On Saturday I had the pleasure and honor of attending the Capital District Police K-9 Training Group's annual ceremony at the Law Enforcement K-9 Memorial. The Memorial is on the grounds of the Mohawk and Hudson River Humane Society and was established in 1999 to honor the dogs who had dedicated their lives to protecting all of us. Three K-9's were honored on Saturday and added to the dozens already in the memorial.
Some dogs are detection specialists, finding accelerants, explosives or narcotics while others are trained in tracking, detection, evidence recovery, criminal detection and apprehension, and officer protection.
While training and working the dogs live with their partners (or handlers) and stay with those partners when the dogs are ready to retire. The dogs maintain a loving and stable home life after their important days of work are done. The dogs are considered officers by their departments and are treated with the great respect that they deserve.
Next time you are at the Humane Society take a moment to stop at the beginning of our driveway by the two flags you will see flying. Take a look at the memories of the animals that have spent their lives protecting us all.