As he died from inoperable liver cancer, Andor mostly stayed in his crate, too weak to move much on his own.
His Wichita Police Department K-9 handler, Jess Hancock, would carry him outside to use the bathroom. In his last days, he was unable to eat and was hooked up to a feeding tube.
But whenever Andor saw Hancock in his police uniform, he would get out of his crate and stand.
"It was like he was saying 'OK, Dad, I don't feel good but I'm ready to go,' " Hancock said Monday, when the Kansas Veterinary Medical Association honored Andor posthumously as Service Animal of the Year. Andor worked searching out drugs and evidence and protecting Hancock.
The Belgian Malinois was 9 years old when he died two days after Christmas. He had lived at home with Hancock and his wife and three children.
Andor had put in five years with the Kansas Highway Patrol before his transfer to Wichita police.
During his two years with Hancock, Andor helped seize about 54 pounds of cocaine, about 20 pounds of methamphetamine, about 18 pounds of marijuana and 2 1/2 grams of heroin.
He helped Hancock arrest 143 people, including someone who was on the FBI's Top 10 list of drug fugitives, and confiscate $25,000 in drug money.
"Andor was a close companion and a loyal partner, providing invaluable assistance and protection to Officer Hancock in their duty to protect the public both in Wichita and across the state of Kansas," a nomination letter read.
Wichita veterinarian Garry Cowan nominated Andor for the award.
Cowan received his own honor on Monday too. The association named him Veterinarian of the Year.
Andor died quickly, Hancock said.
Every year, drug dogs have to go through certification.
"We certified Wednesday, December 15th," Hancock recalled. "It was a 14-hour-long day. Out of nine or 10 dogs, he was number 2 or 3 dog of the day. By Thursday the next day, he didn't eat his dinner. By Saturday, he couldn't even stand up. It just swept in and took him. He had a tough last 10 days."
Cowan donated his services to Andor over the years, Hancock said. He once performed a 3 1/2-hour surgery on Andor when Andor's stomach flipped like the dog in the movie "Marley & Me."
"He put him back on the streets," Hancock said of Cowan, who practices at East Douglas Veterinary Clinic.
Hancock now has a new drug dog, a 17-month-old Belgian Malinois named Sarge. Belgian Malinois have high energy, like Jack Russell terriers but bigger, Hancock said. Sarge goes for certification today and recently completed 13 weeks of K-9 basic school.
Hancock said he jokes with school groups that he likes working with dogs because "I get to pick where we eat. I get to pick where we take a break, and they don't talk back to me."
Hancock said he had a hard time getting through accepting Andor's award Monday in Manhattan.
"Every time during that last week when I was uniform and I'd walk by him, he'd stand up. It still chokes me up," Hancock said.