 to 11 p.m at the VFW Post 1186. 

There will be snacks and live music provided by Caddywhompus, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. 

Admission is free. However, Remington asks if anyone would like to make a donation to benefit AWOL Humane Society it would be appreciated. Donations are optional and NOT required to attend his retirement celebration.