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.
Here in Stark County, Ohio, we are very fortunate to have the Children’s Network, a place where children of abuse can prepare for trials and work through their trauma. Founded in 1987, the Children’s Network Child Advocacy Center of Stark County (The Network) is a community partnership of caring professionals from child protective services, local law enforcement agencies, prosecution, victim advocacy, mental health, medical and support services. These professionals work together in one location to help children and their families cope with exposure to violence, sexual abuse and severe physical abuse by offering comprehensive, coordinated services in the investigation and prosecution of these cases and the treatment and aftercare services available to these children and their non-offending family members.
And The Network is very fortunate to have Sheba, a therapy dog who helps calm children as they try to put their shattered lives back together. Isn’t she beautiful?
Those of you who’ve been following this blog for awhile will remember Jethro, a Canton police department K-9 officer who was killed in the line of duty. His memorial stone has now been placed at the cemetery where all local K-9 officers are laid to rest. Very handsome sculpture of a very handsome dog. (The PK9A logo is for Police K-9 Association, which is instrumental in training and supporting K-9 Officers and their handlers in Ohio.)
Incidentally, I ran into Officer Ryan Davis the other day with his new K-9 partner, Tuko. Unfortunately, Tuko isn’t nearly as social as Jethro was, so I was unable to play with him, but he’s doing a great job learning his new duties.
And, every dog on the force is now outfitted in a bullet-proof, stab-resistant vest, courtesy of the funds raised after Jethro’s death.