I'm not tootin' my horn here. All I'm saying is that the dream of working in K9 is worth it. Those that want to get in, never stop reaching for it. This site is spectacular.
I'm not tootin' my horn here. All I'm saying is that the dream of working in K9 is worth it. Those that want to get in, never stop reaching for it. This site is spectacular.
You all deserve a standing ovation.
I'd been here before and thought it looked great! Keep up the hard work!
The site is wonderful! It stirred up so many memories for me!
I am amazed about this website with all the information, old and new.
Thanks to whoever is up keeping this website, and all who are adding..
Greetings Mr. Cortina,
This email is most likely way overdue but I find the timing more than coincidental. My daughter was internet surfing 2 nights ago and proudly showed me a K9 Memorial Card you created of my former partner, and best friend, Rocky. I was unaware that it existed and I owe you a hearty thank you.
The coincidental part of the memorial card is that K9 Rocky: A Cop Without A Badge just published in paperback in August while the ebook was just days ago. It took me 8 years of tinkering with the words of the 300+ page book to hope I justified not only his very successful police K9 career, but also how he lived life. I am the blessed common man who was partnered with greatness and writing his story was therapy for my heartbreak when I lost him.
To honor him properly, I created a website, http://www.k9rocky.com to try to get his story out into the hands of every day people because Rocky is worth getting to know. In addition to the website, the book/ebook is listed on Amazon and I am humbled with many positive book reviews.
Beings that your efforts with the memorial cards show your dedication to police working dogs, is there any way I can ask for a quick link or something similar that you can share with your membership? If needed, feel free to use any images from the website.
Thank you for any consideration.
There is nothing quite like love,.from a personal aspect i have found that over the years my dogs have got more sense than people. Kelsie ,Benny,,Brin, Sam ,dont slander they r superior, i want to be like them,
What a treat to look back and see the dream that started so long ago and still going on.
There is nothing quite like love ,my 3 dogs are in warsop wood ,me and them knew what love is .born leaders.at rest.
Rest In The Best Place In Heaven, Lyka! You kept my son safe for 10 beautiful years. You will never be forgotten! I have always prayed for my son and his partner.
I was the one who told him a Female is the Best dog to have and you were his! Thank you Lyka! From a grateful mother of your human partner. Say hello to my dogs Pandora and Ursula. They're looking forward to welcoming you. See you on the Rainbow Bridge!
I just wanted to take the time to thank you, Jim Cortina, CPWDA and all the members that reached out to me last month when I lost my partner Bruno. The support was overwhelming and helped me get though that tough time.
I also wanted to let you know The Connecticut Interlocal Risk Management Agency (CIRMA) covered Bruno's emergency vet bills and most of his replacement cost. I know most of the CT senior handlers are aware of this coverage but just wanted to make sure the newer guys knew about it. This is a copy of CIRMA’s coverage language.
“K-9 Coverage. CIRMA's Police Dog Coverage ensures the ongoing operation of the unit and public safety by providing replacement coverage of up to $10,000, including training costs when a dog is killed or must be retired because of injuries sustained while engaged in law enforcement duties.
Police Dog coverage also includes benefits for emergency veterinary care of up to $2,500 per covered injury, helping to protect your budget and assuring that a wounded K-9 gets the veterinary care he needs. For more information contact your CIRMA Underwriter”.
Thanks again for all the support,
Sgt. Jeffrey Osuch #106
Brookfield Police Department
63 Silvermine Road Brookfield, CT 06804
Mr. Cortina, I would like to thank you for this site, and for all the hard work you put into it, I use it on a regular basis.
Believe it or not there isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about Danny. As roommates in the military we always talked about what we would do when we got out and how we would live life. Ironically 2 months to the day of his death in started my career in law enforcement. I was lucky, I got to retire and enjoy the ride. As a administrator who ran police academies after retirement, I would pull Danny's story and show it to my classes. More than once I would choke up and cry, just like it happened yesterday. I know there is a heaven and I know Dan is there. If I'm lucky enough to make it there when it's my time I want to give you a big hug bro and tip some beers. Love ya man and rest assured you are not forgotten.
K-9 officers are absolutely awesome! I've seen demonstrations In Ledyard and N. Scituate, RI that were amazing. These dogs are smarter than the average human! I thank both the officers and the dogs for protecting us and putting their own lives in jeopardy 24/7.
I think All K9 officers are precious. The are faithful til the end. I thank God for these beautiful officers. May God keep them and their handlers safe as they protect us.
I enjoyed looking back at my career as a K9 officer. I also can't say enough good things about the experience. It is amazing. For the new officer’s getting into this department I’m sure when you retire you will have the same thoughts.
Some of the canine officers from long time ago who were friends and didn’t make it home I have fond memories of back then and continue to make me smile. Friends, Good memories, Thank you.
I also shared your poem on fb.... On a page that told the loss of an officers K9 partner. The poem is beautiful and I thought it was very fitting. I have always referred to police, as the guardians of the night..... As well as the K9 officers. ... I hope you don't mind. ... Thank you. ..
I shared your poem for the military/police dog on Facebook. My dad was LEO for over 40 years and never had a canine partner but we always had Malamutes and Shepherds and working dogs. I just lost my 13 yr old Dane-Lab last week. Thank you for your recognition of K9s and sharing it with the public.
I was touched and honored to see this site.
It is an interesting web site, thank you for your job! Keep it up! Best wishes.
I would like to applaud you on your fine website, and was very enjoyable. I would like to compliment all. Could you please pass that along to them?
Just wanted to drop a note to you all. I'm so proud to see the tradition being carried on. I think many of us can identify with the fact that when you're so involved for so many years leaving is scary because you think "who is going to step up?"
WOW! That's all I have to say. It's been a good 30 years since I was a canine handler I see that canine has come along way since then. This website has blown the dust off of so many great memories during my years with my dog! Thank you so much!!! Great site by the way. It looks very professional!
the bluebells are out let us remember all animals that lost their lives in the call of duty and also those we have loved and lost.x
Hi K9 officer’s young and old, past and present.
What a delight to find this site!
This organization is widely known and "professionally" respected.
My thoughts and prayers go to all the handlers as well as their families. Everyone is impacted by the loss of an officer weather it be K-9 or not. I've been a cop for 20 years and still get choked up when i hear about a brother/sister in blue. God speed
until one has loved an animal a part of ones soul remains unawakeded love to the cpwda .it can touch the hearts the hearts of men because people haven't got what they have got,. they are everything man isn't .they know what love is and so do I xjasper to be remembered. my two loved him as well as mexxx
ebb and blu wish it to be known that it is cuckney haywood where our dogs are buried.we did and still do make a great team
My 3 dogs are buried in warsop wood not forgetting our brin cockney haywood we will be soon saying our last goodbyes me and my dogs made a great team
Nice to see that K9 is going strong and is very much needed!
Thanks for bringing back the memories!
Your web site brought back many wonderful memories! Thank you for including past handlers that paid the ultimate sacrifice.
I was so shocked the first time I had to catch a dog …… I almost crapped my pants...well I might be exaggerating but you guys all get the point.
Hey, Guys! Just wanted to drop a note to say the web site looks great! I had a blast checking out all the pictures. Nicely done! Keep up the good work!
Hey all you fellow handlers. It's been GREAT reading everyone's comments about the years they had in canine. I remember so many fun times & miss it so much. Like the times at the coffee shop when there were slow nights.
My son sent Guardians of the Night after we lost our beloved K9 unit. I still, after 10 years this June, cry when I read this. It had also helped with the hurt of losing Kaliber.
I stumbled across this website and thought I'd say hello to all canine officer’s out there. I too have fond memories of the short time I was involved back in the early 70's. I was fortunate to have a great mentor and I miss him very much, as I do all of the friends I had during my years with the K9 unit. Friendships are lasting, even in the absence of contact. Good luck to all of you who are lucky enough to be involved in this field.
I was one of the original K9 officers in my department. Those were fun days! I remember hitting the streets asking local businesses to support something that really didn't exist yet and then struggled to keep it going. We really worked hard to keep it together, and had a great time doing it! I'm so glad to see that many departments support the group and carrying on the tradition.
The work you do is awesome and commendable. As the daughter of a retired/deceased K9 Officer in St. Louis, I know how precious all the K9's are, not only to their 2 legged partners, but also to the Police Agency that they work in and for. K9's provide that extra protection and we as citizens respect that and am honored to have them.
Losing even one, is horific, as it is with the men and women in Blue who Serve and Protect All of Us and the Military who Serve and Protect us and our country.
Please be safe and Thank you again for all you do.
With Peace and Blessings,
I would like to congratulate for your professionalism and dedication!
To all my K9-colleagues, have a great and safe 2016!
Specialist trainer K9-teams
Breeder "Kibo's"-kennel ( xdutchshepherds for police)
I enjoyed this site well structured.
Officer in Charge
Royal Bahamas Police Dog Section
I was absolutely floored the first time I read this poem.
I spent 28.5 years in Law Enforcement & was the "Unofficial" Photographer of our County K9 Team. All the dogs knew me, and I could be right in their path to the 'bad guy' - getting great shots coming towards me, then a 180 to capture the 'bite'. I could also be inside buildings/rooms & all the dogs would ignore how close I was to them as they did their building searches and finding/holding the 'bad guy'.
Sure wish I knew who the Author of this poem is and when it was written...
I am delighted you are such a dedicated group with such an important mission.
Thank you for your great work and useful information on your site! We like photos of your dogs!
Our company produces high-quality professional dog equipment. We have special discounts for kennels, dog schools and trainers! We would be glad to offer you a partnership and will wait for your reply.
There's a whole lot of nostalgia around K9 circles - really good memories.
Best wishes and love to the c.p.w.d.a from Ann Ebho and Blue.
This poem is intended for police and military working dogs. It is, however, indicative of all dogs. My Giant Schnauzer always has my back, and I his! Great work!
Thank you that is a very true and beautiful poem made me tear up.
Hi Guys, I visited your site today to have a look at your stretching exercises for dogs. I found this quite useful as we are currently in the middle of winter and with participating in our Agility Trials this will certainly help to keep my Australian Koolie, Rubie at her best. Thanks
Myself and the kids at our summer program wanted to send a thank you.
As a kick off to our summer program we had a summer safety day in which we had firemen, police, and other people talking to the kids. Lots of the kids were really excited to meet a police dog and that prompted us to learn more about them. Your page, http://cpwda.com/k9_links_equi… , was fantastic in helping us find inforamtion.
They really enjoyed the information on the page in addition to yours. I thought you might be interested in including the page with your resources. I know the kids would be absolutely thrilled to know they helped others find good information.
Greetings. First of all, love you website ! I am a former DOD U. S. Army Military Police K9/MWD handler. Is it possible to purchase the US Army Military Police K9 patch, titled "Army 2"? Please advise.
in memory of sam brin benny and kelsie born leaders sent by god at rest
I have been to your site quite a few times over the years when I hear of K9's passing in the news. I appreciate what you are doing, it is a great tribute to our four-legged family members. We were a 2 dog household for many years as well, and our female Malinois (non-work dog) is almost 12 now our only remaining dog. My hat is off to you!
Very strong memories. My very best to you all.
My name is Stephen Johnson, and I work for IRIS- Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services. We are a local refugee resettlement agency in New Haven. As the Early Employment Specialist, my role is to assist newly arrived refugees in their job search process.
We work with many Afghan and Iraqi men who contracted with US Military personnel in their respective countries. Due to their loyalty to the US Military, their families are often targeted by terrorist and other militant groups. The US Government has committed to helping some of these families start their lives over in the United States.
I am currently working with one such Afghan man who was a Canine Trainer and Handler. He understands that he may need to accept any type of job to support his family, but I would like to help him get connected as much as I can.
Would someone at CPWDA be willing to chat with me about any potential job opportunities for this young man? I know very little about your profession and any insights would be very much appreciated. His resume is attached if you'd like to see it.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Stephen D Johnson | Early Employment Specialist
IRIS- Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services
235 Nicoll Street, 2nd Floor | New Haven, CT
Your site is amazing please don't find a new passion. I look at it all the time, it's very sad but I love reading about all the K9s that are out there and how they gave it their all for what they loved. Your site is a blessing.
Fayette County Search & Rescue Team
I’m a reporter with NBC CT working on a story about fallen Milford police officer Danny Wasson. May I have permission to use some of the wonderful photos on your website? I’m interviewing Chief Mello and Danny’s brother today and the story will air tonight. Thank you!
Traffic & General Assignment Reporter
Appreciate your maintaining compilation of police, service, military dog memorials. You are my go to site
We are both former Ohio State Troopers and DOG LOVERS!!We own 4 beautiful Golden Retrievers. During our career in law enforcement we both were privileged to have worked with our canine partners. Many have saved our lives as well as provided back up, bravery, courage, loyalty, and love. Stay strong brother and sister law family!!Dogs are Gods greatest creation!!!!!!!!!!!
Hello, my name is Sgt. Brian Salkeld, of the Charleston Police Department and I happened to be online and found your K9 memorial page. I was online looking around for Winslow with his one year since passing and his approaching birthday and came across this memorial page and wanted to say thank you for posting his passing on your website. Not sure when it was posted, but it was nice seeing it and so appreciated. He is still very much missed by me and my family.
Sgt. Brian Salkeld
Charleston Police Department
Looking through your picture section of the website, I instantly recognized a canine team that I trained with at the Suffolk County PD Canine grounds at Yaphank , Suffolk County, New York. P.O. Andy Niederdorfer and his canine partner, Laser. We would often train outside agencies canine teams along with our own canine teams. We could trade ideas with other departments and fine tune our training to adapt to most every situation that we could come across on the street. Inter-Department co-operation was always welcome during training sessions. We hoped that our training methods and accomplishments would help us and our outside canine team partners handle most events that we come across in real life situations. It was a great learning expierience for me and my two canine partners during the last fourteen years with the Suffolk County Police ( 36 years total).
Andy and Laser were a great team to work with and I am sure the people of West Hartford CT benefited from their time "on the street". The last I heard about Andy was that he might have made Sergeant with Hartford PD. They were great times.
Suffolk County Police Dept.
Found your website by accident. I found a few K-9 patches that I was looking for and verified some K-9 patches that I had collected over the years. I am a retired K-9 officer (14 yrs in the unit) 36yrs in thye Suffolk County Police Dept,Suffolf County New York. Retired for 12 years and I miss it sometimes. I visit our K-9 training grounds often to see the guys and gals. You have done an awsome job on the website, keep up the good work.
Great Organization, I am a CCSAR member in Operations and Logistics specializeing in Communications
Have a new thermal imaging/video cam system for the K9 team, need to get some T&E done on it ASAP. Would appreciate a chat with you to learn more about your organization, and see if we can get something going...
I am trying to find an K-9 organization or training center in connecticut that needs volunteers and I am not having any luck. I have a fond and great love for GSD's and I can't have them in my development so I wanted to help and be a part of their amazing lives. If you can, guide me in a direction where I can be a part of helping them, thank you.
Hello, my husband and I own a grooming salon, Ruff Cutz which is located in Fairfield, CT. We shall be discounting our service prices for all police working and retired k9's. We will also discount all law enforcement officials personal dogs. Credentials will be checked for confirmation. Please pass this along. Thank you very much.
Hello Mr. Cortina,
I am a frequent visitor to the pet memorial card website so I can send cards to the handlers who have lost K-9's. I know you contributed much of the information.
I just wanted to send you a quick note to thank you for publishing this page. Each and every K9 listed is a hero and deserves to be honored. I use the information you post on this page to send a condolence card to each and every US based handler that has lost the best partner they could ever have.
I also wanted to ask if you kept a different list based on dates of death rather than alphabetically by location. If you did keep such a list, I would greatly appreciate it if you could pass it along from time to time as its much easier to keep track of the deaths as, unfortunately, the list grows larger and larger.
Once again, thank you very much for spending the time to honor each of these K9s.
K9 Technical Advisor
US War Dog Association - Chapter 1
Great web site!! I was a K9 Handler for 25 of my 30 years in law enforcement. Now I'm in search and rescue with a trailing dog. All I can say is "Once a dog handler, always a dog handler". Keep up the good work.
Was a K9 officer at one time and had the best years of my life. Count this old guy in.
I know the police departments have a long standing relationship with the German Shepard. For good reason, they are intelligent, reliable and highly trainable dogs. As the proud owner of a Bullmastiff I wonder if you have ever considered the breed. They are a well muscled strong yet fast breed that will not bite on command like the Shepard. They have been bred since the 1800 to catch and circle a man or hold him down. They keep a person "corralled". If dog bites becomes an cost to police departments I ask you to consider this intelligent, trainable, "intimidating in appearance" breed.
There are many ways to catch a suspect without a potential lawsuit from overzealous attorneys.
My dog & I are part of the Navajo County Search & Rescue Team in AZ. Patches are provided for me but there aren't any for my dog. I've been looking online and found your site with 2 patches that I'm interested in (K9 8 and S & R Saving Lives). How can I order them?
The Delaware Animal Advocacy Guild is having an event on Sunday, September 28 for Companion Animal Safety Week and we will be paying tribute to all the K-9 officers and handlers that risk their lives on a daily basis to keep us protected. A list of the K-9's that have lost their lives this year will be displayed, they will be in our thoughts and hearts.
I would love to see some of the old faces again in the K9 circles.
Thank you all so much!
i just lost my labradodr retriver gauge. he was poisoned. this was the second time . i raise them and sone very well with perfecting the english lab. i found out i had ms, my husband dumped me and i have had to start over in a not so good area . all was good for 3 years now i have lost my male. my daughter was married to a drug cop and they got to keep his drug dog upon her retirement . molly. she told me about this poem. it is lovely. i fell so alone and terrified. the sherrif's dept will help. i had cameras but it failed last week and the landlord sent it back, i heard comotion last night and checked. went out side this morning and found 2 posioned. saved one. thank you, jackie
Discovering this website ... what a blast from the past!!!!!!!! This is is SO great! I am an "OLD HANDLER"
It was a great time in my life to be a K9 handler and greatly miss it.
What can I say! GREAT SITE!
I have many fond memories of my years as a canine handler while working on the west coast. I have recently been in contact with a few and have enjoyed getting in touch again after so many years. I hope to reunite some day!
I have great memories of the energy and enthusiasm we had.
what an awesome sight....I love the dedication all officers have to their canine counterparts....with appreciation from Ohio...keep up the GOOD WORK..!
Really, sure luck that I found this! It looks awesome!
Wow, I'd no idea this site existed.
I had the great opportunity to serve as a K9 officer back in my day. I have such good memories of some people that didn’t make it home at the end of their shift. Wish I could still talk to them--it's been a long time.
Wow, what a delight to come across this site. Wonderful memories! I was not a handler in Connecticut but from what I see it has to be a great organization.
Site brings back lots of great memories!!
Hello! This semester I am doing a research project. After looking over this site I am very interested in using it as a resource.
Greetings to all! Wonderful to see the names of old friends and read about them.
Great site: valuable info. Thanks ever so much!
Good Job, I will be adding your site to our links.
Great web site. You have done a truly fine job.
As dog handler I love this site. This is a excellent site. I enjoy the stories and pictures for the officer tributes. Former dog handlers will not be forgotten by all canine handlers.
The poem, The Working Dog" beginning,"My eyes are your eyes..." is so beautiful.
Great site, I hope all the dog units will maintain one like this.
Great site. Lots of wonderful information. Thanks to my friend for emailing me about the site.
Very, very interesting K-9 site. I've deep respect for the dog handler.
What can I say guys...,'great site'...that doesn't seem enough.
I just came across you web site today. I so admired all the memorials on your web site.very humbling! indeed! Thank you for protecting and serving us all!
I myself own 15 German Shepherds...a breed that I love beyond words. Our Shepherds are just our own dogs but they are SO very special to us...they don't serve any others but us...but we so in awe of all the dogs that are on your web site that have served the greater good of man. How very humbling to see the tributes...huge congratulations on such a wonderful web site and huge condolences to those that went above and beyond to protect and serve us all!
The images on your web site are so stirring and moving...all of them reach deep inside to express their devotion and commitment. Thank you for sharing them! I would love to make a tribute to one of the images on your web site. I re-create images of German Shepherds in rhinestones and would be more than willing to contribute 30% of the proceeds of all the images of this dog to your organization. Please let me know if you are agreeable to such an arrangement. I would also like to propose to our Parent organization a tribute to these dogs for the German Shepherd fancy (GSDCA.org). Not sure how to go about this but am more than willing to speak with the parent clubs' management about this. Please let me know your thoughts.
Thank you in advance for your consideration!
Owner of 15 German Shepherd Dogs
AKC Titled in Conformation, Obedience, Rally and Herding
Your site grabbed my attention while I was looking for another site. It's the first time in a while where I read every single detail on the site. I'm impressed.
This is a great site. I was turned on to it by another canine officer.
What a great site! Very user friendly and well organized. I especially enjoyed the tributes to the officer’s section and should always remember for their sacrifice.
It shows that people have put a lot of work into this site. Enjoyed it very much.
Great site. Interesting and well put together. Remember our dogs who are our friend and protectors.
I felt the need to write and let you know what a tremendous job you've done on this site.
Amazed by your web site!!!!
Thank you for sharing your site. The pictures were great and the tributes I just couldn't read all of them right now but I will be back.
Very impressive website, great pictures. Enjoyed my visit a lot and learned a lot.
Obedience Tracking Protection
Real Training for Real Situations
30 years + training
Thank you for every one who served in the Military
I found your sight very interesting, the photo's are great.
Great Job. These pages have brought back many memiories. Some good and some not so good.
Outstanding Site!! Really glad I could visit, enjoyed it all. Thank You for all of your work and input. Looking forward to visiting again.
Great Site...Enjoying my visit.
366th SPS K-9 DaNang Viet Nam 1965-66. Even after all these years have passed, there is hardly a day goes by that I don't think of my friend and Hero.
Proud to have walked with some of God's most courageous, loyal, obedient creatures.
All these beautiful hero's need way more recognition! Good luck to all the dogs and their handlers out there.
What a wonderful thing the K9 teams are doing!!! This is definitely needed and very much appreciated!!
I've been a navy K9 handler during 1982-1995 and retired." NEVER HAD A BETTER FRIEND"during my military service.
We are so very proud and grateful for the services these dogs provide. They are true heros.
Great site. Saw your videos. Very nice. I particularly liked the memorials that you did. Very nice.
I think this site & your dogs are just AWESOME!!
I truly appreciate the training articles on your web site.
Great website and good k9 info.
I just would like to honor the heroes that made the ultimate sacrifice for us. They should be always remembered for their great sacrifice. The best wishes for their families and friends.
Thank you for ALL your service and what you do in order to keep us safe.
I think of you all everyday, I think of your families and pray for the safety of all. I thank you with all my heart. I honor you all.
one love brothers and sisters, awesome memorials!
Thank you for the sacrifices. All you canine officers will always have a special place in my heart.
Thank you all for your service to protect our way of life.
Recently found your website. I find a very strong message in the officer tributes which and my even be able to help me save my own life in some of these cases. Thank you so much for using your talent to inspire the rest of us and maybe even save our lives.
Your association should take part in a contest for one of the most useful K9 websites on the net. I’m going to recommend this website!
Amazing site, so few are as good as this.
I read your content on the website, it is so on the mark.
I happened upon your site because I am entirely fixated on the police K9 and have been researching it off for the last 4 months, in my free time. It’s absolutely unbelievable what these dogs do.
Good job keeping everyone informed about the service of K-9 dogs and handlers.
I've enjoyed touring your site.
We are just one big family, always welcome when we visit...... We share the same 'drives'....
U.K Dog Handler (Metropolitan Police)
Your site is very nice. A pleasure to view.
Quality stuff, here!
Many thanks for providing a great place for K9 handlers.
Like your site. I always find something new to read and learn.
Well designed and thought out. I Applause all for your work.
I'll be back!
What a beautiful website! I am doing research for my college class, and your website is one of the most insightful I have found. I enjoy the whole website. Thank you, and keep up the outstanding work!
This is really a fantastic site. Beautiful gallery and great pictures. But above all beautiful dogs.
You guys have a great site…I will wear my T-Shirt proudly.
You and your k-9 partners are true heroes.
Enjoyed my visit so I had top leave my "paws" in the guestbook. Worked as a K9 handler for the Air Force. Beside all the articles, photos, etc etc .... the design is one of the best ones in the K9 "world" I’ve seen.
Well I’m so impressed I had to send this site address to my father. My father is a retired K9 handler who was one of the first K-9 handlers to his department in the 70’s. I’m sure it will bring back many happy memories.
Nice website. I see a sharp reminder as too the risks you all take. I am a K-9 officer so respect to you all and stay safe. Keep up the good work.
I couldn’t resist to come back again and have another look at your website. It really looks great, so do the dogs and their handlers. I enjoyed my stay and i will be back here in the future…Keep up the good work and stay alert.
Great Site and a tribute to all police dogs and their handlers wherever they may be in the world .
Just wanted to compliment you on a great website. Very informative and of high quality.
I want to thank all of the men and woman who risk there lives daily to protect us. Thank You.
Demonstrations are always a huge hit with all. I certainly feel all officers, two legged and four, earned a huge amount of respect from all. I’m a K9 Master Trainer and wanted to pass along that this has got to be the best web site I’ve ever seen. Congratulations. Stay Safe Out There!
Great site, and a wonderful tribute to our K-9 Officers.
Thanks to all the dedicated officer’s out there who keep us safe!
The penalties for harming a police dog ought to be even MORE severe.in our humble opinion. K-9 units.you are the best.
SUBJECT: POLICE DOG CANDIDATE
We have an IDEAL candidate named 'Gloria' for police dog training...a 3 year old female, 65 lb. Chow/Shepard Mix with traits:
She exhibits great focus and sensitivity; but, requires utmost patience and training.
Fearing for her safety as she continually seeks to escape and KNOWING she requires the challenge of a non-traditional home, I write to you.
Please share a referral if your agency cannot help. I cannot see her beautiful self in a kill-shelter which is where I rescued her.
I saw the article today about the suspect who hit a police dog in the head with a object. He should be locked up and throw away the key! Anyone who would treat a dog that way would do the same to a human. That’s just terrible, how could someone do such a thing? This is worse than animal cruelty. God bless you for the work you do, and for your faithful K-9’s.
I saw an article in the paper today about the attack on a police K9. Your dogs are brave, devoted and loving. Their bravery and devotion do not surprise us. Best wishes.
I saw an article in the paper today about the attack on a police K9. Your dogs are brave, devoted and loving. Their bravery and devotion do not surprise us. Best wishes.
I feel honored to have found this site. Thank you so much for your dedication. These dogs deserve the best.
What a terrific site. What a great job you guys, girls and gorgeous dogs do to keep our country safe. May angels follow you all always.
I received a –T-shirt as a gift from your association and have been asked by many where I got it. You should do more to advertise them, they are very special.
I saw a news story last night on TV and was very impressed with the dogs and their handlers. I’m so glad the dogs are receiving bullet-proof vests and this is long past due. Keep up the good work you do.
I think the relationship and dedication between an officer and their K-9 partner is wonderful.
Watching the appearances and demeanor during the canine shows reflect your high level of training and commitment and the justifiable pride you take in your service. Great job.
K-9 is the future of Law Enforcement. Providing safety to officers and quicker criminal apprehension. Special thanks to the trainers, handlers and all dogs who serve…past and present.
The canine police officers in the tribute stories should be remembered as proud and loyal members of their respective police departments.
Wow! What a great site. Your canines are something to be very proud of.
K-9’s and their partners work as one and it is very interesting to watch them work together. Keep up the great job you are doing and keep each other safe.
This site is awesome! I would like to take the time to thank each and everyone of you for all the hard work you doing to make a not so perfect world, just a little bit better.
I have a dog with an exceptional nose and am looking for training in tracking or nose work.
I live in Barkhamsted, CT. Is there anyone near me who provides such training.
Thank you for all you do for us and for your dogs. we are very grateful.
Our K9 friends are truly appreciated more than you know and all your efforts working with them are noticed by the public.
Thank’s for all the information! I’m doing a research project for my Law Enforcement class and I just wanted to say that I really love K-9 websites like yours!
I'm currently in Criminal Justice and when I'm done I want to be part of a canine unit. Much respects for all of our peace officers thank you all for your help with in our community.
I am really impressed with the amount of time taken to show what the K9 Teams do for your community.
I truly appreciate the training tips on your web site.
I can’t THANK YOU enough for all you do to stop crime!!! All of you (including the BRAVE K-9s, of course) are APPRECIATED more then you’ll ever know!!!! THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart. I absolutely love the K-9s and am truly thankful to each and every one of you!!!!!!!
Your dogs are magnificent, love them.
To all the K-9 Officers and there K-9 Partners keep up the great work, you are greatly needed.
Had to do a report for school and used a lot of info from your site, thanks.
Looking through the site all your dogs look beautiful.
Amazing how smart your dogs are.
Keep up the good work.
All stay safe.
It is a shame that more police departments don't have canines throughout the U.S. If a life is saved by one of these dogs in their lifetime the money spent on their purchase and training has paid for it self. A life saved is priceless.
Nice pictures on website.
Hello to all and take good care.
Keep up the good work.
Thank you for all your hard work in keeping up this important website. I don't think there's anything like it in the world and I think you're doing a great service to artists and those looking for monuments and to law enforcement and military to do what you're doing.
My best to you,
thank you for posting this info on how to stretch your dog before working. this is never mentioned in dog agility classes, and I want to be sure my girl does not get any injuries.
Nice to see all the hard work you put in with your canines pays off. I would like to see more police departments in Connecticut have them.
Wishing all in 2014 a good year.
Always fun to watch the shows you put on with your partners.
Thanks for many that worked the holidays to keep us safe.
Holidays are over and continue to be safe.
Wishing everyone a Happy New Year.
Thank you for including our armed forces.
Always hoping for a better New Year for everyone.
One of the best police canine sites. Great work guys!
Thanks for protecting us during the shopping holiday season. Your presence at malls is comforting.
I was a canine handler long time ago and it was the best job I ever had.
Take care and you are all in our thoughts for the holidays.
Best wishes for the holiday season.
You're doing a great job.
Your job is not an easy one but admired by many.
Thanking you for all you do.
I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a safe New year. From a former US Army MP dog handler and his partner Chip.
Have a wonderful holiday season with your canine.
Wishing you all the best. You guys are great.
Be safe for the holidays.
Appreciate you do for us.
Wishing all that protect us a safe season for them and their family.
Wishing all a safe holiday season.
Following all on Facebook also.
Nice to read about the canines and what they are doing in our state on Facebook.
Nice to read about your canines in the paper when they catch someone doing something wrong.
Nice to see you on Facebook now.
Amazing what these dogs can do.
So many police departments need these canines and don't have them.
Found information I was looking for on your website. Thanks
Wishing all a safe up coming holiday season.
Good canine site.
Wish we could protect all police dogs with what they need.
Always nice to watch the shows you put on for the public.
Such beautiful dogs.
Fantastic work and love watching them.
Those working canines are fabulous.
Keep up the good work.
Thanking all that have served and the ones that are serving on this special day to keep us all safe.
Dear Sir, my name is wayne iam a collector of law Enforcement things and i have been collecting almost 33 yrs and its a great hobbie! i would like to wish you and the CPWDA all the best in 2013-2014 and please keep up the great work and i hope u had a great summer!
50 Roleika Dr.apt 304
From a fellow handler, much love and respect to my brothers and sisters. Come home safe. Mav
In Sept I turned my Fidelco puppy in for training but learned soon after he was picked for police training. I can't tell you how happy I am for him & his handler. Paco is a fabulous dog and will serve proudly. I miss him every day but know he has found his calling. He was at my Civil Air Patrol meetings every week, rode in a plane & loved the ocean. Bless you all for the work you do! I can only hope Paco enjoys his job as much as I think he will...God Bless you all!
I am proud to be part of the many folks, from various backgrounds and experiences, that share interests in working dogs, and their handlers -- and I am so grateful for your collection and presentation of K-9 memorial sites, info and great photos. Thank you so much.
Always fun to watch the shows you put on.
Thank you for the learning experience for the children as well as the grown ups that the K9 teams provided at the expo in Hartford..
Nice demo at the Expo.
Canine team show at the Connecticut Pet Expo was great. It's always the highlite there.
Jim... you are my co-author of my K9 site.. Truly appreciate you and your dedication to all of the K9s and co workers.
I was a member of the K-9 unit in Pacaf, Clarke Air Base, PI from 1975 to 1977.
I want to say hello to all my fellow K-9 handlers both Active and inactive.
You guys out there still humping the lines
Be Safe, Be Careful.
What some amazing poems i love guardians of the night i,m a dog handler that poem brought tears to my eyes
Today I found your website and was surprised by the quality of your website.
Arnold van den Oetelaar
Police Dogs Centre Holland
5491 RJ Nijnsel (Sint-Oedenrode)
All departments should have canines. The work they do is incredible.
Everyone keep up the great work.
A lot of time went into this site. Great work.
Nice to come across a good website. Totally enjoyed it.
Lots of great ino. Will be back to read more.
What a great site.
So much content.
I will be back, again and again.
I work at vet hospital and we had to send home a fallen K-9 hero; his partner was overcome with grieve. I'm trying to find a poem to put with his partner's remains, to help ease his grieving.
Wonderful how this dogs perform.
Fantastic site with great pictures and interesting reading.
Good Evening Mr. Cortina,
I hope you are well. I am interested in purchasing a couple of items and wonder if they are available. I would like to purchase the Ash Grey T-Shirt in size large and the decal. I support the police and the K-9 programs especially so I want to thank you for what you do. The website is fantastic and I appreciate the pictures and stories. Thank you for your time and have a great night.
it was great to see the Pease Sentry k9 patch ,A flight e element,817th combat defense squadron SAC 1959 ,MAY i ask were you got it, Thank you
This organization really seems to have their act together.
So impressed whenever I watch teams perform. Respect all for what you do.
I support the breeding of better working dogs for law enforcement.
In October of 2013, the German Shepherd Dog Club of America will be the host for the World Trial (WUSV) at the PPL stadium
Teams of GSD 's will come from many foreign countries including Germany, France, Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Hungary, England, South Africa, Mexico, South American and Canada.
PPL Park Stadium is located at One Stadium Drive; Chester, Pennsylvania 19013
I will post updates. More info is at http://www.gsdca/wda.org
I wish you all the best with wonderful dogs and people. God bless you for caring so much!
Thank You for All You Do!!! May God Bless You and Keep You Safe......
Sad to read about all the dogs and officers that have lost their lives protecting us but nice to know they are recognized on the website.
I ended up on your site because of the Guardians of the Night poem. I was reading about a Service Dog who had been laid to rest, and the poem was read at the funeral. I had tears in my eyes while reading the poem. I have two golden retrievers who are not Service dogs; however, my dogs and I share the same bonds as expressed in the poem. I am very grateful for the work you do and also the work of the Service Dogs. I can't thank you enough!!!
May God Bless all those whose life you touched. A hero through and through.
I support the use of canines 100 %.
Hi my name is Tia Fay gamete I am 17 and what to do what u guys do can u give me any tips
I went to Elementary with officer Daniel Wasson and he was such a great guy. Even as a young boy he was liked by everyone. RIP Dan we will never forget you.
With all that is going on in the world today everyone needs to be alert and to stay safe. Canines are awesome and every police department should have one to help keep us safe.
Forever grateful for the job you do.
I would like to know if you might be able to help me with a tribute we would like to do in our memorial gardens for one of our fallen police k-9 hero.
I was so impressed by your website, its beautiful.
I’m looking to do a Marble German Shepherd Statue, please let me know if you can refer me to someone.
Your Afterlife Pet Care Specialist
MUCH APPRECIATION TO JIM CORTINA, CPWDA.COM, FOR MAINTAINING THE NATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT K-9 and MILITARY MWD AND THEIR HANDLER DATA BASE LIST, A ‘GOLDMINE OF INFORMATION’ THAT ASSISTS IN THE MISSION AND PURPOSE OF THE U.S. WAR DOGS ASSN. - TO CREATE AWARENESS OF THE SERVICES OF THE K-9s, MWDs, AND ALL HANDLERS WHO TOGETHER KEEP U.S. CITIZENS SAFE, SECURE, AND FREE.
Barbara Snow, Executive Director
US WAR DOGS Association, Southern Chapter
P.O. Box 10
Bronson, FL 32621
Great sight 2 visit...Am a great lover of dogs....Keep going...keep up the good work.
Officer Fox and Alex and Officer Grant and Maki-
Thank you so much for participating in our TODAS (Take our daughters and sons) to work day. Excellent program, everyone enjoyed it!
Casualty Evaluator / MetLife / Bloomfield, CT
Prayers for all in this line of work.
Our company, Zotos in Darien is hosting our 11th annual Bring a Child to Work Day. Each year we have a theme - in past years it has been circus, magic, rodeo, pirates, recycle, etc. This year our theme is heros. We will be asking Police, Firefighters and EMTs to come in a speak to the kids who range in age from 5-15. We want them to have fun, but also be educated on safety, which these days is imperative.
We know of your organization as Zotos donates to your organization each year.
I would love to speak to someone at your organization who can come in and speak to our group but not overwhelm or scare the young one. But I am sure you guys know exactly what to do as this is what you do.
Please contact me at the email above or at 203-656-7817.
Many thanks - looking forward to hearing from you.
May God bless and keep our Military, our Police and our Dogs as they all serve our country with outstanding courage. Freedom is not Free.
Thinking of Danny Wasson today, 26 years..Forever in our Hearts, Never Forgotten, He will always be our Blue Angel, and our Hero.
Finding that K9 Patch from Aviano AFB, Italy was a prize! If I could find one for my personal collection, it would be great. I was a Security Police Officer/K9 handler and I believe the patch was made before I was stationed at Aviano. If you have a contact or a point of reference I would appreciate hearing from you.
This website is an honor for all in the profession.
Thank you for all the time that goes into training these dogs to be what they are; rescuers, protectors, and ambassadors.
To all the K-9 Officers and there K-9 Partners keep up the great work, you are greatly needed.
Great site to visit.
Hi Jim... wonderful tributes on your site. Keep up the great work and thanks for the contributions for my K9 Memorial site. Here's to meeting face to face someday soon after all of these years. lulu
Love to watch the shows you give.
Beautiful and intelligent dogs.
All police departments should have canines today.
Wishing that all the K-9'S get the protection they need and deserve for the situations they face everyday to protect us all.
Nothing like a K9 back up.
Thanks for all you do.
My name is Curtis Zatylny and I was Vader’s handler. I have visited your website numerous times in my 6 years as a K9 handler and I want to say thank you for the service you provide. Your website is very thorough and a great resource.
Ofc C.Zatylny #997
Lynnwood Police Department K9 Unit
19321 44th Ave W
Lynnwood, WA. 98036
Great patch collection.
Dogs on Patrol in war and peace. Thanks Handlers and 4 legged officers. Play ball
Thanks so much.
Best years I had with the department were the ones with the K-9 unit.
Wishing all a safe 2013.
Good site packed with info.
I've been looking for a friend of mine that was killed and found the info on your website the best. Thanks.
Great website with a lot of interesting information.
With all the happenings in our state, please be safe.
Always love watching the dogs do their work.
I've watched them during shows. The dogs are amazing.
Wishing for a better year this year for all.
My father is a Police Officer. I pray everyday that he stays safe. I pray for anyone who serves us and takes a chance. Even if sometimes that chance is small, I thank you. Thank you so much for you services. Stay safe.
Thank you all for keeping us safe.
All officer's and canines please stay safe.
Hoping all that protect our family's had a happy holiday blessed with joy.
Wishing all a safe holiday season.
Wishing all in Newtown, Connecticut, a quick heal.
The sad news of all those killed in the school in Newtown is sad for all of us.
From your K/9 partner's here on the west coast we just want u all to know that u r in our thoughs and prayers.....B Safe! Sean
LAPD, C/TSOB, Metropolitan Division, K/9 Platoon
I have reached out to our National Office and they will have something up on our national web site about your guys soon. PLEASE reach out if your men/women need anything. Billy and I will do everything we can.
Will keep you all in my prayers and will put in a prayer request at Church. Australia has been deeply moved by the incident and it remains a prime news story. Miles may separate our nations but at the end of the day we should all see each other as members of one family and respond with empathy and sincerity when tragedy strikes. Please pass on my gratitude to the officers attending as they put their lives on the line trying to protect innocent people from harm and I deeply respect the work police officers do even though your teams are so far away from where I live. Unfortunately sometimes that work involves dealing with tragedy after the event and lives cannot be saved. I feel so much for you all. It is a credit to Ofc. Bradshaw he continued to work when his own family is closely entwined with Sandy Hook. Take care and may the love of God uphold those in crisis or dealing with the heartache.
Our thoughts, prayers and condolences are with you in this difficult time.
Officer Patrick Maguire
Ann Arbor Police Dept.
Please know that you are in our hearts and prayers and have all of our support. Be Safe and Be Well.
K9 Officer Giannetti & K9 Ari
US Customs & Border Protection
JFK Int'l Airport
From the Saugus MA. Police Dept. We send our deep regrets and want you all to know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Stay Safe, Tim Fawcett and K9 Bruin
Please accept my condolences for the terrible tragedy unfolding in Newtown. We awoke to the news early this morning and felt devastated that this could again happen in USA, reflecting a terrible cancer within society. So many innocent lives gone..I could not begin to imagine how citizens who have lost or have traumatized loved ones are feeling at this terrible time.
Please know I am thinking of all police officers trying to work through this tragedy and also the public so deeply affected. Personally I was relieved at the tightening of gun laws in Australia some years ago. I have had a sister shot and myself held at gunpoint so know some of the anguish these horrific insane or antisocial people cause. Again, thinking of you at this heartbreaking time, may God Bless you all in your work and keep you safe.
You have our thoughts and prayers. Know that we have your backs. May you seek the peace of God during this tragic time.
New Braunfels (TX) PD K-9 Unit
On behalf of the National Board and all members of the U.S. Police Canine Association, we extend our thoughts and prayers to all handlers, families, friends and coworkers that were involved in the tragic incident in Newtown, Ct. Please let us know if there is anything that we can assist you with.
Kevin Johnson, National President
U.S. Police Canine Association
You're in our thoughts and prayers . If there is anything we can do for you during these tragic times please let us know. Be safe and God Bless ,
Town of Carmel PD K-9 Unit
My thoughts and prayers are with the K9 Teams that responded to this tragedy. Stay Strong.
Lou & K9 Patriot.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this terrible tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary.
Cpl Troy Swearingen K9 Kora & K9 Mattie
Hamilton County Sheriff's Department, Ohio
Our thoughts and prayers are with k9 teams,detectives and officers that responded. Be strong.
This will be a sadness that will cover the world this holiday season. My thoughts and prayers are with the family's of the children and adults that lost their lives. The town of Newtown will recover.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this terrible tragedy.
Boston PD K9
Thoughts and prayers to all of those involved and affected by the senseless tragedy that took place in Newtown. Please know that there is always someone to talk to.
P.O. James Chirillo and K9 Danny
MTA Police Dept. New York, NY
My thoughts and prayers are with all of the K-9 first responders of the tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary. Be Safe.
Montgomery County Maryland Police K-9
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you, your families and your communities. Please be safe.
Joe Ryan & K9 Cooper
Manchester NH PD
Our prayers are with you. Be safe and strong.
From Gloucester Ma., the Gloucester Police Dept. sends our thoughts and prayers to the families and the first responders. Stay safe.
Off. Chris Genovese
My prayers go out to everyone in Connecticut, stay safe out there
K9 handler from Belgium
On behalf of the Danvers MA Police Dept. And my family, our deepest sympathy goes out to you all. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Take care of yourselves, this horrific event puts severe stress on all involved. You have my support and prayers for your recovery.
I am a retired dog handler from NJ. I wanted to wish you all the best this holiday season. I'm sure many of you were involved in this horrific event if not directly then indirectly. Even having been involved in some really bad events over my career I can't even imagine what all of you felt like when seeing that carnage. I'm praying for all of you as well as all the families of both victims and survivors. Please be careful out there and do what you must do to heal yourselves and your communities. God bless you all, we need it.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this very dark time. Know that all of us here with the MTA Police Dept are here wfor you if you need any assistance.
MTAPD K-9 Unit
Thinking of all the needless loss of life and the first one's at that tragic scene that will have to deal with this the rest of their lives that had to see everything at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. My heart goes out to all of you. This seems to be played out more and more across the country. It's time to have an officer on duty at every school to protect our children.
To All of the Members of the CPWDA;
All of us in the United States Police Canine Association extend our condolences and offer our support and prayers to all of you that are contending with this tragic event in your community.
Please reach out if we can do ANYTHING to assist you in this trying time.
Lt. John Kerwick
USPCA Region 7
Wishing all a safe and happy holiday season.
I always love to watch working dogs. They play such an important role in police work.
I am a police officers mom that prays for all of you daily.
Praying all stay safe for the coming holidays.
Canine officer's are lucky they get to take their partners home with them so they can sleep soundly. They will let you know ahead of time before an alarm system. I just wish I could have one.
Police dogs are AMAZING.
Just wanted to say thank you for all your teams do. K9's are definitely needed by all departments for the service they provide.
My father was a military canine handler and our family always had shepherds while growing up. Always had the highest respect for them. When any of them died it always broke my heart. Till this day they hold a special place in my heart and always will.
Beautiful looking dogs!
A canine officer who is a good friend of mine told me my K9 was listed on your tribute page. Don't know how you found out about my "Jake" but wanted to thank you. I sure do miss him.
Hi I have all 3 of my [yes] mini poodles in NACSW classes, I live in Manhattan, N.Y. I am looking for tracking classes for 1 of my poodles within an hour to an hour and a half of upper Manhattan. I hope that someone out there can help me.
Hey there, was looking for a buddy of mine from our college days...found him on your website. Would love to be back in touch...w / officer Paul Hussey . Got my Masters in Crmj and worked w k-9 too. Now work with placing dogs with vets. Email me Paul ...or look me up on face book...miss ya, you were like a big brother to me....Paula "Paige"
Very nice site!!!! : Cheers.
Great Site and a tribute to all police dogs and their handlers wherever they may be in the world.
The loss of any member of any law enforcement agency in the line of duty can only be attributed to their dedication and love of the work they do. No day should go by in which we do not recognize the work of these fine men and women who surrender it all so we may sleep in peace at night.
For all the good you do… Thank you!
Wow! What a great site. Your association has something to be very proud of. A true leader in the business!
The work that law enforcement officers around the world are doing is an invaluable necessity in the times we live in, increasingly they are putting themselves in harms way to insure a safer way of life for the rest communities they faithfully serve. For their service and dedication I am always thankful. My heart goes out to the families of the fallen and I pray for a speedy recovery for the injured officer. To the departments I offer my support and prayers for continued safety and success in serving the community.
Kind regards, Melissa
Not only the finest K-9 site I’ve seen it is a wonderful tribute to your teams and the Departments. All the best to you and thanks for keeping us safe.
My compliments to the webmaster. This is a very interesting site that makes a person want to cruise around in it for a while.
I recently watched one of the police canine shows and I am really impressed with the amount of time taken to show what the K9 Teams do for our community.
I have always been impressed by police and security dogs. The canine police officers in the tribute stories should be remembered as proud and loyal members of their respective police departments.
This site is great, and I continue to monitor it for updates, all K9 units are great, and provide a great service to the department, and the community. Keep up the great work, and stay safe!!!
This is, without any doubt, one of the finest websites I’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting on the web. Professional in every sense of the word, visually stunning, great photos, excellent layout, great links, logically planned. Hats off to your website designer? Fabulous job, indeed!!
I saw three officers at a local Starbucks this morning and wanted to go and give them all a hug. Saying thank you for protecting our streets, our families, homes, and lives just doesn’t seem enough. All members of Law Enforcement take a huge risk each time they are on patrol. It is sad that we have a tendency to forget all that they do until the loss of an officer reminds us. After reading some of the tributes, words cannot describe how sorry I am for the loss these families have endured. My heart goes out to all of you. I continue to keep all officers in my prayers for a safe return home after each day. Thank you will never be enough to say, but to all officers…THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR ALL THAT YOU DO EACH DAY. It takes great strength and courage to agree to serve and protect not only your own families but all of ours. I’m glad that my family is part of a community being watched over by such fine officers.
It deeply saddens me every time I hear of a tragedy such as the ones we have heard recently. My heart goes out to all the friends and family of officers who gave their lives for such a great cause. To often we are criticized for the jobs that we do, and it is unfortunate that the dedication of many come down to a tragedy. The public does not understand the value of each and every officer to protect and serve, but those of us who dedicate our lives to it, do understand, and will be forever grateful for each other. It is a brotherhood that is second only to the Marine Corps and I am proud to be a part of both. May god protect us all in our efforts to make the world a better place.
I can’t THANK YOU enough for all you do to stop crime!!! All of you (including the BRAVE K-9s, of course) are APPRECIATED more then you’ll ever know!!!! THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart. I absolutely love the K-9s and am truly thankful to each and every one of you!!!!!!!
What an excellent site! I love the layout.
Got all weapy reading the poems, knowing that the dogs do lay down their lives for their handlers and for us all.
It's fantastic to see the recognition these officers & their dogs deserve- thank you for your service.
Just recently got involved with MWDs and have to say I admire everyone's dedication to these beautiful and faithful dogs. They are soooo deserving of all we can do for them and credit for all they do. We have too long misunderstood how smart they are!
Thanks for this Awesome Site. Please make it a Facebook page for many more to view and appreciate.
id like to give a big shout out to all our law enforcment and there k9 partners your doing a great job love to all, and love to those that have fallen in the line of duty protecting there mate and doing what comes natural.
I love the poems.
from Richard and Ziggy ( my k9 partner ) here in New Zealand.
Great looking site...a huge undertaking...thanks for all of your hard work.
Just wanted to say thanks for all you teams do.
I just enjoyed your entire website,it truly is awesome. I love all of your PSD, im a (RET) K/9 Handler, and once you ahve it in your blood, it never leaves you. like Harleys and PSDs I ret in 96 and this is my first time in my entire life when I did not have a GSD ie PSD but I still have the opportuntys to train k/9s I have had one of your CONN. K/9 tee shirts from years ago, and I see it is no longer on your site, im always proud to wear mine,my brothers&sisiters stay safe and healthy. Gods Blessings to you all always& your Guardians of the Night!! It was all good brothers and sisters.enjoy everyday it goes by fast
Amazing how these dogs perform when needed.
Wishing all the best for both officers.
Keep up the good work.
I really like the cpwda.com website, having been a dog handler myself (981st MP Co.). My sentry dog, Rowdy, and I went out at night during 1968 to hunt for Viet Congs and other evil-doers.
Dale W. Woolridge
Thank you all K-9s and handlers for putting your lives down for us!!!!
Enjoyed the site and will recomend to others.
Beautiful poems, thank you for sharing!
I watched one of your dogs at a canine demo. Very well behaved and you could definately see the bond between the officer and K9.
I must say you have done a great job, it has spectacular Memorials on it.
Just wanted to say thanks for the service you provide.
Retired from K9. I would do it all over again.
I will be be back to read more, great site.
Congratulations to Steve and Iko! Both of your hard work and training is being rewarded.
I was K-9 MAXs handler from Brunswick Georgia. It was nice to see K-9 MAXs information on your website. Thanks it means a lot.
RIP K-9 MAX
Facinating website. The more I read the more I wanted to read.
Thank you for the service you provide to help remember our canine partners.
Sgt. Paul Blendowski
Even though the website is a police K9 association website I was surprised to see my MWD listed on your site on the tribute page. As I read more on your website I also noticed you pay tribute to military handlers that have been killed, thanks for including us on your website. Very informative, keep up the great job.
People don't realize the amount of time that goes into training these animals. My hat is off to their handlers.
Some of my best years in life were spent in K9.
You guys are the best.
Looking at this website brings back great memories when I was in K9. Thanks for bringing back down memory lane.
I was a canine officer long time ago and i can say it was the best job i could have had.
Looks like this canine association has it together. Great site.
Great site for all to enjoy.
Excellent website. I will be back to visit.
Today, Memorial Day, is a good time to honor all that served in all our wars; two legged and four legged.
Beautiful pictures of your magnificent hard working canines.
Just read a book called "Soldier Dogs" and learned alot about what these hero's go thru. I hope and pray that these dogs will continue to get the respect they deserve and not just be continued to be known as "equipment". That is so sad to me and I'm sure many others. They truly are gifts from God.
I am the praying mom of a police officer and I keep you all in my prayers daily
I would like to thank all that are in this line of work. They are truly dedicated and often risk their lives to help us and many times don't get the respect they deserve. It's a shame canines have such a short life and the both of you can't enjoy more time together.
Very, very good site.
I worked for the state of Ct for 30 yrs. I donated money every paycheck for the training and update on different dogs and handlers. This I looked forward to. getting updates etc. Im glad I could help and felt rewarded I was proud to do so and have great respect for the handlers and their canine partners
Great stuff on this website, thanks.
25 years...not forgotten for a moment. You are touching people's lives every day. A true hero.
Thank you for your service..............had read all the articles and have never forgotten you each year at this time.
I can't believe 25 years have come and gone since that fateful night you were taken from your family, your brother and sister officers, your friends and your community.
I just want you to know what a pleasure it was working with you.
RIP Danny. You will never be forgotten.
04/11/12 We were sitting on my front stairs just making conversation and the next day you were gone. I still can't believe this terrible incident took place. You are gone Danny but not forgotten by many People who knew you and loved you.
It will be 25 years ago tomorrow, that you were shot and killed unnecessarly. The Milford Police department will be having a special dedication in your honor and your brother Raymond, who has always been there for you, along with your brother Jeffery and his daughter Amanda, who just became a police officer in NY, will be in attendance to celebrate you.
It is very hard to believe how much time has passed, but you are and will always be remembered for the outstanding and wonderful young man that you were and you were loved by many.
I can remember when you were born with all that beautiful blonde curly hair and blue eyes (my first nephew). I have special fond memories of you and all your brothers through all the holidays, especially during the Christmas holidays.
We love you and you will forever remain in my hearts.
Aunt Ginny and Uncle Stan
I was impressed to read the content on your website.
Awesome web site. K9s should get more attention than they do. They are as much as an officer as anyone.
I would like to add,
REST IN PEACE — Sgt. Lloyd Locke poses with Zena, who died suddenly two weeks after retiring from the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office. ‘Zena was the only dog in the state who had found explosives that led to a federal conviction,’ said Randolph County Sheriff Maynard Reid.
I find your CPWDA website to be a great asset to the community.
I thought it is important for the CPWDA to know that our beloved, retired K9 Officer Onyx (from New Milford) passed away last Tuesday, March 20. Onyx was not only a member of the New Milford Police Department, a part of the CPWDA, but also a treasured member of our family. Rest in peace sweet Onyx!
I am an aspiring K-9 officer currently working security going through school to achieve my future goals. I found this site to be very FUN, INFORMATIVE, and INFORMATIONAL. Thank you so much for the easy layout, and the patch pictures!
Awesome website!! I respect the K-9 team,, you guys do incredable work. I have a 2 year old Rottweiler. I'm learning to become a trainer and so far so good with my dog. Can i still join your establishment?
Great website..did Connecticut celebrate K-9 Veterans Day March 13, 2012?
I had signed your book a while ago but never did I expect the response from your organization that I received when my German Shepherd Nikita, Niki, passed over the Rainbow Bridge suddenly. Brothers & Sisters I thank you for your friendship and kind thoughts during my time in need. Niki took a very large part of her with me when she left. Se was truly West Milford, NJ's Military Working Dog Ambassador and had helped support her heroes in Iraq and Afghanistan for almost 3 years with her smiling face and tons of paws and licks. Buy above all she was my family, My "LITTLE GIRL" Thank you and above all BE SAFE! Frank
A beautiful website which all should see. I had tears in my eyes the entire time I was looking through. Absolutely wonderful.
This is a site worth passing on to others.
First of all, thank you for this wonderful page. I thought you might be interested in knowing about us. I am Holly Cripps, Pres. And Co founder with my K9 Handler husband, of a non-profit org called We Ride To Provide. WRTP organizes an annual K9 memorial motorcycle ride for Georgia police dogs down.
Again, thank you and be safe!
You have some wonderful stuff on here for the K-9 Partner. My brother has a K-9 and I highly recommend your site. My husband is a LEO 33yrs now.
Just received the info on this web siteas a member of the Alachua County Florida Veterans advisory committee. Had to look up the info on Asher the 1953 Korean War dog as I was with the 25th division at that time in G2 and worked with the patrol dog platoon which was the only one over there at that time although I never heard of the 526 Inf Div, This site was amazing and very enlightening. Please keep up this very good and important work and good luck
Thanks to all for what your association does in providing interesting material in your field of work. I found myself glued to your website and had to pry myself away. One heck of a site.
Great job, folks. The kinship between Police K9 and MWDs runs deep. Please continue your effort.
....INDEED K-9'S ARE MORE THAN A LEO PARTNER,...
YES,....THEY ARE A HUGE BLESSING. THEIR UNIQUE SENSES , ABILITIES AND LOYALTY CAN NOT BE MATCH BY A HUMAN EVER ! K-9'S ARE VERY SPECIAL AND ACT AND LIVE LIKE THAT !
FREDDIE ALEDO/ R USNPS PARK RANGER LAW ENFORCEMENT AT SAN JUAN/PUERTO RICO.
I am glad to have happened upon this site. My GSD dogs have always been completely loyal and have watched over me since I was a child. My hope is that I was worth the Honor that I was shown by my big eared friends. Sometimes, I have thought them smarter then I. I am hearted to see the War Dogs getting a Memorial like this.
I am proud that Police K-9's are there to help protect the country.
I am a qualified Hungarian dog trainer. My name is Gabor Kaposi. I am responsible for the training of the working police dogs of my county, Fejér. I have been training dogs for 11 years. I have heard a lot about your K9 police dogs. I have recently read the book, K9 Commando. That is why I decided to write an e-mail. This book contains true stories about your K9 Unit, I was impressed and I decided trying to help your training with my knowledge. I really appreciate K9 and the way I think it could have a great effect on your work if I have the chance participate and be a helper in your training. Thank you for your feedback on this topic and about this possibility. Also special thank you for reading my letter.
My name is Tatiana. I am a teacher of elementary grades, teaching the basics of safety. As well as leading the section to protect the rule of law. Children really like these lessons. Every boy wants to be as brave, strong, responsible, and as policemen. After all, everyone knows that your service is very important in modern society. Maintaining peace and tranquility on Earth - is a big responsibility and honor. The boys organized a small museum in the school, where various subjects relating to the police and the policemen - the form, patches, badges, helmets, etc I would be very grateful if you would send us some souvenirs (like a patch) for our museum.
My address is:
432 072, Russia, Ulianovsk
I found your site by chance, but I am so glad I did. Our local Civic Society in Melton Mowbray is planning a memorial to the British Defence Dogs. It is appropriate that it is in Melton Mowbray because all the defence dogs and their handlers are trained here. We are looking for inspiration for a a design for our memorial, and yours is lovely. Good luck and safe trips to all your dogs and theri handlers with best wishes from across the pond.
Secretary Melton Mowbray & District Civic Society
For me, visiting your sit was pure pleasure.
Stay safe and happy collecting.
This is a wonderful tribute to those officers and especially their K-9 companions. I am pleased that I "stumbled" upon it. I have raised German Shepherds for over 30 years. My "dogs have been used by many for "special purpose". I am ,sincerely, appreciative that some of the fine animals that serve the public have gotten some well deserved rememberance.
Hi, Great site.
What a fantastic site to recall so many military memories. Thanks for our elite handlers having a great talent to walk alone with great honor.
Once again, thank you so very much for your wonderful site. It is very touching to go to it and I enjoy keeping up with the monuments.
I appreciate this site with listing all the K-9 patches. I've been looking for some of these. Where may I purchase some?
Hi, I am finishing a degree in criminal justice with a concentration in forensics. Your website proved to be helpful for a forensics course question involving who may collect evidence other than a crime scene investigator. This site is interesting and had very useful information for me to use a K-9 as an evidence collector.
"The one absolutely unselfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is his dog." Senator George Vest, 1870. Who would know this better than those that live and work with their dogs in order to better serve and protect us. Thanks for all you do.
Hi I'm a K9 Patrol/Explosives Handler in the South African Police. I enjoyed your website thanks. I'm also consedering imigration and work overseas as a K9 handler any sugestions are welcome ether by email or facebook thanks God bless
Hi my name is Amanda I am 19 years old and interested in becoming k9 officer I was hoping that you could give me some more information on becoming one and what the best degree would be to have.
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Kudos to you!
This is great-quite hero's. Best Friends-Gods gift to the human race.
Guys, great web site & service you provide. Thanks again take care and keep up the great job.
SGT Mark Nelson
I was in contact with you a couple of years ago regarding California Police K9’s killed in the line of duty that we honored and added their names to the Faithful Partner, The California K9 Law Enforcement Memorial. We are going to have another memorial ceremony on June 15th and we are trying to find some information on a dog that is already listed on the memorial. You also have him listed on your page, but it doesn’t look like there is much information. His name was KONIG, died in 1990, listed under San Bernardino, CA. We have a KONIG on the memorial, who died in the line of duty on January 12, 1990, but we show it as Pittsburgh PD in California. Do you have any additional information on this?
A little background on the Memorial. When it was first dedicated in 2002, one of our donors had it made and he came up with the list of dogs that we added that first year, however, he didn’t supply us with any background information on any of them. He is now deceased, so we are in search of information as we find it!
Thanks in advance for your help. We will be adding five K9’s to the memorial. I checked your list and you have all of them listed.
School of Veterinary Medicine-Development
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
My Partner FAX and myself Canine Specialist Derrick C Rhodes Sr.Cook County Sheriffs Dept,God Bless and Thank you!
I'm editor of the DogMan, a newsletter published online by the Vietnam Dog Handler Association. I'm working on a Memorial Day edition, due out June 1, which features much of the information and several photos from the Connecticut Police Work Dog Association's two pages of police and military dog handlers lost in the line of duty. I hope that's OK.
We've lost 25 military dog handlers in the last five years in Iraq and Afghanistan, and we wanted to pay tribute to them on this Memorial Day. Our members are not aware of most of the men (and one woman) who have been killed in action or died soon after returning home, possibly the result of post-traumatic stress syndrome.
If you'd like, I'll send you a pdf copy of the online newsletter when it is completed. Thanks for the wonderful tribute the Connecticut Police Work Dog
Association has done to recognize both police and military dog handlers. Your two pages are the most comprehensive I have seen anywhere, and I can
appreciate the work and dedication those pages require.
Great website. I have been a handler for about a year. I found my life calling and its being a K9 Handler.
I just saw the sight and want to say thank you. I just lost my Canine Alex on 05/23/11 RIP
Incredible website and wanted to say thank you for the amount of time that must have gone into this. Keep up the good work.
great sight. Can anyone tell me were I can get a patch like the military patch in memory of the vietnam dogs?
Great to see this organization. I was a K-9 handler in New Milford Conn during the 70's. Handled two K-9 dogs in that Department; "Xeno" and "Solomon" best years of my career. In my current position I get to interface with lots of K-9 teams, it is still deep in my blood..... I am at your service at any time to help out!!!
Hello and thank you for your work. I am starting something similar here in the UK as we have no K9 memorials to any service dogs can you give me any advice on how to get started I have lobbied Parliament and Politicians the MOD and Home Office any advice would be much appreciated the facebook page is Memorial in the UK to Service Dogs.
Thank you for your service.
Thanks for displaying all of the BCPD K9 patches. Awesome collection on the website.
Ofc. Eric Brennan & K9 Gunney
BCPD K9 Unit
I enjoyed looking at your website and viewing the Memorials.
Gail Snyder., U.S. War Dogs Assoc. Inc. Chapter 1 Western Region
Thank you for doing what you do. I've looked at your page quite a bit to see my boy's name there. Still tears me up. I'm handling a new dog now, K-9 Havoc. Its not the same, but he's very good and I still love it. Thanks again.
Burlington PD K-9 Unit
Proud handler of K-9 Alex 2005-2009. I miss you my friend, hope you're resting easy...
Served in the 354th Air Police Sqdn. K/9 Section 1961-1962 at Myrtle Beach A.F.B.
I thank you for including our U.S. War Dog Memorial.
USWDA Chapter 1
I see that you often post on a K-9 memorial site about K-9's that are killed in the LODD. I check that site weekly as I wish to pay tribute to those beautiful and courageous K-9's that work so hard to serve and protect. Plus, it gives me a chance to send my condolences to the Handler who grieves.
I am a family survivor myself. My father was shot and killed in the LODD when I was 7 years old. It has taught me to respect and honor officers, even K-9 officers, for their service and sacrifice.
So again, thank you for keeping us informed and for your service as well.
Special Agent J. Robert Porter
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Dan: Although I never had the honor of meeting you, it is clear from my encounters with the officers Milford Police Department that you were loved and respected, both as an individual and a professional. I feel I can speak for the entire fourth class of the Milford Citizens Police Academy in thanking you on this 24th anniversary of the end of your watch for your service and sacrifice.
Big Dan, I am sitting in an airport in Milwaukee thinking about you . I just logged onto Facebook..you probably dont know what that is ..well, maybe. Anyway, I was just reading all of the wonderful comments about you that many of your friends posted. I probably never told you this but I always wish and strive to be half the man that you were. . I have my faults as we all do and I know I dont come close to the kind of strong, dedicated, couragous guy that you were. I sometimes put myself in your shoes that night and try to feel what you were feeling as you pulled that dirtball over and stared down at a 44 Magnum. It takes a hero to be out in the middle of the night, alone, trying to protect everyone , even when many people dont respect what police do everyday. You are a true hero to all . Love and miss ya brother.
I sit here remembering my dad today who lost his life on this day. Then I remember Danny. We were part of the Pond Point Ave crew. We all hung out together. Danny was a so special to us all. He was simply the kindest, funniest and friendliest kid. I know we all share fond memories of Danny. I have the utmost respect for him and for what he did for this community. I'm know I am lucky to have known him he was a ..gift in my life. He was one of a kind, and will always be missed so deeply. Its almost nice to know there are two very special "angels" looking down on me.
Thank you for paying tribute to my husband Sergeant Ian Jones, I miss him so much.
Very nice tribute to all of them. Thank you. LCPL William Crouse is my brother.
God bless our troops!
Very nice site ,and a hello to all the sentry dog handlers who served at Aviano AB Italy ,7272th CSGfrom 63-67
Great site and some really moving memorials to our K9 and police colleagues. Keep up the good work.
Lewis (Ex Royal Air Force Police Dog Handler)
Santa Rosa, CA
Vietnam Security Police Life Member 361
366th SPS K-9 Association Webmaster
Da Nang, RVN 1969
Hello, my name is Seth Morrissey, I am the President of Castle Rock Fraternal Order of Police in Colorado. I wanted to thank you for having such a great site. Your K-9 memorial was an inspiration to us when we created a memorial for Jax, one of our Police Service Dogs. Jax was an amazing dog and was a celebrity in the community. He was recognized for saving his handlers life twice during his 8 years of service. Jax retired to a nice dog bed before getting an illness that he could not fight. We dedicated the memorial on October 2, 2010, which was an amazing community celebration. Here are some pictures of the memorial. Please feel free to add them to your site if you would like.
I want to thank you for having this sight. I am havinga military appreciation day on april 1 2011 from 1pm to 7pm and am printing out everything here to put up on our poster board.
God bless all of you for every thing you do for all of us.
J. Sickafoose Arcadia, Fl
I just saw the memorial you did for my retired dog Jeecho. I just happened to stumble upon it in a Google search. You also did one for K9 Huck who died recently. Our agencies lost Jeecho (Ret) in Oct, Cyndi (Ret) in Nov, Huck (Act) in Dec. and New Hanover SD K9 Kar in Jan. Our local units have had a rough last few months. It is comforting to know that other brothers and sisters across the Nation feel and understand the bond and the loss we've suffered. I can't thank you enough and maybe one day I will thank you in person. Please contact me if you ever venture down towards Wilmington. Thank you so much again.
Wilmington Police Dept
Just wanted to thank all you canine handlers for the tough job you do every day.
It's the best.
We just found this site and were thrilled to see our loved one on it.
Is there a way to add pictures? If so we would like to add a picture of Sean Cuccaro and his partner Ike to his listing.
Thank you for putting this together it was an honor for his girls to see this.
Debbie Amanda and Ashley Cuccaro
To The Mallory family;
My heart goes out to you. My brother in law was also a K9 officer who died suddenly. I can feel your pain. My prayers go out to you and all the brave officers who have gone home.
Thank you for keeping this memorial for all of our friends, both handlers and K-9's.
To Colonel Malloy
What a tragedy for all. May comfort come to those who loved and cared for you , as well as, all who will miss you.
I write from the Daily News’ website dailymail.co.uk to inform you we are doing a story on the touching tale of fallen Pfc. Rusk’s parents adopting the dog he handled in Afghanistan.
What a website you have.
To Colonel Greg Malloy,
You touched many hearts here at Okaloosa CI. You will missed but not forgotten. You always had a kind smile, helping hand and warm personality.
Thanks a lot, I'm a french K9 policeman, my english is really not perfect but I just like to congratulate you for you inplication in police work dog. Our work dog is not just a partner but a part of us. In french:" Le chien est le meilleure ami de l'Homme."
Thank you for your service and dedication all of you. Wonderful website honoring officers and their dogs. An appreciative public prays for you.
Let me thank you once again for the statistical information you supplied for my presentation as well as the information I obtained from your web site. It really enhanced my presentations in Nashville and I was able to do the same presentation again in Reno (NV) for the WSPCA at their conference.
Keep up the good work.....
Thanks and take care,
Sergeant Bill Lewis II (Retired)
Oxnard (CA) Police Department
Training and Consulting [TAC] Team, LLC
Facilitator for TacticalK9USA.com and TacticalDebriefs.com
Board Member & Region 1A Representative for California Association of Tactical Officers (CATO)
Great site .
The Niagara County Sheriffs Department is currently in the process of establishing a canine response team. The purpose of this team is to develop and train a core group of officers from multiple jurisdictions in canine function as to support the canine handler during high-risk deployments.
I am requesting any input in regards to this endeavor. (SOP’s, schools, training sessions, equipment, ect).
James K. Hildreth
Niagara County Sheriff's Office
716 438 3403 Office
716 628 4047 Cell
I was surprised to see my K9 partners name on your tribute list. He died from his second seizure. Thank you for having him there.
Officer Jason Dubernas
Old Forge Police Department
Jim: Thank you for all of the valuable information you've forwarded throughout the year. Much of this information is passed on to other handlers in my area. Excellent work!
If there's anything I can do for you, just shout. I look forward to meeting you some day.
Albany PD K9 (NY)
Jim, I would like to thank you for all your emails and end of year’s stats! You do a great job and the K-9 handlers in Rhode really appreciate it!
Matt and K-9 Roki
Thank you for maintaining the great website. We are a 501c(3) nonprofit that provides bullet and stab protective vests through PPE (Protective Products Enterprises out of FL) to law enforcement K9s.
You have great resources here and I have pointed many a law enforcement officer to your site. We looked for statistics for dogs killed in the line of duty for some time.
I am wondering if I may make a request to have our name/website listed on your site under K9 links/ products and services.
We would like to make more folks aware of our mission to provide the protective body armor to the K9s.
Thanks for your consideration.
Our website is http://www.vik9s.org .
Sandy Marcal, President
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.
Protecting K9s is our Priority!
I had found your website from a link on the Patriot Guard Rider site. That is how I found you to contact. I ride with the Patriot Guard Riders here in GA and have for the past 4 years. I love the memorial tributes you have posted there and took some time to read through some of them. I will be visiting your site again to read some more of them. They are beautiful and I appreciate your posting them.
Recently Lance Cpl Billy Crouse, IV and Officer Cane were killed in Afghanistan. Can you tell me what happens to Officer Cane? Can he be buried by his companion?
I really enjoyed this website ! It's beautiful and so informative. I want to get involved in helping these brave souls. Here in Michigan and across the country people have been hoping and praying that the missing State Police k-9 Off. Bane will return home to his partner, Trooper Jamie Bullis, Alpena Post in Northern MI. Bane is on Facebook, Find Bane, and also FindBane.com. Thank you to all the brave human officers and brave k-9 officers everywhere. Merry Christmas !
Came across your website accidentally. Made me understand the meaning of the word breathtaking. I found myself not breathing while I read about all the heroes, both human and canine. As some of the monuments say, "loyalty beyond words". Thank you for your service as well.
God bless you all.
Judy in Idaho.
I am a tracker dog handler @ the Fiji Police Dog Unit. I am hoping to be part of any international training programs for Drugs and Explosive detector dogs courses. Please email me if your department does this kind of programs, it will help us here at the Fiji Police Dog Unit fight the over expending Drugs and Crime organisations and broaden our knowledge on narcotic and explosive Dog training. We can also broaden your knowledge in exchange our training programs.
Congratulations. A very interesting and informative website! I'm a Police Officer from German federal police and a member of the IPA. I have one from each U.S. state of K-9 patches. In my collection I lack only one K-9 patch of the State of North Dakota. I have different K-9 patches from Germany, France and Austria. For an exchange I see myself very generous. Who can help get a K-9 patch (new or used) from the state of North Dakota? Identification as a police officer possible.
Viele Gruesse from Germany,
I don't know where to start so I'm starting with you. (I have a Dobe so I zeroed in on your pic). I am interested in learning how to train police/detection dogs & I don't know where to start. Does one have to be a police officer? I hope not as I am a little too old to start that career. If you could point me in the right direction I would appreciate it. Also, is it possible to observe a training session?
Dear Mr. Cortina,
I am interested in finding out if there are any types of adoption programs for dogs that have any kinds of issues and are not cut out for work dogs. Could you please let me know if any programs exist, and how I would go about contacting the appropriate people? Thank you ahead of time for your efforts!!
853 Chesterfield Rd.
Oakdale, CT 06370
Brian carragher was my uncle and did not in any way deserve for this to happen to him.
i need a blood wond ur amerecan buldog go to be whit american papers kan you help me
I have a question for you and I hope you can help me. I found your website while searching for some kind of memorial to give to the handler/owner of a recently fallen K9 Officer in our town. However, I'm having trouble finding this sort of thing and was wondering if perhaps you could recommend a place that offers these? I'm a veterinary technician at the local pet hospital that treats and cares for the K9s in our area and this guy, as all of them are, were pretty special.
I came across you web site whilst researching Military working dogs and I just want to congratulate you on the whole thing. You American's really know how to honour these animals. I am trying to get working and military dogs the recognition they so deserve here in England but it is very slow process. I have a web site (nothing like yours) which if you get chance I would love you to take a look at. I am really contacting you because I admire the depth that you take this subject to and I like to contact like-minded and dedicated people as it motivates me to know that you are out there and doing such a wonderful job.
Please take a look at margretbarker.co.uk (Margaret being spelt margret in this instance). I am not looking for anything other than encouragement and support for the campaign to get them commemorated properly with the soldiers they work. play and die with. I have been fund raising to get an Animal War Memorial in our town and that has already been commissioned and when the weather turns a little warmed work will commence (the sculptress has to work outside!) I admire how much you do for these men, women and animals, your patriotism shines through on you web site. Thank you for all that you do to keep their memory alive Hope to hear from you. You can "meet'' me and Echo on the web site as there is a little film on there.
The Miami Police Dog Memorial's dog is one of our sculptures as well as the Largo, Florida monument.
We shall alert you of other memorials as they are complete.
Arthur F Furman
I served with Danny in the US Air Force. We were at Technical School together as we trained to become dental technicians. We dated back then and I was absolutely heart broken when I heard of his death. All these years later I found this website and I am thrilled to see a beautiful tribute to a wonderful man. I think of Danny often and his sweet and gentle spirit always makes me smile. Rest peacefully huggie bear!
My name is SPC Devon Modrak, I'm a Vet Tech for the Army. I was just alerted to the following passing of a MWD I used to work with.
I am not sure exactly what documentation you need exactly but I was wondering if the following MWD could be added to your list of Working Dogs Passed.
Vasho F479, Fort Stewart, GA, Cardiac Arrest.
Please let me know if you need anything specific, I can call the Vet Clinic and request it.
Thank You so much.
SPC Devon Modrak
National Capital District Veterinary Command, HQ
Guardians of the Night
"Trust in me my friend, for I am your comrade"
Good morning James, my name is Steve McElwee. I Belong to Vietnam Veterans of America and the Viet Nam Vets M/C of Delaware. I’m putting up a War Dog Memorial on our 37 acres that we own in Townsend, De. I’m not really sure why I’m doing this as I wasn’t a Dog Handler when I was in Vietnam, I was on your web site and noticed all of the Dog unit patches that are listed, I wanted to have them scanned and have them laminated to put in a display case but some of them don’t print out clearly is there any way that you could send me a copy of the master Military Dog Handler Unit Patches that are on your web site? I’ll pay for them if I have to but that would make this project much easier. On our property we have an Huey Helicopter that was used in the movie We Were Soldiers it was the 3rd one out in the movie, we also have a memorial for some of our Brothers that went on before us. This is something I’ve wanted to do for about 10 years so I hope this will be a welcome tribute to the Dog Handlers from the Vietnam War. I hope that you will be able to help. Thanks for your time in this matter.
Stephen T McElwee Sr
21 ½ South New Rd
Middletown, Delaware 19709
Home e-mail *smcelwee4
New Castle County
Good Day All!
Wow! Your sight is very creative and interesting! Keep it Up! :)
I read an article this morning regarding the Fort Myers PD K9 killed in Florida. In the article, the reporter indicated that 86 police dogs have been killed this year in the United States and the article leads me to believe your association may have provided that information. I just visited the CPWDA web site and was not able to locate that information to confirm. Did you or someone from CPWDA provide those stats? If so, can you provide more information to me regarding the deaths or direct me to the source, including information with the name of agency and brief incident synopsis? I would like to do further research and perhaps utilize some of the information for the classes I teach.
Sergeant Bill Lewis II (Retired)
Oxnard (CA) Police Department
Training and Consulting [TAC] Team, LLC
Facilitator for TacticalK9USA.com and TacticalDebriefs.com
I'm putting a War Dogs memorial up in Delaware,and i've been trying to get Dog Handlers from De,Nj,and Maryland to loan me their unit patches so i can have them scanned.Were a Viet Nam Vets M/C any information will be helpful
I am writing to thank you for getting the story as accurately as it actually happened. My name is Marianne Gray and I live at the residence where the whole disastrous event began. Our local media slaughtered all truth in this incident. I know from what I've read that Deputy Deutch was a great man. In a town where corruption is rampant, those type of officers are few and far between. James was a good man and a great friend and I have to say it really ires me that Sabrina was never called out on all that she did to provoke this situation and not following a single order the police gave her. Thank you for listening and thank you for getting the story right.
Thank you for running such a wonderful web site!! Last year you had put one of our dogs, Niko - Lathrop, CA., who was shot in the line of duty on it and it really meant a lot. We would like to add another if possible.
My canine partner Bentho died August 23, 2010 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. I worked him to the very last day. August 22nd was his last day on patrol and he died in his sleep that night.
He was diagnosed exactly one month prior to dying. I was partnered with Bentho since July 2004 and we have been thru a lot together, so seeing him up here would be great. Let me know what document ion you need to put him on here and I will get it to you asap. Thanks again!
San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department
Canine Unit - K-20
Hello my name is mike freeman; i have a 7 mth east german shepard name dozier i need info on german commands
We are in trainng, and need your help PLEASE!!!!!
I am a dutch K 9 police- officer and I am working since 1993 with K 9 dogs, the most interesting police job there is, at least in my opinion. Today I visited your site, nice !
Greetings from the Netherlands to all k9 officers.
Glad I could finally get those photos to you of King Memorial Park. It was good to see it on the website. You're doing an excellent job. Keep up the good work.
We would like to link our site, which is the Alameda County Sheriff K9 Association. http://www.acsok9.org
Thank you for the police dog poem.
Was directed to your site via link from Nephew. Loved the poem. In memory of Alex - K-9 Cop, retired, Howard County Maryland *** Rest In Peace - you have served your master and your community well. Your job is done!
Hi, there. I am the office manager/managing editor for K-9 Cop Magazine.
I came across your website today and I would like to extend an invitation to your group to submit photos to us for publication in our magazine. We are looking for photos of k-9s of all sorts, mainly of the dogs in action. Photographers will receive proper credit for any selected and used. They will also receive complimentary copies of the issues that their photos are published in. We would also request a short description/caption of each photo telling us who is in the photo and what they are doing if it’s not self-explanatory.
If you or anyone is interested, the photos may be submitted either to this email address, or saved on disc and mailed to K-9 Cop Magazine at 7660 Old US Highway 45, Boaz, KY 42027.
Thank you for your time. I appreciate any contribution that can be made. It’s our readers who have made us great!
K-9 COP Magazine
Is there any way that my daughter and I could attend a training session of a police canine team? We live in East Windsor and heard that there were training locations in our area. She is graduating from Suffield High School on Sat. and attending UCONN in the fall. She is passionate about animals and is considering a career in law enforcement but wants to focus on dog training as well. I think it would be a great opportunity for her. Also, someone mentioned a school in ••••••••, dedicated to this field. Do you know the name of the school? Any information you could provide would be apprectiated.
I was reading through your web page (CPWDA) and I loved reading the poems and thought you might like to add my one. This poem started off as a 4 line epitaph when I heard that my first Police Dog that I had worked with for 8 years was to be euthanased due to severe osteo arthritis. Well 4 lines just didn't say everything I needed to say, so I strung several of them together and this is what I ended up with.
See poem: Why I Became A Police Dog Handler
Grant Teeboon 8156027
Military Working Dog Handler
RAAF Base Amberley
I came across this web site surfing the web and want to congatulate this association on a great site. It shows the great work these dogs and handlers do to protect us all whether on our own streets or over seas protecting our military. I usally don't spend a lot of time on a website but found myself checking out everything that was on the website.
Kudo's to all
Thank you for your wonderful website. I had no idea there were so many memorials for these wonderful dogs.
There is a very touching chapel dedicated to war dogs in Edinburgh Castle in Scotland, I haven't been the same since I saw it. Now I see I have some visiting to do here as well.
This is a beautiful site. Thanks for sharing it with us!!!
We hope to make you proud in our book. :)
My name is Tim. I am 20 years old hoping to become a police officer in the future. In my spare time I enjoy collecting patches from all over Connecticut. I recently came across a CPWDA patch in someone's personal collection. I would like to add that patch to my collection also. I was wondering if there was any way this would be possible. I will even pay or trade for one if need be. I understand you are all very busy so please take your time responding. Thank you for all you do for our state and citizens and I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you for your time.
Its definitely an area that hit home for me. My brother was a K9 cop in the Air Force for 8 years stationed out of Charleston AFB then Holloman AFB. He loved it and wants to get back into it as a civilian cop in Florida once he gets a house (currently owns a condo and cannot have a dog). I started donating when he transferred to Holloman and was due to go overseas. Thankfully, he never got sent as he got promoted to trainer but he watched plenty of dogs go over and some of the stories were amazing.
Thank you for providing this service.
I am 18 and about to graduate from high school. I have always wanted to train K-9 police dogs. How do i set myself up in education to do this?
Served in DaNang, South Vietnam from Nov '65 to Nov '66 assigned to Camp Tien Sha Security Force. Patrolled the Monkey Mountains, China Beach areas before they were considered secured with 3rd. Marines and their Scout Dog. I am a US Navy veteran, GMG2.
I am actively seeking an opportunity to fulfill my Extended Study Program as a senior at Notre Dame HS. I am considering a degree in criminal justice and would like a chance to work with k9 handlers or trainers or any other opportunity by volunteering for 2-3 weeks. Notre Dame extends this project as an opportunity to experience and research possible majors for college. I will be 18 years old at the start of the program in May. I am very reliable, a dog lover, and interested in an opportunity.
If you have questions regarding the program please contact Mr. Laput at Notre Dame HS.
I eagerly look forward to your response.
I found a wealth of information on your site. I am a handler from northern Virginia. I got all choked up over the K9 Poems and K9 LODD Memorial pages. I have been searching for informative K9 Association sites to help improve the Virginia Police Canine Association's website. Thanks to your site, I have found many improvements that we can also make to our site.
I spent quite a bit of time searching your site and others for research and found a ton of inspiration! I love the site and I'm so proud to have our KY Memorial included.
I was Air Force K-9 during Vietnam.
I have been on your web site and really like the Military Patches @:
Please tell me...how do I buy these patches? Or is this just for viewing?
Awaiting your reply...
Woodie W. Allen III
Ocean Springs, Ms
Former Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics Agent(MBN).....the website is AWSOME! An awsome tribute to our partners. I owe my life and the life of approximately 2 DEA Agents to my last one, K9- 2 "Rio". Thank you.
Just curious as to where you got the 1st Cav Division K9 patch that’s the first one listed under military. I am the original designer of the patch and am amazed to see how far it’s spread in just a few short months.
Ryan E. Stocklin, SSgt, USAF
Military Working Dog Handler
Thank you for your Service. All of you. K-9 and Human. Our soicety is better off because you are together.
Hi,my name is dave ,and i was wondering if any police units are currently using dobermans?
Dear Mr. James Cortina,
I am writing to you to inquire about any potential job offering opening at the Connecticut Working Police Dog Association. I am a graduate of the University of Connecticut with a degree in animal science. I have experience handling and working with dogs, as I was a puppy raiser for Guiding Eyes for the Blind. I have a desire to work with and possibly assist in training of police canines. If there are any openings, any information would be greatly appreciated.
Dear Officer Cortina:
I am a Redondo Beach resident, fine artist and dog lover. I would like to offer my work as tributes to the fallen and passed K9s. I can create traditional water color portraits or put together a painted collage as a tribute. These reproduce beautifully should the Police Department or the city wish to make them available as prints. I have attached a few samples of my work. The canines in the samples are clearly not police dogs, but the quality is apparent. I am working on some portraits of Shepherds I will be able to show you soon. I also attached a tribute I did for the history of El Segundo. This collage painting, as applied to a K9 and an officer, could tell their story in a nostalgic and tasteful way.
I look forward to your response and would be happy to meet at your convenience.
Outstanding. Simply outstanding
YOU HAVE A GREAT SITE. THANKS FOR HAVING IT... FOR ALL THE K-9 TEAMS OUT THERE, GOOD HUNTING...AS FOR MYSELF AND MY PARTNER YOU ALL ARE IN OUR PRAYERS. EVERY DAY WE GO OUT ON THE JOB IS A VICTORY, KEEP SERCHING FOR THAT( WISPER IN THE WIND).
I was wondering if you could tell me where I could go to watch a Schutzhund Demo? Or observe some training/practice sessions?
My boyfriend finds the work these dogs do fascinating but he's never seen it "in person" and I think he'd really enjoy observing what these K9's are capable of.
Thanks for your time,
Mr. Cortina, my name is Jerry Pope I am a Deputy Warden with the Utah Department of Corrections and a former Dog handler. Currently, I am a Board Member with the Utah Law Enforcement Memorial and we want to construct a memorial for our dogs killed in the Line of Duty. I found your website and was wondering if you had a policy I could review outlining the criteria your organization uses to determine eligibility for placement of a dog on the memorial. Any help or direction you can provide would be appreciated. Thank you
Deputy Warden, Support Services
Utah Department of Corrections
Hi, This is Benjamin Moore.
I enjoyed visiting your Website, and was very impressed with your content regarding pets.
I love to be around the dog and hope to have of my own. I really would love to be in the k-9 police service when i am older.
Having a German Shepherd of my own, I've grown a very strong admiration of the working dog as they are incredible members of society. Very intelligent and loving dogs. Keep up the good work in bringing these great animals into our lives.
Last Feb. my sister passed away. We had her mourning on Eglin Air Base. We all gathered at the War dog. It touched my heart so much. My brother in-law has 2 bricks there for the foundation. Justin Morrison. For his working dog Worko and another for his family (my sister) Justin and Jennifer Morrison. Thanks to him i am attending college for Criminal Justice to be K-9 police officer. I respect working dogs with all my heart.
I’m writing a story for the New Canaan News about the New Canaan Police Department’s efforts to acquire a canine for its force. I’m trying to track down a couple of statistics: how many working police dogs are there in Fairfield County; what is the average projected cost of a working police dog, either yearly or based on the average lifespan. Please let me know if you have any of these answers or if you can point me in the right direction.
Reporter, New Canaan News
Just read on article in one of the newspapers that mentioned your association on statistics of police K-9 deaths related to them being shot. Didn't realize the numbers were so high!
Your group has an incredible website!
Technical Skills Coordinator
Springfield Police Academy
The memorial looks great. Thank you for including John Paul, and for the links and story of K9 Argo, they were both one of a kind.
Ft. Worth Police K9 Unit
2500 N. Houston St.
Ft. Worth, TX. 76106
Wow, the pictures look great on your site! I managed to take advantage of those fall colors. It is a privilege to have "Ready to Serve" represented on the Connecticut Police Work Dog Association website, along with so many other memorials. Thank you again very much!
Dear Mr. Cortina:
I wrote an article about military working dogs a couple of months ago for my website and swiped some of the good photos of war-dog memorials from your website for the "memorials" sidebar. In going over my files for the article as I made some revisions today, I find I did not get permission from you to use those photographs. I thought sure I had written to you and gotten such permission, but I think maybe that didn't happen.
So this letter is to ask you for permission to use the photos. Each one is credited to the CPWDA, and I have a link to your website, as well. If you don't want me to use the photos, I'll still leave the link on the memorial page so people can go to your site and see the pictures. You have some really good photos!
The memorial sidebar is at http://www.legend-and-lore.com… .
Thank you, and please accept my apologies if I goofed,
Charles Wesley Orton
881 Majela Lane
Hemet, CA 92543
To Whom It May Concern,
My name is Haley Cohen and I am a junior undergraduate student at Yale University. I am the managing editor for a magazine on campus called The New Journal (you can check out our website at http://www.yale.edu/tnj ) and I am very interested in writing a piece on your K-9 training
I was wondering if I would be allowed to spend a day observing the training process and talking to the trainers and officers.
If you could let me know as soon as you can whether this would at all be a possibility i would really appreciate it as i am working on a deadline.
Thanks so much!
Yale University 2011
This site brings me to tears, my compliments. A real tribute to the working dog.
I'm a doghandler my self and working and training dogs for security services in the netherlands. I wish we had somekind of memorial places like this in the netherlands.
Again, my compliments
Jim, you are a champion - no one else has done what you do for the K9 handlers and their dogs for as long as you have done it - - so let me tell you that while we are both alive and I can say that to you - I am sure people in your profession have told you that - but I am not in police work - and I see it from other areas that they may not - if I wrote a book on people I admire you would be in it and a very big chapter.
Humane Society of Pinellas
3040 State Road 590
Clearwater, Florida 33759
I recently came across your web site. It is a good looking, very informative website.
Xe Services/US Training Center
I knew Officer James Armstrong...or as I called him...Officer Jimmy. I was 10 years old when Jimmy was killed, and my mom was the police dispatcher on duty that day. When Jimmy left the dispatch center that morning, he had forgotten his hat and I took it out to him before he went on patrol. When the incident happened, my mom had another patrol unit come pick me up from school. He was like a big brother as were the rest of the Bensalem officers (my mom had gotten divorced 3 years prior). Thank you for this incredible web site. I have gone on to become and EMT in VA, and work very closely with our local police. Unfortunately, I have known several other officers who have gone down in the Line of Duty since Jimmy. I mourn his loss and proudly wear a blue bracelet with his name on it every day.
Thank you very much for all that you do.
What a site! My compliments to you! An incredible number and variety of K9 Memorials.
I am very impressed with your site! My favourite has always been Guardians of the night. Although I am a Detective in Australia, I have never been a K-9 handler. I have owned a German Shepherd who was the most intelligent and loving dog. He was an obedience champion and assisted in finding many a lost person and victim through search and rescue. K-9 in Oz is very much a male dominated area still!! One day I hope that will change! Sadly I lost my companion 2 years ago to cancer but he will remain forever in my heart! Thanks for sharing this wonderful site!
When I google many things about working K-9'S or police K-9'S the CPWDA website seems to pop up most of the time. It just goes to show that you have a wonderful website. Many times I've been directed to this site and it draws me into reading some of the stories and looking at the pictures. The stories are sad but serves to remind us all of the dangers you people face in your profession every day. I do thank you for keeping us safe and in return hope each and every one of you return safely to your family at the end of your shift.
I was looking for an old school mate on Facebook, and I googled searched his name but a picture of a guy (BECK) kept popping up. So I clicked and it led me to this link. I am just a civilian, and my heart goes out the the men and women in law and arm forces. May peace be with them and their families.
I never really had given it much thought as to the dangers that you guys encounter on or off duty. But it is you guys, that make the world a better place.
As I read some of the stories and glanced at the pictures and ages of most, it was then that I realized that these people were truly angels and a blessing from GOD.
I don't know any of them personally, but I felt the presence of all them and their spirit lives on.
CPWDA and Jim,
I had the most fortunate opportunity to be the first Canine Officer for the Los Gatos Police Department, I was teamed up with the best partner I have ever had in my 28 years of police work, QUARZ. Quarz served 9 years of valuable service to me and the community of Los Gatos. I was able to keep him as a pet his last year and still miss him daily. I searched his name on the internet and found your wonderful website.
Jim, you did him proud by putting his name up and made it so I can share a little of him with others. The men and women that have the privilege of being a Canine Officer know that what I say about having the best job and best partner is true. Thank you and your Association for letting others see what we few get to embrace.
It was very nice that you have added my poem to your great web site. Would you please add my name to the poem. You have it Author unknown. The words are also not exactly how I have wrote the poem, if you would.
I think its great that you have added it to the K-9 heroes website.
I am sending you the web address to the K-9 war dog web site I have up, so you can read the poem and confirm that I wrote it.
Thanks & God Bless
"I Wait By The Gate"
Mr. James Cortina,
My name is Lisa Pudlo and I am interested in learning more about police dog training. I am planning on purchasing a German Shepard in the spring and look forward to raising and training one of my own. I am currently studying different areas of law enforcement by interacting with many different police officers as well as interning in the area of corrections at Osborn CI. After getting to know two CT State Troopers and their K9s very well I have become much more interested in learning more about police K9 training. I wanted to get in touch with you to see if you would be able to offer me any information about learning more and getting involved in training police dogs. Would any trainers be willing to let me shadow or work with them? Do you have any other recommendations for me? Thank you so much for your time and help.
Dear Mr. Cortina
We just discovered your wonderful web site ( K-9 Memorials ) & wish to THANK YOUR org !
I am looking for a special poem called "Nose Print" or "Nose Prints". It is about the k9 partner that has passed on. If anyone could help with this that would be great.
You are amazing Jim. Nice research and nice work. No wonder the CPWDA website is visited and enjoyed and appreciated by so many people. It's because of all the hard work you do. Nice job again.
John Z (EHPD) and K9 Axel.
Once again you have not only put us on the map but continue to keep us there with your tireless research and compilations. Very informative and just one more reason that the website will be visited. Great job!
Our city is currently building us a new K9 office and we are working to create a K9 patch display and it looks like you are the man to talk to….I have sent out some email request but just saw your impressive display on the web site. If possible could you send a patch to add to our collection and I can send one of ours back if interested. Also if you could pass the request on to other units you work with it would be much appreciated.
Sgt Billy Hodges
VBPD K9 Unit
2667 Leroy Dr
Virginia Beach VA 23456
I enjoyed your site. My daughter is in her 4th year Vet Tech program at Quinnipiac University, Hamden/Wallingford, CT. If thre is anyone in the CT area that could give her a tour and some knowledge about working dogs that could help in her Vet Tech situations, please let me know.
I am a volunteer mounted Deputy for Bergen Cty Sheriff, NJ. I am currently looking into adopting a MWD, who needs a good home to finish out his years and won't be euthanized. So I am reading a lot about working dogs to understand better. Regards and thank you to all of you service people and of course the dogs too! Woof, woof!
I would like to thank you and let you know that your list helped us identify California K9 officers killed in the line of duty that were added to the California Faithful Partner K9 Memorial located at the University of California, Davis. I did extensive research to find K9’s killed in the line of duty and with the help of Louise Velasquez, from the Western States Police Canine Association, we were able to contact the Agencies and/or Handlers to obtain the information and honor 11 K9 officers. Thanks for all your hard work.
School of Veterinary Medicine-Development
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
I was very impressed by your association's website and scope.
Gregory Salgado Heim
Thank you, Thank you, Jim! You are a lifesaver! I appreciate you taking the time to find us someone for our fundraiser on such short notice.
Co-Chair, D.O.G.G.S. Daze of August
I wanted to let you know I have received a lot of positive comments on the CPWDA web site and the presentation of the Wasson Award information. Wanted to pass that along to you and thank you again for setting that up with Ike and I.
I am wondering if you can provide our organization with some information. I am trying to find a Moving K-9 memorial unit to visit our Erie PA, in September to help our nonprofit organization celebrate an AKC Responsible Dog Ownership event.
If you could had any thoughts, or could point me in the right direction, I would appreciative.
Pat Van Zandt Christianson
Therapy Dogs United, Inc.
1932 B West 8th Street
Erie, PA 16505
As I was in the Military Police with the K-9 units it was so hard to give it all up. For all those in the line and dogs in the duty god bless you all and especialy you all for this wonderfull web site. Can you send me some sceensavers for the computer so I can see all the time what I am missing. My wife is german and is in the Police officer here in Germany and does the same stuff for the german train company. God Bless you all and the dogs and men and woman who lead them. As an x-ploice Officer these prayer stays in my heart and goes out to all the kolleges that put there dogs and self for us all on the line everday and night. Thanks
I am an inspector in the South African Police Service Dog unit and iwas amazed to see the name of my friend ROLF on your web site. Rolf was shot while protecting me and my partner while chasing armed robbers. He was a trained patrol/explosive dog, german shepard 4years old. I miss him so much. I feel very honourd to have his name on your web site.
Good morning Jim, was looking at a memorial Lulu Krause did for my Fidelco dog when I saw your name. I met you years ago I think back in 2000 while doing a Fidelco function at a school in CT. I have since raised 4 Fidelco pups and taken in 2 retired fidelco guides. All have done well. In April I lost my much loved jet black shepherd Cole ( you can see his photos on the K-9 memorial page Lulu does for this year 2009 letter c). The love of my life and my heart still aches missing him. Still share my home with 2 other retired Fidelco guides, Freidal and Git Ander. Had raised both. Both graduated and went out as guides. Now Freidal is home and retired because of seizures and Git Ander was retired young when her person became too ill to take care of her. Hope all is well with you. I just remember how nice you were and how much you admired our Fidelco foster pups at that time. Sure do miss the puppy raising but devote my time and energy now to the retired heroes I share my home, life and heart with. Take care ! Donna and retired Fidelco guide dogs Freidal and Git Ander and at the rainbow bridge but forever in my heart. Cole retired Fidelco guide dog and my best friend.
Thanks for this wonderful site. Bless all of you for your work.
My name is Matt Scales. I am a Staff Sergeant on temporary assignment with the Air Force Historical Research Agency at Maxwell Air Force Base. I came across your website while researching USAF MWD Marco. I was wondering if your list is complete for dogs KIA or if you knew of any other USAF dogs that were killed in action. Also, if you don’t mind my asking, where does your information come from? So far the only dogs I have that were actually killed in action is Marco and Arras. I added Akki since he was killed in the AOR and not euthanized.
The reason I ask is here at AFHRA, we are working on a research project entitled "Airmen at War" which will tell the Air Force's story from 11 September 2001 to 31 December 2008. While the majority of the study will focus on aviation, I wanted to try and add any stories I could find about working dogs. I have compiled a complete list of USAF personnel killed in action but I would like to try and create such a list of working dogs as well. Also, I don't mean any offense to other services dogs or handlers, it's just that this is an Air Force study. Any help you can provide in this area would be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much.
SSgt. Matt Scales
Air Force Historical Research Agency
Maxwell Air Force Base, AL 36112-6424
(334) 953-5152 or DSN 493-5152
Congratulations to Officer Johnson and his K9 Dibbs for a job well done at the Connecticut Police Canine Olympics. The family enjoyed the day and was very entertaining. We thank you for your professionalism and what you do for all of us everyday to protect us.
Hi-I'm an American now living in Queensland, Australia where I run a security comnpany that specialises in providing K9-teams to the private security industry. I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed visiting your site, and that I got some very useful information. I'd also like to pass on my best wishes to all K9 handlers, be they Police; Corrections; Military or Security-God Bless and stay safe from Mike & K9 "Ranger".
I WAS ASKED TO WRITE A MEMORIAL POEM FOR A SPECIAL DOG THAT DIED OF CANCER THAT WAS THAT GREAT FRIEND AND HELP MATE TO A HANDICAPPED COUPLE. SINCE THEN MANY PEOPLE HAVE ASKED FOR THIS AND FRAME IT FOR A SPECIAL DOG THEY LOST A ANIMAL CLINIC USES IT FOR EVERY DOG A FAMILY HAS LOST. I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE THIS TO ANY GROUP TO COPY AND SHARE. WALTER C. STOUT POET FELLOW.
Just wanted to say I like your site and maybe one day, God willing I will be a police officer in my home county.
There are times that I feel people don't understand the bond and respect that I have for animals and this website just makes me feel so "justified" in the love that I feel for them. I just want to mention the reason why I found this website was because I met a K-9 officer and his police dog, Duke, at the pet store yesterday and it made my day!!! The stories on this website are so awesome to be shared with us. I just hope in the future that our "war" dogs do come home instead of being left behind. That really bothered me. Thank you and your dogs!
I just looked at your site and saw my police dog "Austin" (Golden Retriever) (memorial ). I was very proud and not ashamed to say I had a good cry. It's been a little over a year since he left this world. Very nicely done on the web site.
Jim Minton, Chief Pilot
Senior Law Enforcement Instructor
My name is Kinga Bednarczyk and I am a Criminal Justice Student at Central Connecticut State University. I am writing you with hopes that at CPWDA, internship possibilities are available. As my senior year quickly approaches, I am required to complete 130 hours of an unpaid internship. It would run from September to December - along with a class we have to take once a week. I do understand that taking on an intern is a big responsibility and that there are lots of rules and regulations. I want nothing more than to be an asset instead of a hindrance. My question to you is are you aware of are any internship opportunities that I could take advantage of at your organization? I am very interested in your line of work and it seems exhilarating and rewarding. I am an avid dog lover and have a great interest in criminal justice. Training these dogs to be the keen and intelligent animals that they are would be an experience of a lifetime - even if it was not hands on. It would be the most amazing opportunity for me to work with your organization to try and prepare these dogs ready to help fight crime. Although I am still unsure of what possibilities are out there, I would love to be able to get a taste of what this field has to offer. I thank you so much for taking your time to read my email and trying to help me out. If you have any questions feel free to call me at 860 869 9279 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our company has produced beautiful,custom-made, life-size, bronze sculptures of K-9 dogs for various cities. Please click through to the link to our website to see examples of those sculptures.
If any of your member organizations have interest in such a sculpture, please have them contact me.
Arthur F Furman
Ethel A Furman & Associates
Great site ! I recently put down my partner and best friend Rex, he was 14 1/2 , we retired together 4 years ago. Your site reminded me of how much we miss our trusted friends.
Sante & Rex
Being a Patrol/Explosives dog hadler in South Africa and reading the links and posts on this site I would like to thank each and everyone who added to this this wonderfull site for the devotion and love for police and working dogs all over the world. Sites like these makes us proud to say we are K9 Law Enforcement Officers,
Thank you once more for a great site
Sgt. Ian de Koker
South African Police. K9 Unit
Major ground is being gained in the fight to honor our K9 Veterans of all sorts, from all of our wars, to include the present war against terror, and to give everlasting thanks for their service and sacrifice in defense of our precious freedoms. The goal is to make March 13 - K9 Veterans Day, as March 13, 1942 is the official birthday of the United States K9 Corps, and progress is mushrooming. The initial ground was broken one year ago as Jacksonville, FL became the first city in the nation to declare such a day, followed closely by Panama City, FL, Pemberton Township, NJ (first in NJ), Sarasota County, FL, Largo, FL, Clearwater, FL, and the city of St. Cloud, along with a proclamation from the Governor of Florida, setting the standard for all other states to follow. And now the effort is gaining ground across the country, as Cincinnati, OH, and San Diego, CA became the first cities in Ohio and California to agree that these Veterans deserve their day of thanks. Now this effort was born in Jacksonville, home to k9veteransday.org, but clearly all of America knows that these Veterans also deserve to be thanked.
The German Shepherd Dog Club of America has now joined the fight, and they are calling on all dog groups to participate with them, as they know that their breed may be one of the most recognized breeds to have served, but that dogs of many breeds have done the same, to include the mix breeds that did our Country proud on the battlefields of WW II. The GSDCA has offered to help in any possible way, recognizing that this memorial organization is not seeking donations, and is therefore dependant on others to help, just as the dogs of war asked for nothing but love. An effort therefore will be launched to have their members work towards adding Cities and States all across the Nation, to speak as one for the dogs, who literally have no voice of their own. And here again the support of other breed groups, working dog groups, Police K9, Border Patrol K9, Search and Rescue K9, and others are encouraged to join this most honorable endeavor.
And in this day of negative press with regards to dogs in general, there can be no greater positive than to say that, “Dogs are Veterans too!”
I too remember the day Officer Wasson was gunned down!!! Such a horrible day in Milford History but also this day was noted as a remarkable memory of a wonderful and caring Officer. Daniel Wasson rest in Peace
I like this site.
Great site for any police K-9 handler with great info. We are trying to start a canine association in our state and hope that someday it can be compared to your website. Keep up the good work.
Wow you have to know how valuable that is – and those stats collectively tell a message that has to be told –to the public, the media the veterinarians the businesses the legislators the governors – the pet industry that has the grants the veterinary supply vendors that are rich like Pfizer and anybody that ever was loved by a dog. Your work today is your legacy tomorrow and marching orders for its use – it is exactly like looking at the roll call of names – on the war memorials - and the feelings that come from that alone elevates their status. For you to enter all that data alone you know every story – none gets past you- all those decades of work – has the potential to benefit your dogs all over – that is a significant humane achievement worthy of recognition beyond your peers and your work.
As a canine handler for many years, I would like to compliment your association and appreciate all you do. I speak for many in our K9 group that often go to this website.
Dear Sir or Ma'am:
I would like to request that you add the following link to your K-9 Associations page:
Name: Alabama Law Enforcement Canine Association
We are in the very early stages of our association and any assistance or input you may be able to provide is greatly appreciated!
SGT Kevin R Turley
City of Heflin Police Department
Patrol Supervisor / Patrol K-9 Handler
I am currently attempting to establish a K-9 Unit for my department here in Texas. I am looking for a non-aggressive narcotics dog. Breed not important. I work for a small department in a income challenged area. I would appreciate any grant or donated dog information you may have. If possible send me a quote for 1-narcotics dog and training for me.
Thank you for your time,
Officer Larry Witkowski
Would you be able to get me in touch with Sgt. Scribner? I'm writing an article on service dogs and remember speaking with him once before, but no longer have his cell phone number handy.
Hello Mr Cortina
I have attached some photo's of my father with his K9 (Jason) who he died with. I believe the photo's in the helecopter were taken in recognition of the number of flight hours they had done. One of these photo's is the one you already have but a better, restored version and the other is a demonstration event where they put the dogs through an assualt course (for the families to watch).
I hope these are of use to you, and if I think of anything relevent I shall drop you an email.
Thank you for honouring my dad. It never ceases to amaze me the camaraderie that exists between those who work in this field. I'm sure he'd have been grateful.
I am AGENT VALENTE “JET” G CARIÑO, Officer-In-Charge of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) K9 Unit, we are currently revitalizing my unit with the intention of transforming it into a more efficient and more effective against narcotics detection.
In this regard, we hope you can help us attain this by offering us a Narcotics K9 trainers training course to at least one (1) PDEA K9 personnel.
Our Agency will shoulder the expenses of our personnel.
AGENT VALENTE “JET” G CARIÑO
Great site . just a big fan of german shepherd dogs , and a proud owner of two beautiful k9s love to read the stories. thanx
I was an AES Dog Handler in Northern Ireland in the 80's I found your site by chance & was surprised to find our lads on your memorial page, a number of whom I knew. I would just like to thank you and let you know if you are interested that the “Army Dog Unit NI” now have their own site set up by a couple of ex handlers Eddie Shinton & Alan (Mac) McClinton http://www.armydogunit-ni.co.uk . Again thanks for including our lads on your site.
All the best in the future,
Steve (Willy) Wilson
Awesome website. Keep up the great work. Are you guys interested in trading patches? I'm a handler in the NYPD Transit Bureau K-9 Unit. I would love to see our units patch on your site. Check out our units website http://www.TRANSITPOLICEK9.com Stay safe guys.
Hi Jim.... Just want others to know how dedicated you are and that you have one of the very best K9 sites on line!
Ran across your site my private security company just incorporated K9 teams and I secured a Dutch Shep. as my dog and in process of being LE certified Canine handler, and Certified LE K9 they are just amazing! A partner that shows up on time and works tirelessly and all that they ask is attention and love. Keep up the great site was extremely informative. Thanks Doc
Dear Web Master:
I came across your website after following some links for dog training at Lackland Air force Base. I grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut and I go back and visit my mother who lives next to Byram Park. If you have not seen the statue of "Yogi" the police dog, you may want to seek it out. I could not find a picture of it on the web. In any case, it would be a nice addition to your monument page--and one from Connecticut. The statue was placed in a quiet area, a rock outcropping, near Byram Beach. You may need to ask the park gate keeper where it is, if you have never visited the park.
I really appreciated the monuments page on your website and I had no idea that so many existed--and one should be placed on the Washington Mall, in my opinion.
Marc C. Wagner
Hi. I was just browsing the net after seeing an interesting video and I googled my dads name. One of the links brought me here where he had an entry. Brian Criddle, my father, died in action in Northern Ireland in 1973 and I was really too young to know him at the time (I was 3 months away from turning 1). I was very moved to think that his memory would be honoured so far away from the country he served. Thank you
Absolutely the best !
Just dropping by to see your site, awsome, like it very much.
Hey Bill...how the hell are ya? I miss training with you guys!
Hey Jim, I'm still checking out your website, it's still beautiful and I'm still passing it on to other handlers. Thanks so much for adding Brian Putman and Rasko and Rudy to your website.
Seeing Rasko's name on your list brought tears to my eyes and the memories of him flooded me. I still miss him. It's true what they say, you never forget your first, he's always the best. Rudy's handler also told me to thank you. Your hard work is greatly appreciatted. Keep up the good work.
Hello Mr. Cortina,
I'm writing to you today to ask about the possibility of a K-9 team from the Connecticut Police Work Dog Association attending our upcoming Run for Rescue. The event is on Saturday April 25th and is held at Quassy Amusement Park in Middlebury. This year 's event is the 7th annual and it has gotten bigger every year.
We have had K-9 teams from local Police Departments and search & rescue teams from Newtown Search & Rescue provide demos in past years but we thought your organization sounded like it fit nicely into our mission to educate the public. We hope you will consider us. If you would like any further information, please don't hesitate to contact me For more information on our organization, please visit our website - http://www.animalsforlifect.org . Thanks.
Patrick A. Lydem
Volunteer Coordinator and Run for Rescue Co-Chair
Animals for Life, Inc.
I have been reviewing your amazing website and I think it is an incredible tribute to all Police K-9s. I work for the Village of Park Forest in Park Forest, IL. We are in the process of opening a dog park and would like to have a memorial statue made for all the Police K-9s that have served on the force, especially those that are deceased. There are some incredible statues on your site that would be perfect for what we are thinking. Are you aware of any of the ‘manufacturers’ of any of them? Any help you could give would be much appreciated.
Thank you so much,
Anna M. Soloff
Park Forest Recreation and Parks
350 Victory Drive
Park Forest, IL 60466
we have a working gsd male puppy for sale, 3 months old. We want to sell him to "working hands".
There is a short video clip of this puppy male :
His father Blek :
Vera Ben Izhak
Kennel Lev Praee
+972 50 444 94 97
I'm a member of the Belgian police force but also I'm a passionate dog lover from the country of the famous Malinois and the haviest competition of the world, the Belgian ring. Our approach have caused that the Belgian malinois is the number one service and allround sport dog. We have also created a high standard of dog equipment that face the challenges in the handling and training of the dogs in the ring sport, wich is the base for most K9 dogs. Maybe I can help you with some nice stuff!
Now we can say we have the finest craftsmen for dog equipment in the world, especially for the professional use. I'm trying to offer those things to the growing market of dogsport. Maybe you can let me know if you're interested in handmade sleeves, suits, leashes, muzzles.... and much more.
'we make what you ask'. As we're are world wide known for our outstanding quality of dog equipment, we produce a lot for other brands and marks. All our stuff is hand made, sewed, weaved to measure of the client. As every demand has it's specific demands we emphasis on our manufacturing skills and it's impossible to make an inventory of all our goods.
Of course there is a range of product that is rather standard but to give you an idea we have already made over 700 (!!) variations of sleeves!! We make arm and leg sleeves for puppys and young dogs to adult dogs, in jute or synthetic, with or without closure (velcro or ring), normal thickness or XL, with or without handle,.... We have a range of over 40 variations of muzzles, open and closed, with or without steel bar, suits (training, competition, mondioring, belgian ring,...), tugs... And all hand made to assure the high level of quality as our malinois is standing for!!!
I'm convinced that I can offer you the best price/quality on the market.
My name is Paul Abramson and I am a member of A Way to Play Agility Club located in Murrells Inlet, SC. I am trying to compile a small cook book consisting of ORIGINAL homemade dog treats from Canine enthusiasts across the Globe for our fundraising and Trial events. If you know of anyone that would be interested in submitting a recipe I would greatly appreciate it. Any amount can be submitted. I will do my best to include all recipes. I am shooting for 100 recipes that will include Dog Clubs, Agility clubs, Obedience, Rescue, etc. and anyone who will summit a recipe from across the World. Size of book will be 5x7. All submitters will have the opportunity to purchase the cook book when published. If any recipe is copyrighted I will need permission to reprint it. Please pass this on to anyone who might be interested.
Thank you very much,
I also share the 2008 stats you had with our training group and many of the handlers were encouraged to see that someone is keeping track of the info. It appears to me that over time, and as more handlers learn of your work the stats will only become more and more accurate as other handlers report to you about their partners,
Thanks, and I will stay in touch,
Hi I came a crossed your site its cool I collect k-9 patches and state police patches you have 2 New Jersey State Police K-9 Patches. Where did you get the Narcotic Bureau Narco Detector Dogs patch? Hope to hear from you.
I just want to say THANKS!! to all the Officers and their K9's that have lost there lives or lost a loved ones life. For thier hard work and dedication to protecting the public and the USA. You will always be missed and you will never be forgotten!! I have just started my career in Law Enforcement and hope to become a K9 handler one day.
Always like to watch the dogs do such good work.
stay safe all
I have been a police officer in the city of Providence RI for 14 years and a explosive detection K-9 handler for 6 years. I am interested in any training that is avaiable in the area or if anyone wants to join us here Contact:
*lincsisson or 401-640-6177
Just FYI, my K9 was recently diagnosed with cancer. Our local newspaper, The Capitol, was working on an article about him. I gave the reporter, Lisa Beisel, your contact information and your 2008 stats. She may try to contact you via email, and assurred me that anything she uses off it, she will give credit to you and your organization. Thanks again for everthing,
Cpl. Chris Tucker
Annapolis Police K-9 Unit
199 Taylor Ave
Annapolis, Md 21401
Just want say it is a great site. I am a Vietnam Veteran Doghandler and prestly handle a search and rescue dog (GSD).Your K-9 patch area is great and I found our SAR team's patch. Was also impressed with the Military patches.
Once again, great site, keep up the good work.
My name is Amanda Grega my friend and I, Tiffany Goleck are Girl Scouts in the Southbury, CT Mega Troop 64220. We both love animals and for our Silver Award, we want to work on something that deals with animals. The tenative title to our project is "Helping Each Other, Animals Helping People and People Helping Animals". We were planning on teaching the community about the C.P.W.D.A k-9 dogs and how the community can help in return with some type of fundraiser for the dogs. We are still looking into this project and we were wondering if you have programs that involve teaching children and senior citizens about the C.P.W.D.A k-9's.
If you could can you please contact us back at the above adress, *tmg225
Amanda Grega and Tiffany Golek
My name is Lena Toritch and I am the sculptor who created Utah Law Enforcement Memorial and a female K9 officer statue you show on your website. Please add my name to the image. There’s an additional info about this statue on my website, this statue is one of my three bronze memorial statues at Utah State Capitol. You have my permission to put a link to the page showing the whole police memorial. If you wish I can provide some up close photos and different angles of the statue and images from the dedication. Feel free to contact me with any questions. Let me know.
Young Fine Art Studio, Inc.
967 West, Euclid Ave.
Salt Lake City, UT 84104
I am trying to locate a patch, like the one on your site (link attached), labeled as K-9 Unit 2 (in Gold). Is this an item you sell or can you point me in a direction of who dose have them.
I also need to know the size. It will be used as a patch on the back of a jacket.
CPT Mikki Bishop
Henry County Police
108 South Zack Hinton Parkway
McDonough, GA 30253
I was the K-9 handler at the Kings County Sheriff's Department. You have him listed in 1996 without a cause. The cause of death was shot by hostile gun fire.
Jeff Stamper, Investigations
Kings County District Attorney's Office
1400 W. Lacey BLVD.
Hanford, CA 93230
I was detection dog handler at Clark AB in 1973-19755, at that time was the militaries largest working dog kennel. I worked a large blonde Belgium Shephard named "Blue", ser# 4B10. As a teem we caught more then 20 intruders on base and countless discovery of illegal durugs. I will never forget the bond Blue and I had formed, to this very day one of the hardest things I ever did was leaving him behind to come state side. I understand that Clark AB is now cover with the ash from the volcano. Directly across from the kennel was a cemetry for the dogs that ended their tour of duty there. I often wonder if Blue is laid to rest there or if he was transfer to a different base. The handler that took over with Blue was Charles Delashment. I hoped Blue served as proudly for Charlie as he did for me.........Greg Shafer 573-480-1330
First I would like to thank you for this wonderful website.
I am currently a K9 handler in the Kandahar Province of Afghanistan, working with NATO forces at a Forward Operating Base. I have included 2 patches that I designed while here.
I have also included a Walt Disney World K9 (Nomad Unit) patch. I worked for them prior to coming out to Operation Enduring Freedom. Their patches are embroidered onto their shirts, very controlled item.
I noticed that you have a Pearl Harbor Police patch in your collection under the city police section. I was just wondering if it would be to much trouble to have that patch in the military section? That patch was designed by me while stationed at Pearl Harbor as a Military Working Dog handler. We wore woodland BDU's while on duty. When called in while off duty, we would just slip on Blue Navy coveralls over our civilian attire. To look more professional we obtained permission to create a K9 patch for the coveralls.
Again thank you for this web site.
Douglas Allen Klein
American K9 Detection Service
United States Navy, 12 March 1990 - 25 July 1996
My name is Erik Braunitzer from the DUI Foundation (501(3)(c) non-profit). I located your website through a Google search and was interested in achieving a link. You can contact me back at this address at any time. I'd be willing add to your already reputable and rich
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Syracuse, NY 13202
Hello, My name is Adam Barry and I am a Police Officer for the City of Santa Monica in California. I am also a K9 Officer with a crossed-trained Malinois, who works both patrol and explosives detection. The reason I am writing this email is to see if it would be possible to purchase one of the K9 patches that you offer on your website. I am looking for a patch to go on the right sleeve of my K9 bomber jacket and would like to purchase the, "Explosive Detection 2" patch that is in the miscelleneous section, under police patches. If this is possible, I would like to purchase two of these patches. One would be for my jacket and the other patch would be for my partner's jacket, who is also a bomb dog. I really hope you can help me with this, because I really like that patch.
Thankyou and I hope to her back from you soon.
Officer Adam Barry
This site brings back memories of the old job I loved. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.
I was wondering if I might be able to use the photo of East Hartford Police Officer Todd Mona and his k-9 Primo for a broadcast? We would give appropriate credit for the photo. The two were injured (expected to recover) in an overnight incident.
160 Wells Avenue
Newton, MA 02459
Couldn't help but notice all the causes of death of canines that are listed. Glad there is a list so others can look at and take notice and maybe save a canines life and also to pay tribute to them. There are many on the list that I know or have worked with. During the year I often check the website to see how things are going in this area. Great stats, keep up the good work !
I found your name and email through the CT Police Working Dog Association web site. I have a 6 month old GSD male who I would like to introduce to Schutzhund training when he is old enough. Would you be able to recommend a club? I live in Madison, CT.
Thank you very much for your help.
There are a lot of outfits that sell patches that I buy or swap from that don't have all the ones you have on your website. I came across your site last night as I was looking for something else. What a great website. I work for CHP and I don't know if CA has anything like this.
To whom it may concern,
I would be very much interested in purchasing any or all of the Military k-9 patches if they are available. I was in the Marine Corps and I have been collecting unit patches since the 70's when I got out.
Can you advise me where they can be purchased if they are available.
Thank you for your assistance,
Thank you so much for the picture you emailed us of my late son, Key West K-9 Officer Kieth Rendueles. We used this picture at the memorial service that we had here in Tampa for the rest of Keith's family. I appreciate very much the kind words you wrote in Keith's obituary guest book at TBO.COM, and your thoughts and prayers during this very sad time. Mr. Cortina & the Staff at the Connecticut Police Work Association, hope you know how much your thoughtfulness is appreciated.
Robert & Lisa Rendueles
& Michelle Cook
I was wondering if there is any opportunities to work with the dogs? Volunteer or employment?
Brian E. Thurz
I was a canine officer many years ago and would like to say what a wonderfull website dedicated to law enforcement, canine officers and police canines.
What an incredible site. I am a physically disabled woman in CT and my town just got our very first K9 unit a couple of years ago. I am also greatful to know that the K9's partner's
dog's are "NOW" wearing bullett-proof vests as well. They deserve as much protection as our 2-legged officers who protect us as well.