Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Troy — Unspoken, noble. Hero.

Photo courtesy Hampton Police Division
Strong and noble heroes walk among us every day.
We don't always see them.  They are among the most revered members of Tribe Dog — the K-9s. Trained to work with police and other law enforcement officials,
these dogs have unique and remarkable jobs.

Some are trained to apprehend and detain suspects; others to detect illegal substances, or find explosives; arson dogs to pick up the scent of an accelerant.  Search and Rescue dogs are trained to locate missing people. Cadaver-sniffing dogs are trained to find corpses and human remains. Their job may seem sad, daunting, but untold families world wide are grateful to these dogs.

The first image you may have for a K-9 is a German Shepherd Dog or a Belgian Malinois,  but other breeds are used as well.  Only in the days following 9-11 did working K-9s come to  national prominence as SAR dogs from all over our country came to ground zero.

Troy is one of these majestic and noble dogs who protect and serve.  A Dutch Shepherd, he arrived at the Hampton Police Division in April 2006, origin the Netherlands.  He was two years old.  Troy had already received five weeks of intensive training with the American Society of Canine Trainers.  He then received an additional three weeks of ASCT training with MPO Angie Dipentima — MPO stands for Master Police Officer.  MPO Dipentima has been with Hampton Police Division since 1999.  She is also an instructor for HPD, training officers to work on the Crisis Intervention Team.

Certified as a Master K-9 handler by ASCT on May 5, 2006, she and Troy were on the job the next day.  He accompanies her to work five days a week.  Troy's specialty is narcotics detection.  A typical day in their lives includes random inspections in the business districts of Hampton in hotels, restaurants, bars, parking establishments and warehouses.  Troy receives sixteen hours of training each month with MPO Dipentima.

I first saw Troy in a video from a PBS special called  The dogs are alright:  The Vick dogs make a comeback. 
To me this video is  mesmerizing.  All fourteen minutes and thirteen seconds — a story that sent shock waves across the country in 2007.  The story continues, but now it's about grace and redemption.  Inspiration.  Troy appears in only the first :32 seconds but he steals the show, in the very best sense.  Take a look.  You'll see.  He was then and is now a star.  Every day that Troy works in the city of Hampton, Virginia the citizens can rest easy.  He protects and serves, 24/7.

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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Safe — Twenty dogs in Hawkins County Tennessee

Photo courtesty FAMILY TAP.  Not from this fire.
Monday, November 19:  "By the time the sun set Monday evening,  the Hawkins County Short Mountain forest fire — which started Thursday afternoon — had scorched about 2,200 acres west of Rogersville."  

Sunday, November 18:  "While fighting the fire on Sunday, crews came across a property where about 20 dogs were chained to vehicle axles that were buried in the ground. They called the Hawkins County Sheriff's Office, which sent deputies to investigate."

Firefighters in the Tennessee's Division of Forestry and deputies in the Sheriff's Department of Hawkins County.  Heroes.

The Sheriff's Department's deputies evacuated the dogs down the mountain to safety .  Took about nine hours.  "The fire was coming across the ridge, and they (firefighters) were worried that if the wind hit the right direction that it would put them dogs in danger," Allen [Chief Deputy Tony Allen] said.  "As a matter of fact, that place did end up burning Sunday night."

All 20 dogs are safe.  Confirmed.   Charvez Franciso has been charged.   Detective John Pruitt is investigating the case.  I believe he is a man who does not back down.

These dogs — as their 65 brothers over in Ashland County over Thanksgiving —were surrounded by fire.  They're real grateful to the firefighters, the deputies, and the people in four counties taking care of them.  So am I Sphere: Related Content

Monday, December 3, 2012

star light star bright

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Star light star bright, first star I see tonight.  Wish I may, wish I might, have the wish I wish tonight.

I wish the 20 dogs in Hawkins County TN to remain safe and sound. Tonight and all the days and nights to come. Move away from fear and toward peace.  Namaste little guys. Holding you close to heart.

Looking now at most wonderful of wonderful white dogs. He's keeping you close to heart as well.

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