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Fundraiser for K9 Rex- Oakland Police Dept. TN
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Ended Apr 5, 2013
K9 Rex is a 4 yr old male German Shepherd who was purchased in Europe by the United States Air Force and flown to Lackland AFB in San Antonio, Tx. The military took possession of K9 Rex in early 2010 and began him on odor recognition. K9 Rex was ...
K9 Rex is a 4 yr old male German Shepherd who was purchased in Europe by the United States Air Force and flown to Lackland AFB in San Antonio, Tx. The military took possession of K9 Rex in early 2010 and began him on odor recognition. K9 Rex was removed from the military’s program due to him being a “one handler K9”. The Military employs K9’s that are able to be given to different handlers if the situation deems it necessary. Myself and three other officers drove 22 hours in an ice storm from Tennessee to Texas to pick K9 Rex up.

I took possession of K9 Rex on January 12, 2011, just 9 days after his 3rd birthday. He was brought to the gate of the training area by a military handler. I placed my lead on his collar, took off walking with him, and we became instant friends. He was visibly uncomfortable but never once did he rare up on me. The personnel at the base were amazed because they said he was “handler aggressive, kennel aggressive, dog aggressive, food aggressive, etc etc etc aggressive”. I have had K9 Rex as a partner for two years now and he has never tried me and has always known his place.

K9 Rex is extremely protective over me and has what I like to call “no inside manners”. I am unable to keep him inside because he doesn’t fair too well around my wife and son. Nor does he like my wife’s German Shepherd Gunnar, or my Rottweiler Sophia. K9 Rex does come inside and into a crate in the house if the weather is not desirable but other than that he’s in his covered 10’x10’ kennel or running around in our huge back yard. K9 Rex loves to play ball (obviously) and fetch, he loves his baths and brushings, and he takes time every now and then to lay in my lap when I sit with him out in the back yard.

K9 Rex and I attended a Dual Purpose Narcotics/Patrol class with the Desoto County Sheriff’s Department in Mississippi. Our instructor was Lt. Brad Chism who has been a handler for over 17 years and is very well respected amongst our tri-state area. We are certified in all types of searches and tracking and have successfully lowered our already low crime rate with constant patrol of local businesses and neighborhoods. We have been certified through the NNDDA since May of 2011 and have been involved in several tracks, a ton of vehicle searches yielding lots of smaller amounts of narcotics, and one non-aggressive apprehension with a fleeing suspect.

As our community grows with more and more residents, more businesses, and the possibility of a large annexation, K9 Rex will continue to be a key role in keeping our town safe and keeping the crime rate low like it is now. We are responsible for regular patrol of the town, answering all types of calls, completing reports, and all the other responsibilities of a patrol unit. K9 Rex’s presence is well known throughout our community.
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