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First one to correctly answer all three questions wins a 2020 calendar "pawtographed" by K9 Gabo.  Please note, you win the calendar only, you do not win the handler shown in the photo :-)
1. How old is K9 Gabo?
2. What date did Gabo join the Jonesboro PD?
3. What date was Gabo injured in the line of duty?
With the temp at 17 degrees here in MA, all we want to do is hibernate!
First one to correctly answer this question wins a trading card from Seattle's K9 Ziva and Officer Wong
Q: How many vests has Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. donated since 2009?
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You made it! Congratulations, have a great weekend!
Think you want a Belgian Malinois? This guy left his in the garage with his new Porche....
THE 2019 CHEVY TAHOE CONTEST WINNERS got together today for a day of K9 training!  Officer Justin Reeves and K9 Heiko, Marysville, MI and Officer Michael Kasdorf and K9 Lando, Hazel Park, MI.

Hazel Park — A K-9 team at the Hazel Park Police Department will have a new SUV, after the south Oakland County police department earned the most votes in an online contest.

The contest was held by a Massachusetts-based nonprofit called Vested Interest in K9s. Founder and president Sandy Marcal created the organization in 2009, and describes herself as a "lifelong animal lover."

The nonprofit helps police departments with K-9 units fill gaps in their resources, such as medical insurance, ballistic vests, first aid kits and naloxone that reverses opioid overdoses. 

Hazel Park and Marysville police departments will both receive free SUVs for their k-9 programs, after winning an online contest.

Vested Interest in K9s held its first SUV giveaway last year, Marcal said, "because departments don't have the budget for replacement vehicles," which can cost in the mid-five figures. 

Beyond that, K-9-equipped SUVs have to have climate control, a "dedicated kennel system," racks to hold equipment, Marcal said. The vehicle will be four-wheel drive.

Perhaps most importantly of all, they require climate control, as the dogs could be in the vehicle 12 hours a day, said Lt. William Hamel of the Hazel Park Police Department.
Officer Michael Kasdorf and K-9 Lando will ride in the customized Chevy Tahoe once it arrives, which could be months from now, Marcal said. 

"We're thrilled for (Hazel Park) and excited for the dog," Marcal said.

Hazel Park police made a very public push for votes, both on social media and in the community. Businesses allowed police to post fliers encouraging people to vote, and a digital billboard on Interstate 75 helped spread the message, Hamel said.

Lando's duties are mostly tracking, narcotics detection and protection. K-9s, Hamel said, "can be a costly unit" when you consider veterinarian bills, food, and the vehicle necessary to maintain its presence on the roads.

Though Hazel Park earned the most votes — Marcal declined to say how many — it won't be the only police department, or even the only one in Michigan, to receive a free SUV.

An "anonymous sponsor" stepped forward, putting up the funds for a second vehicle, which will go to Marysville Police Department Officer Justin Reeves and partner Heiko.

Marysville is in nearby St. Clair County, about 50 miles north and east of Hazel Park.

"It's nice to see them get one, too," Hamel said.

To be eligible, a police department had to have received a K-9 vest from the nonprofit in the past, has to make a commitment to continuing its K-9 program for another three years and has to have at least 60,000 miles on its current vehicle, Marcal said.

Four of the contest's 29 finalists hailed from the Great Lakes State, Marcal said. Voting ran through the month of October.

"You've got people who are not just supportive of law enforcement, but of animals," Hamel said, when asked why Michigan-based departments earned so many of the top spots. "They see the work these dogs can do. They want to make sure they're provided for."

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Inquiring minds want to know, here is the list of SUV Giveaway contestants, ranked by number of votes received. Thank you to all who participated!
📣The moment  you've all been waiting for! Announcing the winner of the 2019 SUV Giveaway Contest!  Michael Kasdorf and K9 Lando of the Hazel Park Police Department AND thanks to an anonymous donor, we awarded a second SUV to the runner up Justin Reeves and K9 Heiko of the Marysville Police Department K9 Heiko both from Michigan.  THANK YOU to all the contestants and to everyone who supported them with votes!  We will publish a list of rankings by number of votes tomorrow so you can see how your team did overall.
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Don't let your team down! They need your votes✔️, your friends' votes✔️, your co-workers' votes✔️, your families' votes✔️ get the idea!  Voting ends at 7:59 AM EST OCT 31!
It's National First Responders Day!  Here's some ideas on how to celebrate:
1. Say thanks
Whether it's getting your family to write personalized thank you cards or baking some cookies for local firefighters, there are many ways to share your gratitude.
2. Raise money
Research how to help finance equipment and resources for first responders. Help those who dare to risk it all.
3. Volunteer
Maybe you're looking to donate your own time and support. Don't feel the need to be a hero — just help when you can. Take a CPR course if possible.
Happy Friday Everyone! You made it!
Voting for the SUV Giveaway Contest has closed, the votes are being verified and tallied, the winner will be notified and once their required paperwork is complete, we will make the winner announcement! Stay tuned!
Vested Interest in K9s Inc. is proud to announce their donation of 800 NARCAN Kits to law enforcement K9s across the country since the inception of the NARCAN Kit Donation Program in 2018.  Read more here:
If you think I'm cute, go vote for your favorite K9 team to win a new SUV!
Go vote for your team! Only a few days left! 
Photo courtesy of Jim Craige Photography
In this contest, we LOVE every candidate and want them all to win! PLEASE keep voting every day for your favorite K9 team and invite others to join you! VOTE HERE
24 HOURS LEFT TO VOTE for your favorite K9 team! Voting ends at 7:59:59 AM EST October 31, 2019.  Voting clock resets at midnight! VOTE HERE
The first correct answer gets these two trading cards! Cranston, RI PD K9s Blesk and Lex!  Type answer in comments section.
Q: Name the four programs Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. has in place to support law enforcement dogs.
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K9 Stella getting ready for a "sting operation" 🐝🐝😂
Don't forget to vote for your favorite K9 team to win a new SUV -  EVERY SINGLE DAY until 7:59:50 AM EST on OCT 31!
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