(photo by Ann Todd)"APE"
FBI TACTICAL DOG
KILLED IN ACTION
Today's post is dedicated to remembering and honoring APE and all of the dogs that serve in law enforcement and with the armed forces.
The story of Ape's heroism and dedication to his human team is here at the New York Times.
Long time readers of Pure Florida know I am a dog guy. So you know any dog story, happy or sad, tugs at my heart, but this ...
There is no other animal on the planet, none, that can do what we ask these tactical dogs to do. Whether it's a military dog or a rural deputy's police dog, we ask them to go first, to take the point like Ape did.
When a human officer puts on a gun and a badge, they are making a conscious decision and are aware of the possible consequences. They know that they are duty bound to respond to any emergency and that when things go bad, the public will turn to them for protection. I know this to be true from my 8 years in law enforcement.
Dogs don't have that luxury of being able to ponder the possible outcomes and consequences of their service. They simply want to perform as they were trained and instinctively act to protect "their" humans.
I think it is that innocence of the dog, even a highly trained, powerful police or military dog that makes these losses so painful to me.
These tactical dogs have saved thousands of lives over the years through their keen senses, intelligence, bravery, and awesome physical abilities. We owe them our respect and gratitude for the work they do and, like Ape, the sacrifices they make.
But words are cheap, and canine protective vests ... "bulletproof vests" ... are not.
A single K-9 protective vest costs a little over $1000.00.
Please take a moment and make a donation to VESTED INTEREST IN K-9S, Inc.
If a hundred of us donated ten dollars in Ape's memory, we could outfit another loyal police dog with a protective vest.
We can't bring Ape back, but we can honor his sacrifice with a little sacrifice of our own.