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White House K-9 Officers: The President’s First Line of Defense

Secret Service officers in the White House. Image courtesy of Metropets.

The US Secret Service has been tasked with the vital duty of protecting the US President, his immediate family and the White House.

But, lately, we’ve been reading news about the White House perimeters being pursued and infiltrated by curious and militant fence jumpers in an attempt to have a closer distance with one of the most secured facilities in the world, the White House.  In order to augment the line of defence in the White House, another important unit of the police security force were being utilized to handle a very vital duty in the aspect of safeguarding the premises of this highly secured place.  Get to know more about these dedicated officers that aim to ultimately protect the life of the US President, his family, his official office and residence.

K-9 officer detail of the President.

The US Secret Service were tasked to look after the safety of the United States President and the first family. Included in the department’s roster of the White House tough security detail were not just valiant men from the department but K-9 officers trained to subdue intruders. Below are some of the qualities of these chosen security detail for the President of the United States, his immediate family and the White House.

White House K-9 officers Hurricane and Jordan. Image courtesy of Abcnews

Mission and duties.

These bomb sniffing White House police K-9 officers which numbers around 75 dogs have undergone 20 weeks of training each in a 500-acre Secret Service facility in Laurel, Maryland. Their prime mission was to provide skilled and specialized explosives detection support on the protective efforts carried out by the men and women of the White House assigned US Secret Service protectees.

Breeds and specifics.

Since its establishment in 1977, the US Secret Service K-9 unit’s choice of breed does not point out to a single or specific breed but these canines are chosen based on their capabilities and sustainability to handle the tough job. Among those regularly chosen were full grown young adult Belgian Malinois, Dutch and German Shepherds. Puppies and rescued dogs are not accepted in the unit. The US Secret Service K-9 unit are obtained through an undisclosed professional breeding program outside of the US. The K-9 secret service unit of the President was fully funded by the federal government.

Public safety precaution.

As these canines are highly trained and focused on their assigned duties, the public are given instructions and awareness not to approach or obstruct them at all times. These canines are dedicated on their roles and missions and never should be distracted or patted in any part of their body at any time even if one is a well-intended animal and dog lover. They simply are not accustomed to such and are just simply doing their vital duty and job.

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Memoirs of a Beloved Furry Friend

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Chubby was not just a dog. To Maria, a 23 year old photographer in Cleveland, Chubby was more than half of her life. But some things does not really last forever. Even life itself. For Maria it was a difficult decision to make. Over the years, Chubby has gone ill and her health deteriorated due to a disease – cognitive dysfunction, the equivalent of Alzheimer’s to humans.  Seeing her suffered despite her everyday usual routine cheering up Maria and making her day glow since she was a seven year old little girl.  Chubby was her best friend, a cherished little sister. They grew together, they have lived together along with their home grown family for the last 16 years. Chubby was her favourite part of her being, her life.

A Pound dog finds a home and a family.

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Her family got Chubby from a pound. They grew up and enjoy life together. She remembers disturbing her impatiently from her puppy naps just to be able to be and play with her,  Whenever there are guests visiting at their home, she would often greet, “Do you want to see my dog?!” rather than saying “Hi” first. Chubby has witnessed so far the most important part of Maria’s life.

Chubby’s Alzheimer

The dog has gone into life changing ordeal being at her old age. A couple of years back, cataracts strikes first followed by the loss of her hearing and other old age symptoms follows through. She lost traction of her paws, sleeplessness and just wanders going around in circles. An ordeal Maria couldn’t stand watching it and just simply broke her heart watching and thinking she’s suffering.  The Vet recommended a supplement and later on pills to help her out.  Chubby also cannot climb up anymore to her bed leading to a series of bed replacements to comfort her. Then she started throwing up and stopped eating.  Some medicines don’t seem to work for her soon. Her anxiety and sleeplessness continue. Maria knows time is coming soon to her beloved pet but somehow she has not anticipated it sooner.  Her blood works are fine but the x-ray reveals gallstones. Surgery was an option but Chubby was way too weak to go through it. The medicines might work but really no guaranty it could remove the stones.  For 3 day in a row she did not take any food. And the very tough decision has to be done.

Chubby’s memoir in images.

As Maria decided to choose the day for Chubby to be put down, she thought of documenting their last days together with the help of a friend photographer, Suzanne Price.  Some of Maria’s memoirs of her dearest best bud can be viewed through her website, just click the image of Maria and her late dog Chubby above to get to the link of her website.

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Saving Excalibur! (Updated)

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Mom got infected for her dedication to care for the sick.

Teresa Romero Ramos, 44 a nurse from Spain was the first person who was diagnosed with the deadly Ebola virus outside West Africa. She got the virus from the Spanish missionaries Manuel Garcia Viejo and Miguel Pajares, both came from missions in West Africa. Ramos was the nurse assigned to care for the two missionaries which both have died from the virus last month. Along with her husband, Javier Limon, the couple were now in separate isolation in Carlos III hospital in Madrid.

Dad plead for help.

Recently, Ramos’s husband, Javier in an effort managed to forward a message from his hospital room claiming Madrid health officials are asking his consent to enter their house to get their dog whom officials thought might also be infected with the virus.  Javier told that before leaving the house and going to the hospital he had filled the bath and several buckets with water and left 15 kilo sack of dog food. He also left the terrace door open for the dog to do his necessities.  Javier could not agree on putting their dog down to solve the infection the easy way.  All he ever wanted was to also put the dog in quarantine like they did to him and his wife.  The officials later told him they will be getting a court order to enter their house and put down their pet dog, Excalibur.  Javier’s message was sent to his friends and colleagues with the appeal to get it on social media via a co-nurse of his wife. The recipient then confirmed the authenticity of the message before publishing it on social media.  Javier’s appeal were picked up by several Spanish newspaper. The daily El Mundo even managed to get a quick five-minute phone interview with Javier and posted it in their website.  Javier also told the reporter that his wife had followed all health safety protocols yet have no idea how they could have gotten infected.

According to the report sent by health officials in Madrid that, “although dogs can’t contact Ebola, it is possible they can transmit the virus to humans.”

An online petition have already attracted 255,000 signatures not to put down Excalibur, the dog thought by Madrid health officials could also have the Ebola virus just because his parents were under quarantine and believed to be infected with the virus.

Why do I have to suffer the consequence?

Animal activists rally over the internet to save the life of an innocent dog a few people in Madrid thought could be infected with Ebola.  The parents of Excalibur believed that their pet dog must also be given the treatment they now are getting, isolated and quarantined. For this they get to have that chance to live despite the deadly virus in their system.  All they request now was for their dog to have an equal treatment he need and killing the dog is not option just to give instant solution to the virus that was now in Madrid due to the negligence of a few human being.  Why must an innocent dog’s life be wasted as an easy solution to a human failure?

Update: as of Oct, 24, 2014

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GREAT NEWS!!!

The test result of Bentley, the quarantined dog of Nina Pham, the nurse that contacted Ebola caring for Eric Duncan, the first Ebola patient who died in the US was released negative of the virus!

Now the thought about the case of Excalibur:   Had he been treated the same as Bentley, Excalibur must have been alive today. May Excalibur’s sacrificial death brought fresolution of this disease. RIP Excalibur!

Read more about it HERE

 

 

 

 

 

Update: as of Oct, 10, 2014

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the rainbow bridge opens wide for Excalibur

As the whole humanity worries about the effect of the Ebola virus, Spain has to do what has to be done in order to serve and protect the greater risk on the uncertainty and behavior of the threatening deadly virus to humans. Madrid, equipped with a court order got to the couple’s apartment and took the dog. The Regional Agency issued a statement that it had put down Excalibur, his corpse  was put in a biosecurity device and cremated last Oct. 7, 2014 in an authorized disposal facility.

Excalibur’s death sealed  what could have been the case of Ebola exposure through the canine of what experts say ‘they are uncertain of what risk that poses to humans.’

 

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Lazarus: The Dog Who Comes Back to Life!

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An amazing battle with death.

The dog came to the shelter last August 19, with cut and bloody after his owner dropped him off after surviving a car accident as told by Capt. Bobby Blankenship, the city shelter supervisor . Even the Vet wonders how did he survived the accident. The shelter tried to find him a new home but nobody wants him. Thus on the evening of Sept. 10, the Vet came to conduct the procedure to euthanize the dog who nobody wanted to adopt. As the shelter policy, if the dog has been up for adoption for over a week and nobody would adopt the canine, it will be scheduled for euthanasia. His tag noted that he was scheduled to be put down and the procedure schedule will be administered on Sept. 10, 2014.

Nothing but a nap.

Euthanasia is nothing but a restful nap to this black and brown ,mixed breed mutt where officers and staff of the shelter saw what they believed as a miraculous ‘risen from the dead’ ordeal of a 4 year-old male dog using a dose of lethal chemical injection. But the procedure somehow failed and the dog survived.

Once is not enough.

Animal control officer Wanda Snell witnessed the Vet injected the lethal injection. After the injection, the Vet checked the canine’s heartbeat the first time but felt a faint heartbeat still thus he administered a second dose of the deadly substance and injected it once more. And as he lay still and thought to be dead, Snell head for home that night.  The dog’s dead body was left overnight in a pen

What she couldn’t understand was how the dog could survive the killing effect of the drug injected to him twice and bounce back to life overnight?

A risen dog named Lazarus.

After all what he has gone through, the shelter staff found him a fitting name – Lazarus, the man Jesus brought back to life in the Holy Bible.

The risen dog found a home.

When Cortney Blankenship posted and campaigned the story of the dog on Facebook, the fate of the unwanted dog twisted anew. Other claim for the dog surfaced.  But Lazarus now was now under the care of Jane Holston of Helena. Lazarus was happy with his new housemate Tucker, another rescue dog living along with the Holston family.

A puzzling new life.

Although diagnosed with a heart worm disease, Lazarus was under medication.  The damaged leg from the car accident was mended and casted.  Life to Lazarus may have been going through all those ordeals. Although many may not survive what he has gone through as science still find its way how things have happened. Dr. Robert Lofton of Auburn University said such cases are rare but could also be the case of mishandling due to improper dose of the lethal chemical or needle procedure.

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Felicity, the Puppy Cruelly Branded with Profanity

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WARNING: profanity in still images.

Felicity, a 7-month old pit bull mix was a victim of a strange animal cruelty. She was taken in last month when the Lexington Humane Society found her tied to a fence on Campbell Street in Lexington, Kentucky with a profane word branded unto her body that chemically burned her fur and skin. Based on the society’s assessment and development manager Ashley Hammond, the pup seems to be pretty forgiving after the cruel ordeal and trauma that she has undergone physically and that she might not suffer emotionally.  The society has decided to let the pup undergo a cosmetic surgery to at least hide the nasty profane word that branded Felicity. Felicity is now under recovery.

People who have seen Felicity were outraged by the cruel acts done to the poor animal. “There was an attempt to make a word on the canine,” said Lt. Lee Agee, with Lexington-Fayette Animal Care & Control.  The case as still being investigated and no leads so far as of press time. For now, Felicity is in home with Lexington Humane Society. A fund was earmarked coming from the donation of the people who have seen the plight of Felicity and a reward was up to $3,500.00 to find the dog’s abuser.

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City of Los Angeles to fine Dog Owners for Walking Dogs without Leashes

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Attention dog owners in the Los Angeles area, L.A. City Councilman Paul Koretz said, “The city just needs a little clout,” referring to regulating one of the most frequent complaints by the citizens of Los Angeles aside from urinating in public and garbage dumping on public places. A pilot program for the Administrative Citation Enforcement, it will give the L.A. police and the Department of Animal Services a new enforcement tool to impose fines that bypasses the nities of the court system. Currently officers can only give warnings or launch a criminal misdemeanor case for violators who commit these petty crimes. But enforcement is difficult since officers are reluctant to file a case said Councilman Koretz.

Under the program, initial violators will be fined with $100, succeeding offenses will rose to $250, $500, $1,000 and so on.  But officers have the option to issue a warning, the penalty and/or file a related case. Other offenses included in the program are: drinking alcohol in public, smoking in prohibited areas and using fireworks.  The program was said to generate around $1.59 million for the city fund once Mayor Eric Garcetti approved and signed its implementation.

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Gulluk’s Voyage to Nowhere: A Puzzle Everyone Awaits

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Gulluk, an 11 year old 30 kg black, grey and white Labrador husky was born to survive even the worst cold weather condition and was a trained sled dog. He belong to a unique rare breed of emblematic cross breed of Labrador with the wolves who now has as few as 60 to 70 in number remaining alive all over the world.  Owned by Dan and Donna Bowden, the dog have broader chest, stockier legs, enormous paws and massive head.  Labrador huskies are a working breed who are trained to run on vast snow fields and terrains, Gulluk loves to run and so he did.  On March 26 while snow wind howls at 145 kms/hr he leaped out the fence of the Bowdens and started his runaway journey and initially wandering around St. Margaret’s Bay where the Bowdens and their neighbors rally around luring him with everything from roasts chicken, turkey, steak, bacon and everything they could think of.

Gulluk came to the Bowden’s home when the couple was still in grief from the death of Gulluk’s older brother Jack, who died from a massive heart attack on the night of Jan. 31, Donna’s birthday. Jack was a sled dog given to them by Scott Hudson who also gave them Gulluk when Jack died. When Gulluk came to them, he initially went straight to the fridge and lay down the floor as if sniffing the scent of his brother who was has once lied in the same spot dead. Brothers Jack and Gulluk even appeared together before when they are both living on the TV series Survivorman in the episode entitled: Labrador.

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It might be that Gulluk wandered somewhere looking for his long lost brother Jack or maybe he has gone to the rest of his own pack and breed somewhere in the vast snowy terrains.  The search continue and the Bowdens although devastated by their loss was optimistic Gulluk would find his way home to his loving adopted parents.

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Man Published a Satirical Magazine on How Awful Dogs Are

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In Germany where dogs are adored by millions of its citizen, there is a certain person whose passionate hatred about dogs corroborated with a few friend journalists who aimed to come up with a magazine about dogs’ undesirable traits and characteristics. Wuf Beleites, a 67 years old wiry chain smoker satirical writer was five when he had a nasty experience with a dog. He was nipped by his grandfather’s Spitz that sparked his dislike and anger to the canine animal breed ever since.  It was in 1992, when he requested a friend if he could fill up a blank trademark space in the newsletter his friend will publish for others to purchase. Beleites thought of the German phrase “Kot & Köter” which when translated would mean: “Poop & Pooches.” The unusual name caught the attention of a reporter for which an article was created out of it. Some local TV picked up the story making Beleites an instant celebrity as he outspokenly talked about his dislike about how awful dogs are, how they smell, shed, bark and bite. Show participants would often booed him for his opinions as he was paid for guesting stints to most of the shows. Beleites said the TV shows were just casting agents just looking for some good guy to pit by a bad guy. And after six years of pretending on shows, he got bored and vanished. Only to be back in July 2013 during the time where freelance journalism in Germany dwindled financially.  Along with some friends they successfully have crowdfunded the real publishing of Kot & Köter magazine raising around  €7,000 (about $9,060) from an online crowd funding site. The first paper copies of 1,000 was sold out and re printed another 1,750 copies more.

Beleites have been the subject and target of hate mails, angry phone calls and tongue lashings from dog lovers and supporters. But there is a funny thing about him that his wife Heidi had said about him: “The dogs always go to him,” she noticed as he sat on a chair in an outdoor restaurant, within minutes a large salivating dog came close near him.

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Toxic Love, What Thou Art Done To an Innocent Dog?

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Love is supposed to be the most wonderful thing anybody can give and have. Love coming from a loving creature, be it human or not is the most wonderful experience. But, when love has gone way somewhere over the edge, it can unfortunately lead to an evil doing and a powerless and weak loving soul could be a helpless victim.

Last Sept 13, 2014 in Palo Cedro, a man allegedly was charged with animal cruelty and other grave charges when he fed his ex-girlfriend dinner meal with a meat of her missing Pomeranian dog named ‘Bear.’ The dog has been missing since early August according to the man’s ex-girlfriend. The couple has gone through some break and some issues of domestic violence has taken place during the relationship. But when September comes, the couple reconciled and as a truce offering, the guy sent a cooked meal to the girl followed by a couple of texts asking the girl, ‘How’s the taste of her pet which he texted as the meat in the meal he sent.  The guy allegedly also dropped a small bag with the dog paws inside it.

What an insane way to get a way and even with someone who has done some not so nice thing about someone while you are on a relationship? And what’s the helpless and poor dog got to do to make the poor creature be butchered and killed in the cruellest way? This tragic crime have sent mllions of animal lovers in rage and hatred and compassion to the poor dog who have suffered torture and death into the hands of a criminal to the helpless ones.

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Zeus, The Gigantic Great Dane and World’s Tallest Dog Dies at Age 5

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Zeus with his gigantic size had an enormous way of sweetest and joy he could bring not only as a family pet to the Doorlag family of Otsego, Michigan but to many people who seek his service as a Therapy Dog.  He might not fit in to his parents lap but he’s definitely have a big heart that could fit in anybody’s heart. Standing at 7 ft. 4 inches on his hind legs, Zeus was a joy to everyone he visits in school, in the hospitals, in homes where someone needed to smile and be well.  Walking tall in his heights, this biggie always curl up to the hugs and kisses of everyone who loves him. He eats an average of 30 lbs. of dog food every day. His body could more look like that of a horse but once he stood up on his hind legs he is like a star player cager in the NBA. Other household pets of the Doorlag family looks like cuddly plush toys once they get close to him.  But just like any other adorable and sweet dogs, he loves to sit on everyone’s lap and curl his body across.

Kevin Doorlag with his great Dane, Zeus, in 2010

Unfortunately, his old age at 5 years old cannot take much of his enormous body structure and he gives in and goes back to our Creator last week.  His family and all those who knew him well grieves but not at all despaired since Zeus has lived a meaningful and important life better than most of us.  The Doorlag family greatly misses Zeus and the looks of those people who have encountered him as he goes around Kalamazoo area fulfilling his duty as a therapy dog.

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