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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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Cadaver Dogs: The Sherlock Bones of the K-9 Police

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The powerful sense of smell.  

One of the dog’s natural trait is its astounding sense of smell. In fact, a dog’s sense of smell is 100 times accurate and stronger than any human.  Thus, there is a particular classification of working dogs whose noses and their keen sense of smell have been developed to do an important role in crime forensics.  These dogs are called cadaver dogs. A cadaver dog is a classification of a search and rescue canine who are further categorized as ‘airscenting’ or trailing dogs.

Cadaver dogs are specially trained canines to trace and follow the scent of a decomposing human flesh.  Although their task was not a pretty thing to do and not the ordinary canine task of search and rescue, their job was vital not only to the families of a crime’s victims but pretty much helpful to the justice system that need a body to prove a crime. These dogs deal on the detection of scent of decomposing bodies above the soil and ground.  The same principle in a canine’s search and knowhow of where he last buried his bone.

Breed and training.

Although breed is not a factor for being a cadaver dog, but a well-built dog is needed to endure long hours of search and trailing. Training for a cadaver dog starts at the age range from 9 to 18 months. Training can take up from 4 to 18 months to complete allowing the dog to properly mature and develop their aptitude and skills in their sense of smell.  Aside from searching and locating cadavers on crime related assignments, they are also trained on various types of assignments such as disaster response and rescue.

Smell and Fetch!

It is said that the task of a cadaver dog can be the biggest challenge in a forensic investigation. Finding a corpse that may have been hidden on piles of dirt, soil and other rubbles is always a difficult place to be especially for humans. But canines whose role was to seek for the scent of a decomposing body the task was just an ordinary play of seeking an object given some point of scent their handler would give them to seek about. It is basically an ordinary game of ‘Fetch!’ to them no matter how stinky the object of the game was.  In order to give due credits to a few of these cadaver dogs whose immense contribution in bringing and finding justice to the bodies they’ve found. In human remains detection, a canine’s nose knows best and can be relied upon in helping solve forensic cases.

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The unfortunate death of a bubbly girl and her pet dog.

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A pet dog so wanted by a bright and bubbly little girl.

Lexi Branson was a four year old bubbly little girl from Leicestershire, England who loves to cuddle her new pet white and brindle Aylestone bulldog Mulan.  Ms Hudson described Mulan as very gentle and shows no aggression towards Lexi.

A dog not suited to a family with small children.

When Jodi Hudson sees the advertised dog on the Willow Tree Kennels, a dog rehoming kennels at Barrow-on-Soar, Leicestershire, all she ever wanted was to make Lexi enjoy and be happy about the pet. She then showed Lexi the dog on the kennels’ place. The staff of the kennel shop had noted that the dog might not be suited for a Family with small children.  But the dog was placid and Lexi seem to like her a lot and keep on stroking her repeatedly. And although Ms Hudson took some time on thoughts. When she returned to the kennels’ she paid £50 to take her home.

The Unheard Warning.

The dog was advertised by Willow Tree Kennels, a dog rehoming Kennels at Barrow-on-Soar, Leicestershire and described it as a dog suited to a home without young children due to its size yet staff described the dog’s temperament as “very friendly. Mulan was brought by Lexi’s mother, Jodi Hudson for £50. But little did she doesn’t know that the dog’s last owner had complained, the dog had attached other dog in their garden and that this owner was also concerned for the safety of his children. So as to be removed from that owner immediately, this last owner tried lying and told the council warden that the dog was a stray. This event should have been properly noted, recorded and known about this animal which could serve as a warning and will aid in the proper information, training and caring for this dog.

The tragic sudden attack.

On September 5, Lexi was off from school because she was not feeling continue well and watching TV. The dog just went up over Lexi and attack her getting straight to her throat.  And although Ms Hudson had tapped the dog’s bum and Sid, ‘No!’ she continued getting through Lexi’s throat and around her mouth. Ms Hudson, upon seeing her struggling daughter desperately tried to pull off the dog from her trying all means possible.  Her screams alerted a neighbor who tried pulling off the dog with a rolled blanket but to no avail. Ms. Hudson then ran over to the kitchen and got hold of the largest knife she saw and went back to the dog repeatedly stabbing it to death with the kitchen knife. She managed to snatch Lexi off outside and began CPR when paramedics and rescuers came shortly.  Lexi has been managed to be airlifted to the Queen’s Medical Centre but died later due to severe facial injuries and suffocation.

A lesson learned.

Adopting a pet, not only dogs have some pros and cons. But it is very vital and important that everything must be accounted for on the past and present situation of the pet for adoption. Every pet owner past and present must account for the animal’s behavior as an aid to properly address and train an animal who rely greatly on care, understanding and proper training on his masters. All of us, humans or not undergo a certain degree of mental and psychological history brought by several circumstances controllable and uncontrollable that information from the past serve as the crucial link for the cure and in seeking for the right treatment. Animal behavior varies not only by its species and breed but most significantly from a prior experience and abuse. We all react based on a given stimuli and the outcome, unfortunate it may seem can sometimes lead to a tragic end and lost lives – human or not.

Source:  BBC News, Huffington Post, Mirror

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Obesity on Dogs: A Lurking Threat To Our Buddies!

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Dog obesity is certainly one of the biggest health issue in raising and caring for our dog buddies. Due to our hectic schedules, we pet parents and caregivers often neglect and forget to watch on our pet diets. And because members of our household tend to also pamper our pets so much, we may have overlooked about things in our pets’ nutritional intake. Like us humans, lack of exercise and bodily activities as well as uncontrolled and unmonitored food consumption lead us to health conditions like obesity, dehydration, high cholesterol, high fat intake, high blood pressure, high sugar count, etc. Our pets likewise can suffer with the same condition.  But since our pets greatly depend on us for care, non-monitoring therefore lead their condition to get worse which when left untreated could lead to fatality.

In order to prevent health risks on our dog buddies, weight management, diet and activity monitoring must be well kept and maintained. In a recent study by the Association of Pet Obesity Prevention, 44% or approximately 33 million dogs in the US canine population were overweight. An alarming number indeed. Below are some of the revelations of canine obesity in the US:

  • Lack of exercise
  • Improper/abnormal diet
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Dog breed genetics

Obesity is a lurking risk and dangers to our pets since this condition could lead to the following health issues:

  • Cardiac arrest
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Orthopaedic injuries such as limb fractures, kneecap dislocations and other types of limb injuries and abnormalities.
  • Hypertension
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Respiratory diseases
  • Other cancerous forms

The signs are often unnoticeable since our pet dogs have a natural tolerance to pain and since they can’t talk like us humans we may never know they are suffering in silence. They often continue to wag their tails, play with us, snug and rub their heads and bodies on us as if everything seems A-Okay. Thus, we pet parents must always be on the look out to monitor and care for them.  Their lack of activity, exercise intolerance, laziness, anxiety, unusual behavior are just of the symptoms barely noticeable to us.  It is important that our pets get to be examined by a Vet once every 6-12 months. Something not so hard to squeeze in from our busy schedules. To help you determine your pet’s weight check, try to do these simple tests yourselves to them:

 A.  Rib Scan. Try to run your hands softly along your pet’s ribcage. You should be able to feel the ribs in thin layer of tissue and fat. If you can’t feel the rib structure and felt only bulk of tissues underneath, chances are your pet is a candidate for obesity.

B.  Tuck View. In a side view angle of your dog, you must be able to view a tucked abdomen.

C.  The Curve. Viewing from above your pet, you must be able to view a moderate narrowing or hollowing at the waist just passing from the ribcage. If it’s a straight or bulging belly-like curve, indicates an excess or overweight condition.

Managing your pets’ weight will not only result in keeping them healthy generally but greatly help in preventing the onset of diseases and injuries that could lead them pain and suffering. A happy dog is a hralthy and lively one that fills our homes with pure happiness and endless joy to us.

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