Thursday, February 5, 2009

ATTENTION TO ROLL CALL.

Hey Hounders,
It's all of us Bumpass Hounds banding together for today's posting. We want to pay respect and remembrance today to K9 Benny. Our sissy Sarah is a police officer for the government. She is a dog handler who works explosive detection dogs. Her current dog's name is Aldo. Aldo is a Golden Retriever just like most of us. However, her first dog was Benny. Benny was trained at, and acquired from, Lackland Air Force Base. Benny retired a few year ago to live with the police officer who was his handler at that time. Unfortunately, Benny made the journey to The Rainbow Bridge in December. As you may know from watching TV, before each police shift goes on duty there is a roll call with the Sergeant who goes over orders of the day and important announcements. Well this week at Attention To Roll Call the following citation was read:

The Pentagon Police Department K-9 Unit announces that K-9 Benny, the last of the original 4 dogs that started the K-9 unit in 1998 was euthanized this past December. Benny was 12 years old and was suffering from degenerative nerve issues in his hind legs and hips. Benny was an exceptional K-9 and served this agency well through Two Handlers, Two Chiefs of Police and Three Secretaries of Defense. Some of Benny's highlights were working on the 1999 NATO Conference and the 2001 and 2005 Presidential Inaugurals.

BENNY

Fair Winds and Following Sea to you K9 Benny. Run free in the fields. Thank you for your service. We all miss you, especially Sarah.

- The Bumpass Hounds

http://www.defenselink.mil/releases/release.aspx?releaseid=1852

http://www.dogheroesof911.com/events.htm

http://www.nationmaster.com/encyclopedia/United-States-Pentagon-Police

U. S. Pentagon Police Canine Directorate
The Police Canine Division (K-9) is the explosive detection unit for the Department of Defense community in and around the Washington D.C. area. The K-9 Division is organized into several teams (canine and handler) that provide both proactive and reactive law enforcement functions in order to ensure a safe working environment at the Pentagon Reservation and its other associated properties.
The Officers of the USPPD K-9 Division are dedicated to duty and ready to respond to any situation at a moments notice. The dogs actually live with their assigned PPD Officers and are a part of every aspect of the Officer’s home life. This relationship is necessary to provide the most effective dog handler rapport. Since the handler and canines are always together, it provides for an efficient response time to incidents when canine support is needed.

Have a good day Spencer. Hang in there buddy.

6 comments:

Gus said...

Please tell your sissie Sarah that we are sorry to hear about Benny. We know that K9s and their handlers have a very strong bond, and we are sure she is missing him once again.

gussie

Thoughts said...

Oh we are so sorry to hear about Benny. What a good boy he was... thats a very nice post about him you did.

Benson and Gibson

happy said...

We're sorry to hear about Benny. That's a lovely tribute to him.

Tracey and Huffle said...

Purrs for Benny and for those he left behind.

Huffle Mawson

Homer said...

Hi Homer J,

Please tell Sarah that Benny was a fine dog and we are very sorry that he had passed on.

Love,
The Other Homer

Anonymous said...

Thank you - I really appreciate your post!
Love,
Sarah & Aldo

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