If you are a dog lover...you might not wanty to read this...

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  1. basicstrategy777, Aug 1, 2019

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    A Letter from the Rainbow Bridge
    Hi, Mom

    Now that I’ve been across The Rainbow Bridge for a couple weeks, they said I should write a letter home. Sorry, Mom but I’m so busy ‘across the bridge’ that I haven’t thought of home much. They said it’s okay and that you would understand. I hope you do. (I think you will.)
    Remember that night when I wasn’t feeling very well and we were all crying? I don’t remember much, but I do remember seeing and hearing all of you and feeling your touches and hugs…I remember hearing “we love you” and that one last command of “Go through”. I didn’t know what you meant, so I turned around and walked through the fog that was in front of me. I saw the biggest bridge I’ve ever seen! And so many friends on the other side of it! They were all playing with toys and balls! You were right to tell me to go there!
    My feet kept moving forward, but my heart kept pulling me back. Your touches became lighter and lighter and I wanted to come back and nudge your hands for more love, but I was overcome by this feeling of curiosity for the happy place over the bridge! My feet started moving on their own, like a gentle breeze was moving them forward for me! I can’t explain it, but I had no doubt that it was the right thing to do!
    So, I walked across that big, huge bridge by myself! I looked for you, because you’re always by my side, walking with me, but this was different. I didn’t have a collar around my neck or a leash connecting me to you ~ I was ‘free’! Even though you weren’t there with me, I never felt alone! I actually felt like I had a huge cape of love wrapped around my body and the more I walked, the easier it was to breathe! So, I kept walking! And I would feel more warmth in the big hug, so I kept on walking! I eventually made it over the big bridge – I did it by myself, mom. When I got here, all of my new friends greeted me and helped me walk off the bridge ~ it was so cool! They gave me a pair of wings and said that I was now a Guardian Angel!
    What I’ve learned over these past few weeks has been amazing and nothing like I’ve seen before! We’re all the same up here ~ we all have wings and we all have Forever People to watch over ~ that’s YOU, mom !You’re my Forever Person and I’m your Forever Dog! We had such a great life together and I do miss you a LOT, but please know that I am so happy in my new home across The Bridge!
    I’ll send you another Earth Angel so you won’t be alone. Give them your whole heart, like you gave it to me. I’ll check in every so often to make sure they treasure your love ~ I always did! When you miss me, think of a rainbow and know I’m on the other side of it, waiting to walk with you again. I’ll always be in your heart. I love you, mom! Time for me to go play!

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  2. crispcem, Aug 2, 2019

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    Dogs are the best of friends. Trainable, smart, perceptive in ways we can't explain. Somehow they know when a family member is coming home 5-10 minutes before they pull up in the driveway, and "off-schedule". For anyone who has a hole in their heart from whatever loss and pain suffered in life, a dog will surely fill it and more. My heart is with the fearless K9 service dogs. They are called upon to work long hours in deadly fast moving scenarios. They have sacrificed their lives in the line of duty, protecting officers and military from harm countless times, while protecting our neighborhoods and nation.

    "K9 Promise”
    My eyes are your
    eyes,
    To watch and protect you and yours.
    My ears are your ears,
    To hear and detect evil minds in the dark.
    My nose is your nose,
    To scent the invader of your domain.
    And so you may live,
    My life is also yours.
    Author-Unknown


    K-9 Burial Protocol
    “The Rocky Protocol”
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    Purpose of Protocol:
    K9 units have been used in civilian, law enforcement and military applications for almost as long as dogs have been domesticated.
    Many who work with K9s in a variety of capacities understand that it is a tragic oversight that these selfless and loyal soldiers, officers, rescuers and partners are often overlooked by the communities they serve as well as the agencies and organizations that employ them. No human counterpart goes home with their
    partner, becomes part of the family or is expected to give up their life for their partner, but K9s do this daily, often without any more recognition than any other fixed asset. This document is an attempt to create a protocol to bring some level of uniformity in honoring these trusted companions when they finally end their vigilant watch over our lives and freedoms.
    These protocols are guidelines only. If an agency chooses not to honor their fallen K9s, the memorial process could certainly be
    undertaken by the handler themselves, any interested group or the community at large. In all cases, the handler’s wishes should be
    taken into consideration before a final plan is determined. In all cases, the public should be made aware of the loss and
    the plans to honor the fallen. It is remarkable to note how much may be donated to the cause by members of the community who respect service animals and will contribute funds, supplies or services to aid in honoring a fallen K9.
    Definitions:
    •Active Duty Death:
    When a K9 who is still a working asset dies outside of their normal duties due to injury or conditions not related to their assignment in any way.
    •Line-of-Duty Death:
    When a K9 dies due to injuries sustained while actively performing their duties. This is regardless if the death is due to assaultive actions of criminals/soldiers or incurred accidentally due to the
    chaos of the situation sometimes called the “fog of war.”
    •Post Duty Death:
    When a K9 who has been formally retired from service dies for any reason.
    Burial Types
    • K9s may be interred intact or cremated as directed by
    either the handler or agency policy.
    • All K9s should be interred (even if cremated) to reduce the likelihood of intentional or accidental desecration of their remains unless the handler or employing agency has determined an appropriate place to scatter their ashes.
    • If cremation is chosen, this process should be handled as soon after death as possible. Veterinarians, Pet Adoption Offices or Animal Shelters may provide this service locally.
    • If intact burial is chosen, the remains should be first enclosed in some form of casket and burial should take place as quickly as possible. If there is any question as to burial time frame, cremation should be seriously considered.
    Honors Bestowed:
    Honors bestowed on K9s are often comparable to their human counterparts.Any K9s suffering “Post-duty” deaths as defined above may be exempted by their agencies from receiving full honors, although this is discouraged.
    Any or all of the following guidelines may help in determining which is appropriate for your office, agency or organization:
    Honor Guard:
    Honor Guard members shall be used if at all possible. Their roles
    may include, but are not limited to the following:
    • Guarding the body/ashes until burial/scattering.
    • Guarding the grave site until ceremony conclusion (if applicable).
    • All aspects of flag control, movement and/or presentation.
    • Gun Salute duties.
    • Taps or other music if this is normally handled by Honor Guard at your agency.
    • Escort duties to the handler and/or their survivors if needed.
    Pall Bearer(s):
    • Pall Bearer(s) are to be at the discretion/approval of the K9 handler or the handler’s survivors.
    Recommendations may be made by the employing agency.
    • It is recommended that the handler or their survivors not act as pall bearers unless they specifically request that responsibility.
    • If the choice is left to the employing agency, pall bearers will normally be Honor Guard members or other K9 handlers if possible.
    Flags:
    • Flags on a permanent
    flagpole at the main office and/or location of burial shall be lowered to half-mast during the ceremony, beyond that is at the discretion of the controlling party.
    • Flags not on a permanent flagpole shall be attended by an honor guard member unless presented to another for safekeeping.
    • The remains of the fallen may be draped in a flag or have a flag displayed near the remains during the ceremony to honor the fallen
    • The flag shall be the flag of the state for local and state agencies or the flag of the country for all federal agencies.
    • This flag shall be folded properly by an honor guard either before or during the ceremony.
    • This flag shall be presented to the K9’s handler or the handler’s survivors by an honor guard member using appropriate protocols.
    • A shadowbox may be provided to the flag recipient at the discretion of those hosting the ceremony.
    21-Gun Salute:
    • A 21-gun salute is reserved only for those K9s who died “Line-of
    -Duty” deaths as defined above.
    •This salute is performed in a normal military
    fashion:
    •Seven Honor Guard members with rifles containing 3 blank cartridges each.
    • The Guard is near, but removed from the area of congregation during the ceremony.
    • On orders of the commanding officer, the Guard fires three volleys of fire.
    Taps:
    • It is both permissible and appropriate at all ceremonies for a fallen K9 to have “taps” played live on a bugle or from a recording.
    Example: Victoria County Sheriff’s Office K9, Rocky Background:On September 16, 2013, Rocky, a 9-year-old Belgian Malinois K-9 officer was lost to complications from a degenerative medical condition he had fought for over two years. Rocky was a dual-purpose K-9 who joined his handler and partner Corporal Craig Kirkpatrick at the Victoria County Sheriff’s Office in Victoria, Texas in 2008. He was used for narcotics detection, tracking, suspect apprehension and Officer protection.During his service with the Victoria County Sheriff’s Office, Rocky assisted Craig in the seizure of over $7.3 million worth of illegal narcotics and US Currency. The team also made 136 arrests and captured many assault weapons, weapon accessories and body armor used by criminals. Rocky and Craig had also been recognized by the National Narcotic Detector Dog Association.
    In 2011 Rocky and Craig placed 1st at the NNDDA National competition in West Columbia, TX.
    Rocky also won 1st for Top Belgian Malinois, 1st for team competition and received the Bark, Bandit, Trooper award.
    In Vicksburg, MS in 2012, they placed 3rd at the NNDDA Nationals and 1st for Top Belgian Malinois.
    Rocky’s handler Corporal Kirkpatrick stated, “Rocky was not only a loyal partner and Officer, he was also able to deter many types of criminals while remaining a trusted and loved member of my family. He will be sorely missed and never forgotten.
    Statistics:The statistics of Rocky’s service from 2008 until End of Watch follow:
    •Number of Significant Seizures: 33
    •Sight Arrests: 136 •Marijuana: 2,280 LBS (Street Value $1,824,000.00)
    •Cocaine: 57.4 Kilos (Street Value $3,726,235.00)
    •Meth: 9.2 Kilos (Street Value $770,000.00)
    •Heroin: 1.44 Kilos (Street Value $129,600.00)
    •MDMA: 1500 Tablets (Street Value $22,500.00)
    •Crack Cocaine: 13 Grams(Street Value $1050.00)
    •US Currency: $890,514.00
    •Over 20 assault rifles, bullet proof vests and assortment of illegal accessories.
    Total of US Currency and street value of narcotics $7,364,399.00
    Memorial Service Planning and Execution:
    •Soon after Rocky’s passing, the Sheriff determined it would be best to cremate his remains. This was done for the Sheriff’s Office at no charge by the Dorothy O’Connor Pet Adoption Center.
    •As soon as Rocky’s death was announced to the community several groups/individuals stepped forward to provide donations for a replacement K9.
     
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  3. yacraps, Aug 3, 2019

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    Nice post Crisp
     
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