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Remembering K9 Blek

Remembering K9 Blek

“K9 Blek gave it all, who started it all.” -Kristi Schiller, K9s4COPs Founder and Board Chair

“December 22, 2009 … is a day of mourning to one of my dearest friends but at the same time I credit a sad day by celebrating a monumental life changing incident that brought me to know one of my best friends, Ted Dahlin Within weeks of seeing this story of the K9 handler and his trusted companion “Blek” was the moment K9s4Cops.org was born. I watched on the news as I saw the Harris County Constable Pct 4 lost his beloved partner “K9 Blek” in the line of duty. Blek gave his life while doing his job and protecting the life of his handler that he loved. Our emotional summary we often say is “BLEK GAVE ALL THAT STARTED IT ALL” I certainly had NO IDEA what a journey would be in front of me or how much Ted Dahlin and his family would be a part of my life — and the mission we would go on together while building a team of faithful trusted team of officers including HCSO Sgt Chris Moore HCSO Sgt Mike Thomas and HPD Sgt Stuart Red that would all come together to change the face of the law enforcement world one K9 at a time. We have traveled to Hollywood, the French Embassy, NYC, Washington DC, and have been lauded with our own day … K9s4COPs Day at the Capitol of the Lone Star State and been the “Fan Favorite” at the 125th Rose Bowl Parade!!! We have also been to some very remote places but the laughs, tears and the stories were no less prevalent. I had NO IDEA if my little idea would work. Honestly, I was too naive to be intimidated. I was a Mom with a toddler that just wanted to make a difference. Basically, I had no clue what the hell I was embarking on, but was excited non the less. I remember saying “maybe one day Dallas or South Texas would need a dog or my gosh, maybe like California!!” Many close to me thought I was nuts. So many people tried to talk me out of doing this and said “it was a wasted effort” or even better was “Police Departments don’t need $ the taxpayers pay for everything” (TRUST ME, that is NOT anywhere close to the truth) I had no Cliff Notes to reference and certainly felt like Stevie Wonder giving driving lessons more often than not. I have been praised but at the same time I have endured my share of condescending attitudes. I learned first hand, not everyone (no matter how enthusiastic) wants to get on your wagon. That is ok. Eventually you fill your wagon with the right people. I have met some of the most amazing people along this journey that I wouldn’t trade their friendship for anything. Every bit of what we raise goes directly into the purchase of the best K9s and the betterment and the enrichment of of the handler and his K9 companion. I wake up most days of the week to huge drug busts — those guys are heroes. A lot of what the public doesn’t see is maybe when they use their K9 to calm a situation or get to do a demo with children — or they have swept a 106K person stadium for nefarious odors keeping the venue safe for people to enjoy. I could write a book and go on for hours about the admiration I have for my handlers and my vendors that make it happen. We eventually DID make it to Dallas and we have made a huge impact throughout South Texas and yes, we have placed a fair share in CA, Iowa, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Ohio, Kentucky, Minnesota, Louisiana, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Oregon, Georgia, Vermont, Wyoming, Indiana and even Paris, France. Too many to actually name – actually 30 more states! This is my passion and truly my life calling! We are fast approaching the $300 million dollar mark in valuations of cash and contraband seized by K9s4COPs — I pinch myself daily knowing this was all a dream that came from me walking in front of the TV at Christmas and watching an officer I didn’t know be interviewed with tears in his eyes talking about the love he had for his partner. Everyday we are all reminded “BLEK DID GIVE ALL THAT STARTED IT ALL.” Obviously, I never had the pleasure of knowing this incredible dog only his handler- but he has touched my life and my family forever. I can confidently say that the over 200 Departments that have K9s4COPs ambassadors are grateful as well. I don’t know many humans that have had the same kind of impact even after crossing the rainbow bridge. Ted and I remind ourselves constantly that Blek’s death has not been in vain. Nine years later, because of K9 Blek a life is being saved, streets are safer and communities sleep easier all across the US. I am blessed. This year when you are wondering where to give from the heart – or what you can do selflessly please keep K9s4COPs in your mind. Every dollar makes a difference and SO CAN YOU!!!!!!” -Kristi Schiller

www/K9s4Cops.org/donate

The Month of K9 Blek | EOW 12-22-2009
Please continue to help us make our communities and schools safe. Your gift to K9s4COPs keeps on giving! Any donation is greatly appreciated!

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K9s4COPs Limited Edition Ornaments are HERE!

Now is the time to purchase your limited edition K9s4COPs ornament! Limited stock available.

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As 2018 is coming to an end…we need your help! Take our K$9 challenge by donating $9 today to help K9s4COPs kick off the new year!

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We appreciate your support! Wishing you and your family a happy and safe Holiday Season!

The Month of K9 Blek | EOW 12-22-2009

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“K9 Blek gave it all, who started it all.” -Kristi Schiller, K9s4COPs Founder and Board Chair

Your gift to K9s4COPs keeps on giving!

Donate $9 in honor of the 9 years since K9 Blek’s passing.

It was a news story about Harris County PCT 4 Constable Deputy Ted Dahlin and the death of K9 Blek that launched the idea for K9s4COPs. Nine years later, K9s4COPs has gifted nearly 200 K9s to law enforcement and schools across the United States and Paris, France.

Donations can be made at www.K9s4COPs.org/Donate

K9 Riko

K9 Riko

At the beginning of 2018, we raised $12,000 to purchase and train a new K9 from Facebook donations!

K9 Riko recently graduated from training and is now out on the streets keeping us safe!!!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!!

Happy Birthday K9 Tuko!

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We hope you will help us celebrate K9 Tuko’s 4th Birthday by helping us raise $400 for K9s4COPs.🎉 K9 Tuko will be four on December 2nd!

K9 Tuko was donated to Officer Ryan Davis after his K9 partner, K9 Jethro, was killed in the line of duty.

“I can not express enough thanks and gratitude to the K9s4COPs and Houston K9 Academy families for their love and support. After K9 Jethro was killed in the line of duty they partnered me up with K9 Tuko. While a loved one can never be replaced, Tuko was young and raw and needed guidance much like I needed my time occupied! He has transformed from a baby to a beast! Thank you all!” -Officer Ryan Davis

🚨www.K9s4COPs.org/Donate🚨

K9s4COPs Roll Call

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We want to welcome K9 Cezar to our K9s4COPs family! Cezar and Deputy Taylor recently graduated from training! We are thankful to have these dynamic duos on the streets protecting YOU!

K9 Riko

K9 Riko also graduated from training! We are excited and thankful to add Deputy Kerrigan and K9 Riko to our K9s4COPs family!

To help us get more paw-some K9s on the streets and in schools, please make a donation today at www.K9s4COPs.org/Donate

#K9sGiveThanks | Deputy Russ Day & K9 Astor

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#K9sGiveThanks#GivingTuesday

“I am extremely thankful, not once, but twice to be a part of the K9s4COPs family, and have these two knuckleheads! When Jordan went down to an on-duty training injury, Mrs. Schiller and K9s4COPs never hesitated in replacing him immediately. These dogs continue to impact not only me and my family, but our whole entire community daily. Astor is why I continue the good fight! Thank You to K9s4COPs from the bottom of my heart!” #K9Astor #K9Jordan#thankfulnotoncebuttwice #happythanksgivingtoallfromKY

– Deputy Russ Day

🚨Help us get more K9s on the streets by making a donation today! www.K9s4COPs.org/Donate

#K9sGiveThanks | Deputy Royall & K9 Violet

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#K9sGiveThanks#GivingTuesday

“I am thankful for my partner Violet. She never complains, never gripes and never quits. She faithfully and cheerfully goes to work every day. I’ve had sick days, I’ve had injury. I’ve taken Vacations. Since Violet was donated in 2016 she has never missed a day of work due to illness. She loves to work and even after long days, extra shifts or special events outside of our normal schedule she is ready to go. She has gotten better and better and makes me look like I know what I’m doing. I often tell people that I’m just a hired driver for the talent. Thank you K9s4COPs for providing me with an awesome partner and best buddy.”

-Deputy Royall

💙K9 Violet wants you to take our K$9 Challenge by donating $9 today! www.K9s4COPs.org/Donate