K9 Jynx

Your generosity helped us take care of K9 “Jynx” and his Pilot, Officer Crisp from Stroud,Oklahoma.
Jynx needed some medical work and top notch harness. This is so awesome. Thank you for your donations.

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Apache and Officer Strand

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One of the K9 Teams that your generosity has helped. Thank you-

I’ll let Officer Strand speak for he and Apache:

“First I would like to thank you for assisting our Department with the equipment that we needed. Apache is our K9 with the Asher Police Department in Oklahoma. Apache just turned 7 and is still hard at it. Apache started training here in Shawnee Oklahoma with trainer/Handler Wolfgang Hinker. From here Apache was purchased by the Scottsbluff County Sheriff’s Office in Nebraska. Nebraska worked with Apache until he was 6 and then they donated him to Asher Police Department. Apache is a great dog who helps service multiple agencies in our area. Apache is a dual purpose dog so we use him for Narcotics, Tracking, and apprehension. In Apache’s off time he just wants to play and sleep most of the time. Apache enjoys going to the local dog park and running around while we play catch. Most of all Apache loves children. He will let kids hop on his back and ride around for a little while. I know that I really appreciate your help and so does our community.”


“The only thing necessary for EVIL to triumph in the world is for good men to do nothing.”
-Edmond Burke

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Class

Yesterday I took “Mina” the Spike’s K9 Fund “Model” and we went to help out with a class on Dogs. We were able to interact with some children ages 6-9. Mina was a star of course. We watched a really good video that shows children how to properly greet a Dog. I am very surprised at how many people approach Dogs incorrectly. Here is the video if you care to watch it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6_WEYQs2XE&feature=youtu.be

After we all watched the video we tried the lesson on Mina. She responded nicely. The young lady who’d volunteered was exceptionally attentive during the video and did the prescribed actions as briefed.

After this we asked Mina to do some tricks and some jumping and then the lovely assistant I brought with me put on the bite sleeve so the kids could see a Dog do that type of work.

It was a really fun day for Mina and I. We were really happy to be able to show kids the right way to deal with Dogs. It was so cool to be invited.

Thank You Ms. Borum

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K9 Chico

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Meet K9 “Chico,” the latest K9 your donations have helped. He and his Pilot Officer JT Raney of the DHS in Indiana are recipients of some training equipment and a K9 Storm Harness. It is amazing to me how much personal money these Officers spend on their Dogs and the equipment needed to keep them serving their communities in an effective manner. Your donations make a difference. Obviously K9 “Chico” is a bit tired after a full day but he will not be releasing his ball!

Thanks People. I am humbled and grateful.


Rooster-

“Rooster”

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So some of the 3 people who follow the blog have asked me about “Rooster” and they wanted to know more about him. He is one of the first Dogs we helped out and he is the only one we’ve helped with a medical procedure.

I asked “JP” the Police Officer who rolls with K9 Rooster when he goes to work if he’d share some of the details of the award they’d received at the annual meeting of the Virginia Police Work Dog Association. The award was given for Rooster’s actions during a dangerous evening here in my community.

At about 0100 in the morning a few thugs with guns started a bit of a robbery spree. A few hours later the thugs were spotted driving around in their car. JP and K9 Rooster were called in and when the suspects were told to stop and show their hands, one of the suspects began moving away from the police. JP yelled out warnings to the suspect that he’d send Rooster to deal with him if he didn’t stop. Those warnings were ignored and Rooster, a 65 lbs. K9 chased down and apprehended (that means he bit) the suspect, a grown-ass man. JP followed closely and while he was cuffing the first suspect, another suspect decided to flee. JP sent Rooster out again and while Rooster was on his way to engage, another Police Officer caught the suspect. JP told Rooster to “hold up” so as to not complicate things with the other Officer. Rooster stopped as instructed and waited until he was asked to return to JP. Both of these suspects were armed and dangerous and Rooster was an integral part of the arrest of these dangerous thugs.

On another evening another thug broke into a home where there were two young women. They called the Police and JP+ Rooster were invited to the incident. The suspect/thug was hiding deep in a closet where he couldn’t be seen. Rooster let the Officers know that there was something up in the closet and when the Officers looked inside they couldn’t see anything. Rooster kept at it and was released. He engaged the thug and the thug kicked and punched Rooster vigorously. This is a bad idea with 65 lb. Rooster. It made Rooster very angry and Rooster went ahead and punished the thug with his teeth and jaw.


Stories-

Officer Jamie Huling and his Dog “Trigger” who your generous donations have helped doing some extra special duty-

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Logo

OFFICIAL K9 FUND LOGO

So I messed around with a few different designs for the logo and this one seems to me the best.
Obviously my arrogance is significant enough that I used a silhouette of Spike and myself in front of the large star. The smaller stars represent the Dogs I served with who were killed in action. The other names that go along with those stars are “Toby” “Falco” and “Remco.” “Remco” saved my life the night I was wounded. Later on when things settle down and there aren’t 100 people writing their version of the NAVY SEAL story, I’ll talk about those Dogs and how incredible each of them were.

I’ll do it for free- When I went through BUD/s my favorite instructor was a Dog Handler in Vietnam. He didn’t charge me for his stories.

When I think back on the things we (me and the Dogs and my crew) did together I have a difficult time remembering anything good. Mostly I remember my mistakes. The one gleaming bright positive thing I remember is the collective beauty of those Dogs doing their jobs. Their drive and focus was unsurpassed and anytime they struggled to complete their mission it was the fault of the humans that they were attached to or a training scenario we (the humans responsible for training them) hadn’t dreamed up. They were always fearless and their instincts and ferocity saved many lives. The logo is significant. Those Dogs are significant. Thanks-


Origins

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This is a photo taken from inside a helo over some rough terrain with me and Spike and a few others.

We were on our commute home from the night shift and the sun had risen.

When I look at this, I immediately remember how Spike saved my ass on multiple occasions.

I miss him and I want to carry on his drive and spirit through this non-profit.

There are Working K9’s out there doing crazy dangerous things on a nightly basis to protect their crew and their communities.

They deserve the best gear and the best care they can receive.

I want Spike’s K9 Fund to be the “go to” crew when people need help keeping their K9 team safe and effective.  I want to be there on the other end, when the working K9 can no longer do it’s job and deserves to be taken care of.

Today we sent a bite suit to a K9 team in the Dept. of Homeland Security in Indiana.

Thank you for your donations and for taking the time to look at this photo.

Help me carry Spike’s spirit.


Donations at Work

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Hey people,

These two photos were provided by Deputy Britt Bradford from Dickens County Texas.

Your donations provided he and his two K9’s with solid equipment to do their job.

I want you to know that quality gear is worth its weight in gold.  Your generosity will help this K9 crew do their jobs more effectively and will keep them safer.

Thank You-

If you want to donate, please click on the “paypal” donation button here on the homepage of the website.