We were at Pet Food Express this weekend and visited with Sacramento Police K9 “Hobbes” and his handler Officer Hoversten.
Hobbes is a 5-year old Belgian Shepherd who Officer Hoversten say is is a ham! You can see from the photos that Hobbes is very friendly. He has a cute trait of lifting one paw when sitting, and Officer Hoversten says there’s no predicting which paw comes off the ground.
I pick my left paw up…
I put my left paw down…and pick it up again!…
I pick my right paw up…and Love being petted. The middle of my head feels good.
And my right ear. And while you’re at it, could you do my left ear too? Thanks!
I’ve met several police K9s, and even when their handler says it’s ok to pet them and you know they won’t bite, some have a very intense demeanor and command your respect. Hobbes was alert, but he was very calm and wanted to be petted, preferably while leaning on you!
Every year, Pet Food express partners with Police & Working Dog K-9 Foundation to provide supplies to police dogs and advanced training to their handlers. Proceeds from the pet wash go to the Foundation, and the stuffed dog is a working hero that you get for a making a donation. The hero dog changes each year and comes with a tag that explains the history and traits of the breed and what they’re often used for in police work. Here are two that we have.
I have mixed feelings about using dogs for apprehension work because they can be injured or even killed in the line of duty. In 2012, Sacramento K9 “Bodie” was credited with saving his handler’s life, but not without being critically injured with gunshot wounds to his face and paw. Thankfully, he recovered. If we’re going to use police (and military) dogs, we need to provide them with protective gear and medical care throughout their lives. Most police dogs don’t get any kind of medical benefits after they retire, so it’s charities like the Police & Working Dog K-9 Foundation that help cover the costs of care once the dogs retire. If this is a cause you’re interested in supporting, you can search the web for organizations that help your local police K9s.
This guy isn’t a police dog, but he sure is cute! He’s a Springer Spaniel and I love that his owner keeps the hair on top of his head long. It gives him a lot of character. What I actually noticed first was his spectacular paws. His front paws were easily 4 inches across. I bet he’s a really good swimmer.