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Woohoo!! Go Hulk! We are honored to protect you!
Just have a little more patience...the week is almost halfway done!
To a dog...Ignorance is bliss!
we made it past hump day!
The Nixa Police Department’s K-9 officer, Jack, has received a bullet and stab protective vest!K-9 Jack’s vest is embroidered with the sentiment “In memory of Captain David Dorn, St. Louis, MO- EOW 6/2/20”.
Nixa Police Chief Joe Campbell says, “We’re really excited and honored that Jack has received this special protective vest. We’re thankful to Vested Interest in K9s Inc for selecting our K-9 officer to receive this much needed equipment.” K-9 Jack is pictured (wearing the protective vest) with his handler, Officer Ronald Hilburn. Jack, a Belgian Malinois, is a multi-functional working dog trained in suspect apprehension, drug sniffing, and search for humans.
We are honored to protect you Jack! Stay safe!
Run free beloved Oxx. Our deepest condolences go out to Sergeant Keith Sanders, his family and all who knew and loved this warrior. Thank you for your service, helping to keep your community safe. We will always remember you.
Weekend's over... coffee anyone?
Atta boy Mata! Constable Kelly Smith and K9 Mata were headed home after leading a training session for K9 officers and their handlers when they spotted a burglary in progress. Smith detained a woman, identified as Ashley Stuenkel of Lindale, and requested backup from Hawkins Police Department, Wood County Sheriff’s Office, and Mineola Police Department.

A perimeter was established and Mata was deployed to track another suspect who had fled. The suspect, identified as Jeremy Alton Hullett of Lindale, was tracked through the house where the alleged burglary occurred, and into the woods nearby. He was found hiding about 100 yards from the house.

Stuenkel and Hullett were booked into the Wood County Jail. Hullett is charged with burglary of a habitation and is being held on a $20,000 surety bond. Stuenkel is also charged with burglary of a habitation with a $20,000 surety bond. She was released the same day.
They protect us, we protect them! #k9partner #k9officer #k9unit #policedog #k9protection #k9vest
From Homeless to Hero
The Owego, NY Police Department is welcoming their newest officer, a rescue dog named Maggie! 

The Southern Tier K-9 Association found out about a 3-year-old Pitbull-Malinois mix that was bouncing around from shelter to shelter and thought she might have potential as a police K-9. They evaluated her and thought she had what it took, so they trained her for a few months and passed her on to handler, Officer Andrew Pike.

The cost to train a police dog is typically around $10,000 and a patrol car outfitted for a K-9 usually costs an additional $6,000. With the help of the Southern Tier K-9 Association's Homeless to Hero Program, the Owego Police Department was able to add a new member to the team and save the village $16,000.

The former stray is now fully trained in narcotics detection and tracking. Before Maggie can go out on a call with Pike, she still needs some additional training. Pike says he tries to do practice runs with her a few times a day.
As a reward, for her findings, Maggie gets to play tug of war with Pike. Pike says she's filled with energy and loves to play, but given her sweet temperament, she's willing to do a search in return for a little extra attention.

Although she's not quite ready to strap on her police harness, Pike says that Maggie is eager to go out on the job, and even more eager to spend time with him. "It's great, the bond is already there. She's all ready, she's like ‘alright, are we going to do something? Let's go!’“

Once Pike hangs up the leash and takes off his badge, his time with Maggie doesn't stop there. Aside from being his new partner, Maggie is also his new best friend.
You can follow K-9 Mag's journey on the Owego Police force on her Facebook and Instagram pages.
Lazy Sunday mornings call for bacon!
VIK9s is pleased to offer a new program to help K9s in partnership with the MAAC Foundation. For more information on this program, please contact Lisette Guillen at 219-510-9111 or email:
*MAAC kennel insert drop-off site for Indiana and bordering states.
Show your support for our K9 Heroes with these decals, wristbands and other unique items in our on-line store. #vik9sstore
Dunwoody Police Department in Georgia is welcoming two dogs onto the force as its first K-9 program and are asking the community to help choose their names.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is helping K9's stay healthy with our “Healthcare for K9 Heroes” medical insurance program! K9 Cami of Menasha Police Department in WI is a recent recipient of the grant which will cover the annual policy premiums. 

The grant is awarded to departments that have the financial burden of raising funds to support their K9 unit, who have previously been awarded a vest through VIK9s. The annual medical reimbursement insurance policy, administered by Trupanion, covers illnesses, injuries—including those sustained in the line of duty—diagnostic testing and therapies. The plan allows the freedom to use any licensed veterinarian, specialty center, or emergency hospital in the United States.

Trupanion is honored to support these brave K9 heroes and is committed to providing the highest value in medical insurance to help them receive the best veterinary care. To learn more about this invaluable program go to:
Great gift idea for K9 lovers!
SOLEMN VOW by James Corbett and Dr. Meaghan Corbett
A beautiful photo book honoring some of our nation's most heroic Police K9s and their handlers from across the country.  Short descriptions written by veterinarian Dr. Meaghan Corbett, describe the joys, bonds, and sadness K9s and their handlers often face throughout their careers.
Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is featured in this edition. $20 at our on-line store. #k9book
Happy Fall! Enjoy some leaf-peeping while it's here!
It is with great sadness we report the passing of our beloved friend K9 Ziva. She had a very aggressive cancer which came on very suddenly and passed away peacefully on Tuesday 10/6/2020. Ziva served with Mark Wong from the Seattle PD from 2010 until she retired in 2018. Our sincere condolences to her family and all who knew and loved her. Rest in peace sweet girl. 💙

Photo courtesy of:  Retired Seattle Police Canine Fund
VIK9s is pleased to offer a new program to help K9s in partnership with the MAAC Foundation. For more information on this program, please contact Lisette Guillen at 219-510-9111 or email: 
*MAAC kennel insert drop-off site for Indiana and bordering states.
Partners, Officer Lamers and K9 Cisco of Lower Sioux Police Department, dedicated to protecting and serving
As a result of the efforts of Officer Adrianne Lamers and K9 Officer Cisco, more than 145 grams of methamphetamine and a number of other drug-related items were removed from communities in the Redwood area. Keeping the region safe is the primary focus of these two law enforcement partners.
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Hey...we made it through the week! Got have a safe, fun weekend!
It’s all about the attitude!
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