Michael later became Bessler’s service animal after the two were discharged and helped Bessler deal with injuries from his military service.
Bessler spoke of the dog during the ceremony as his “brother, protector, co-pilot and best friend,” the Powell Tribune reported.
Bessler said the dog was loyal, heroic, intelligent, personable, brave, resilient and dedicated.
Michael was shot by the bicyclist on Oct. 10 on a country road near Bessler’s rural home.
The bicyclist said he felt bad that Michael had died but insisted he had acted in self-defense after Michael got out of his fenced yard and attacked him.
The Park County Sheriff’s Office concluded the facts supported the cyclist’s account.