Category Archives: K-9

Working Dog Radio: Vietnam Military Working Dogs

Photo via Working Dog Radio
Photo via Working Dog Radio

A friend of mine co-hosts this podcast, and I thought this episode, in particular, might be of interest.

Who here has heard of the K9s left behind in Vietnam? ⁣This episode is in honor of a very special MWD Stormy, and her lasting legacy. ⁣

Episode 144:⁣ The Pledge⁣ with Ron Aiello
⁣Your Working Dog Radio hosts, Eric @vanessk9 & Ted @ted_summers, sit down with US Marine Vietnam Veteran, and co-founder of The United States War Dogs Association, Inc., Ron Aiello. ⁣ Continue reading Working Dog Radio: Vietnam Military Working Dogs

Braintree, MA K-9 Unit Receives Grant Following K-9 Kitt’s Death

Cain, a dog purchased by the Fortuna (CA) PD with the help of a grant awarded in 2020.  Photo:  AKC Reunite
Cain, a dog purchased by the Fortuna (CA) PD with the help of a grant awarded in 2020. Photo: AKC Reunite

AKC Reunite, the largest non-profit pet identification and recovery service provider in the United States, is pleased to announce a $7,500 donation to the Braintree Police Department in MA through its AKC Reunite Adopt a K-9 Cop matching grant program. Funds were raised by contributions from the South Shore Kennel Club and community members, with AKC Reunite matching donations at a three-to-one ratio. This donation comes in the wake of the death of K-9 Kitt, a 12-year veteran police dog with the Braintree Police Department who was shot and killed in the line of duty this past June. Continue reading Braintree, MA K-9 Unit Receives Grant Following K-9 Kitt’s Death

Help Jet Come Home!

Photo:  DPD
Photo: DPD

From Doylestown (Wayne County, Ohio) Police Department:

Jet is our retired K9. She is a black German Shepherd and lives with her handler in the State St./Romig Rd. area. She managed to escape from her crate and out a partially open window/screen sometime Sunday evening. She is friendly, but by this time she is probably scared. Please share this post with anyone who may live, work, or travel in the State St./Romig Rd. area. If seen or located please do not attempt to capture, contact our dispatch at 330.658.2771, and ask to be connected to the officer on duty. A reward is being offered.

Please keep your eye out if you’re in the area.

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Are You Ready For Some Football?

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K-9 Gradje

If you’re not a regular reader, you might not know I live in Canton, Ohio, home of the Professional Football Hall of Fame. It’s so exciting every year to welcome the new and old enshrinees and host the first game of the pre-season.

These K-9 teams from Canton and surrounding areas have been at the stadium since early this morning, and most will work a minimum of 60 – 80 hours over the course of the week-long celebration.

(All photos property of Police K-9 Association)

K-9s Conan (L) and Tucker (from Akron Children's Hospital)
K-9s Conan (L) and Tucker (from Akron Children’s Hospital)

Continue reading Are You Ready For Some Football?

US Police Canine Association Partners with AKC

BigStock Photo
BigStock Photo

From The Dog Lady’s mailbag: The American Kennel Club (AKC®), the world’s largest purebred dog registry and leading advocate for dogs, is pleased to announce that the U.S. Police Canine Association is the newest organization associated with the AKC. The United States Police Canine Association (USPCA) is the largest and oldest police dog certification organization in the United States.

“AKC is honored to collaborate with the USPCA,’’ said AKC President and CEO Dennis B. Sprung. “They protect our citizens, strive to educate the public on many important dog-related topics, and are an integral part of communities. We are very proud to be affiliated with them as the nation’s oldest and largest Police K-9 organization.’ Continue reading US Police Canine Association Partners with AKC

Beagle Brigade

Meet the Beagles who search for smuggled goods at Atlanta’s Hartsfield Jackson Airport.

Customs and Border Protection uses Beagles for a couple of reasons: they are not as intimidating as other K-9s like German Shepherds, and they eat less than the larger dogs. Each Beagle goes through a training period of 10-weeks with the paired handler. During the training, handlers become familiar with the dog before they are put to work at their respective port of entry. Each pup can find various plants, meats, fruits and vegetables, and the training doesn’t stop once they are certified. These canines and their handlers have to recertify every year.

Retirement age is about 9 years old, although because they use exclusively rescues, they really don’t know how old the dogs are. The biggest criterion is whether or not they retain their motivation to work for food rewards. (I could still be working at age 58!)

Gotta love those little noses on four legs.

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!