5 year old Tayte Stark's online campaign to vest law enforcement dogs in memory of her best friend and Dad's fallen K9 partner, Kye continue through tonight (HALLOWEEN) at MIDNIGHT. Thanks to so many generous donors, she has well surpassed her goal. Every penny of continued funds will purchase vests for working dogs like Kye in Oklahoma City. Please share and support her efforts so that the working dogs who are in the line of duty can have the vests they need and deserve.
Jenny PattenTate, you are an angel. I am sorry for the loss of your friend Kye but because of you the other dogs will be safe. Thank you sweetheart. I know your mommy and daddy are very proud of you. So are we.1 · 9 hours ago
Our friends at Creekside K9 generously held a calendar fundraiser in 2014 to benefit Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.. Featured in the month of October 2014 is Thor, their miracle boy. The love and support of Kim and Joe French helped Thor beat all odds and survived being born at only 5 oz. ... See MoreSee Less
"Thor" of Creekside K9 of Sharon Springs, NY. Beat all odds and survived being born at only 5 oz, and having to be bottle fed every two hours. With the love and care from Kim and Joe French, this is ...
Karin BrownThor has grown and thrived into a very handsome pup! Thank you to Kim & Joe French for their tireless efforts to help this youngster survive and for allowing Thor to choose his charity of VIK9s for the American Dog Magazine feature story. Smart and cute, with a heart of gold. Thank you!5 · 1 day ago
DeeDee WynneThey did a great job nurturing him. Just look at the strength in those front legs. He's a beautiful dog.3 · 1 day ago
Linda Kolpin-WeissHave their calendar from last year, Thor is adorable. All the pictures are beautiful. Amazing little guy!2 · 1 day ago
Thank you for asking! Now setup per our fans request is a "RECURRING DONATION" option on our website. You set the amount and you set how often the donation occurs. ALL DONATIONS are tax deductible. Recurring donations giving link: www.vik9s.org/make-a-donation/... See MoreSee Less
True Heroes! Ssgt. Ryan Stark and K9 Kye. Tribute video of K9 Kye of Oklahoma City, OK created by the talented Shawn Byrne.
If you haven't seen this yet, watch and share.
SSgt. Stark's 5 year old daughter is raising funds to provide bullet/stab protective vests for the Oklahoma City Police K9's and all other dogs who are in need through MIDNIGHT at Halloween.
Check out Tayte Stark's story and consider donating:
My mommy told me that Kye saved my daddy's life that night. I was so so sad that my friend didn't get to come home to me too. My first funeral that I ever had to go to was his. It was so sad. I put my sunglasses in his coffin because I was afraid that heaven was too bright for him. I saw how many people loved him. People gave me lots of hugs and told me they were so sorry I lost my friend. There were so many people there to thank Kye for being a hero. I don't want another little girl to have to go to a funeral like I did. I would like it if all the doggies could be safe.
So,I am helping to raise money for bullet and stab proof vests for dogs. My wish is that every OCPD dog and every other dog that works like my daddy's dog, can wear a vest too.
Leticia MartinezI am from Northwest Indiana. My heart remains so very broken for the handler, department, and family of Kye. My family and I have purchased from our own money(-my husband is disabled, and i sell self-defense products for women), vests for dogs locally, including cooling vests for hot summer training. No, dogs should not be put to work without proper gear, unfortunately, many departments consider a K-9 to be "equipment." I cannot digest this. As many officers know, when a K9 officer is deployed, they are basically sent on a "suicide mission.." .they are the first OFFICER, NOT "EQUIPMENT" sent into a bad situation. They will selflessly go in, full speed ahead, unknowing of what awaits them. I understand it is the same with a human officer, but at least the officer is or should be fully equipped to enter a situation. K9's will selflessly and loyally defend their handler and fellow officers on command and without hesitation. Please, i ask all of you, before you pass judgement, please know that the departments all across this country are doing their best to keep us all safe. They risk their lives for us, both on duty and off. So instead of judging a department for not having vested their K9 officer, use that energy to raise funds for your local department, that probably cannot afford the expense of vesting a K9, and maybe no other Officer will suffer the loss of a partner, friend, and family member. Remember, a K9 may be the reason your loved one comes home safe tonight, or a loved one is found unharmed. Please help your local departments vest their K9 officers.10 · 3 days ago
Cindy BoyceRIP Kye. A true hero gone too soon. This video made me cry.5 · 3 days ago
Val FisherI think of Kye so often & wear his shirt proudly!! I hope Sgt. Stark gets another dog - he was a great trainer! Makes me cry too, everytime I watch something about this magnificent dog!!2 · 3 days ago
Joseph Pesale Jr.Very nice tribute. This breaks my heart. The laws needs to be much more severe. Taking a K-9s life is the same as a police officer. The penalty in either should be death.1 · 2 days ago
Ann Eaves ParkerI can't speak for everyone here in Oklahoma, but I have a feeling everyone feels like I do that we so APPRECIATE Vested Interests in K9s and their campaign to see that Kye's life was not taken in vain. It was such a heartbreaking loss, but he was sent off with a funeral befitting a trust servant and the policeman he was.Thanks to all who supported K9 Kye!1 · 2 days ago
Theresa StewartThis is a precious looking dog too! So glad for Sgt Stark that he got a new dog..so sad and condolences for his other buddy, friend and partner Kai.1 · 2 days ago
Linda Kolpin-WeissAmazing bonds, human officer and k9 officer. I never met these dogs and their officers but I feel so attached to their stories! So sad Kye had to give his life but he saved his partner and will always be remembered and loved by many. Thank you for your service officer Stark and K9 Kye. Run free in heaven sweet, beautiful boy ❤️1 · 3 days ago
What a great honor it was for Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. Board Member Justine Long to meet Staff Sergeant Ryan Stark of Oklahoma City Police Department (Kye's former handler) and his wife last Thursday at the United States Police Canine Association Nationals in Wilson, NC. Staff Sergeant Stark and wife accepted the MONZA Award which is given to a K9 killed in the line of duty. Staff Sergeant Stark holds a sample vest that Justine Long brought along so he could see which vests the Oklahoma City Police K9's would be receiving thanks to the many generous donations. ... See MoreSee Less
Cheryl Jensen- JohansenActually have my Kye memorial shirt on today. I too, tear up when I see info on him..1 · 3 days ago
Marilyn FryI bought a memorial shirt. Kye was special to all of us. Such a huge loss. We miss you, Kye, from Ft Worth, TX. Still makes me cry to think about him. I have two Shepherds so they are very dear to my heart. 💜1 day ago
GREAT NEWS! It's back to work for K9 Sammy of the Chicago Police Department. After several surgeries and physical therapy, Vested Interest in K9s is thrilled to hear that K9 Sammy is fully recovered and back on the job with his partner Officer Milovich. . You may recognize K9 Sammy as one of our 2015 Vested Interest in K9s calendar celebrities featured in the month of April and on the VIK9s website.
Emily GillingwaterI love seeing our four legged officers protected in vests just like their partners. I need to get some information or find grants to get some for our two dogs at the local PD1 · 3 days ago
From our inbox! K9 Buddy and Officer Sean Ford from Palmer, MA police department. Buddy's vest was donated from the proceeds of Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. "Hog WIld for K9s" motorcycle ride. (2 photos) ... See MoreSee Less
Don't forget to join K9 Sherlock and Officer Chad Norman of the Jupiter, FLA police department THIS SATURDAY, Nov 1, 1pm-3pm at Woof Gang Bakery 71 E. Indiantown Rd. Suit 801, Jupiter, FLA #Sherlock will be in the store and PAW-tographing his debut in the Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. 2015 calendar! All proceeds from the calendar go to VIK9's to provide law enforcement dogs with Kevlar Vests. K9 Sherlock is featured on the front and back cover and in the month of March.
Meet the four MASSACHUSETTS graduating K9 teams featured in the 2015 Vested Interest in K9s calendar. All K9s have received a vest from the proceeds of the "Hog Wild for K9s" motorcycle ride hosted by Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. that raised almost $16,000.00
Adams Police Department, Officer Curtis Crane and K9 Kumar, Palmer Police Department, Officer Sean Ford and K9 Buddy, Sturbridge Police Department, Officer Daniel Hemingway and K9 Vlasko and Dalton Police Department, Officer Matt Mozzi and K9 Max. (4 photos) ... See MoreSee Less
Paw-Traits for Protection event underway today in Cary, NC at Jackie's Basics and Beyond Dog Training 230 East Johnson St. Bldg B, Cary, NC from 11am-5pm. K9 Demo at 2pm by the Durham Police K9 Unit. (3 photos) ... See MoreSee Less