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When a Partner Goes Too Soon

When A Partner Goes Too Soon

In loving memory, we would like for all to say, “thank you” to our partners who died after giving years of service to our community
A fact hard to deal with at times, when living with working K-9’s, is that they pass away. In a perfect world, our K-9 partners would retire and live out their lives with us as family pets. They work for us with such dedication that is is only fair they retire with the same from us.

People quite often ask what happens to our partners when they retire. Here at Metro, the handlers purchase the dog for a small fee and allow them to live out their life. We do not sell or give away the dogs outside the Department. This has never been an option, and never will. Our K-9 partners mean too much, and I can’t think of a handler that would allow it.

We spend 10 hours a day at work with our partners and then bring them home at the end of each shift and on the weekends. This means that we actually spend more time with our partners than we do with our family.

Some of us bring our partners into our home as part of the family. We understand that they are working police dogs, but the type of dogs that we select are capable of knowing the difference between work and family life. This is not the case with all K-9 programs, but we are fortunate here at Metro to have that option.

Over the past couple of years, we have had some dogs working lives cut short. This has touched almost all of the unit. With the assistance of Craig Road Pet Cemetery, and the support of the Department, we have been able to honor our partners in their passing.

It is not easy to have a dog pass away, but it is even harder when a working K-9 passes. Each and every working day as a police K-9 handler, you are accustomed to opening your truck door, and letting your partner in to start the day. Suddenly, without warning or planning, that 40-hour-a-week bond stops.

With retirement, you see it coming. You know the days are closing and you prepare. With a death, it stops. True, we start again at training a new partner, but it leaves a void in your heart. You feel a little cheated and left wondering how many “bad guys” were out there for you as a team to find. A small piece of you as a K-9 handler is locked away with that partner, a piece you won’t ever release again.

In loving memory, we would like for all to say, “thank you” to our partners who died after giving years of service to our community, and never got the chance to live out life in retirement as a pet.

The following dogs have passed away within the last few years:

Kos

Patrol Dog

Partner - Dave Newton

Zack

Narcotics Dog

Partners - Tom Moore, Steve Junge, Marc Hinrichs, and Mike Horn

Marco

Patrol Dog

Partner - Jay Carlson

Boy

Patrol Dog

Partner - Jason Dukes

Kai

Explosives Dog

Partner - Mel English

Mickey

Patrol Dog

Partner - Mel English

Duncan

Patrol Dog

Partner - Mel English

Ike

Patrol Dog

Partner - Danny O’Connell

Lasco

Patrol Dog

Partner - Cord Overson

Jasper

Narcotics Dog

Partner - Mike Thompson

Bocho

Patrol Dog

Partner - Mike Horn

Rico

Patrol Dog

Partner - Duwayne Layton

Xandor

Patrol Dog

Partner - Rick Vorce

“Z”

Patrol Dog

Partner - Scott Murray

West

Patrol Dog

Partners - Frank Sorrentino and Jeff Harper

Repo

Patrol Dog

Partners - Jim Seebock and Eric Kerns

Marco

Patrol Dog

Partner - Jeff Corbett

Bartje

Patrol Dog

Partners - Jim Ledogar, Rick Nogues and Mike Horn

Sico

Patrol Dog

Partner - Tom Moore

Mars

Explosives Dog

Partner - Tom Moore

Ben

Explosives Dog

Partner - Duwayne Layton

Apollo

Patrol Dog

Partner - John Jenkins

Matjo

Patrol Dog

Partner - Eric Kerns

Roscoe

Narcotics Dog

Partners - Jim Seebock and Scott Murray

Fred

Patrol Dog

Partner - DuWayne Layton

Rudy

Patrol Dog

Partners - Mel English and Darren Garness

Winston

Narcotics Dog

Partners - Eric Kerns and Danny Southwell

Breston

Patrol Dog

Partner - Steve Junge

Rudi*

Patrol Dog

Partner - John Jenkins

Duke

Narcotics Dog

Partners - Mike Horn and Mike Blasko

Dak

Patrol Dog

Partners - Mike Horn and Mike Campbell

Danny

Patrol Dog

Partner - Frank Sorrentino

Clyde

Explosives Dog

Partners - Duwayne Layton and Jay Carlson

Cigan

Patrol Dog

Partner - Rory Tuggle

Buddy*

Patrol Dog

Partner - John Jenkins

Ex

Patrol Dog

Partners - Pat Barry, Bob Hindi, and Robert Johnson

Laslo

Patrol Dog

Partner - Jay Carlson

Moss

Explosives Dog

Partner - Jay Carlson

*All of these K-9’s, except John Jenkins’ Rudi and Buddy, have in past years, competed in Metro’s K-9 Trials, like the one you attend now. Please watch and enjoy the work of those dogs you see today, for we don’t know what tomorrow will bring.

A Police Dogs Prayer
Author – Unknown

Oh almighty God,
whose great power and eternal
wisdom embraces the universe,
watch over my handler while I sleep.
Protect my handler from harm
while I am unable to do so.
I pray, help keep our streets and homes
safe while my handler and I rest.
I ask for your loving care because
my handler’s duty is dangerous.
Grant my handler your unending strength
and courage in our daily assignments.
Dear God,
protect my brave handler,
grant your almighty protection,
unite my handler safely with the family
after the tour of duty has ended.
I ask nothing for myself.
Amen.

A Working Dog’s Oath
Author – Unknown

I will lay down my life for you
and expect nothing but love in return.
I protect my officer with my life,
and would gladly take a bullet in his place.
I am sent in to find lost children
and fugitives on the run.
I find drugs and weapons and even bombs.
I am the first sent in
and sometimes the last to leave.
I am the nose and ears of my officer.
I will protect and serve him.
I would die for him and for you.
I only ask for compassion and a kind word.

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