Dreams Come True – The Rose Parade

California here we come! Everyone knows I love Southern California, but I absolutely CANNOT wait to head to Pasadena for the 125th Annual Tournament of Roses Parade this New Year’s Day!

I’m simply OVER THE MOON that K9s4COPs was honored by the Tournament of Roses Association with a float entry to the Rose Parade. The theme for the 125th Tournament is “Dreams Come True,” rather apropos for what K9s4COPs has accomplished in just three short years. Thanks to our generous supporters, we have gifted 50 K9s to 23 agencies since 2011.

The Tournament of Roses offers us an unprecedented opportunity to share K9s4COPs with the masses. The parade itself will have more than 700,000 in attendance andmore than 840,000 online viewers, and it will be televised before 74 million!

We—my husband John, daughter Sinclair and I, along with K9s4COPs Executive Director Liz Lara Carreno, Harris County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Ted Dahlin, whose tragic loss of his K9 partner Blek inspired the creation of the foundation, and Harris County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Mike Thomas —have the grand honor riding the K9s4COPs float with a 55-foot tall replica of my personal protection dog Johnny Cash, a King Shepherd, in full K9 protective gear.

Award- winning Fiesta Parade Floats has constructed our entry entitled, “Working Together For Safer Communities.” They’re also constructing a float for Miracle-Gro, which I’m sure they’re going to need to complete ours! In keeping with tradition, the entire float—even Johnny Cash’s fur and Kevlar vest, is made entirely of flowers – or seeds and grasses rather.

Our inaugural Rose Parade float is dedicated to the heroic law enforcement K9 units across America and the men and women in blue who work so hard to keep our communities safe.

I am so honored to have K9s4COPs be a part of the time-honored American tradition, and I think John said something about a football game???

K9s4COPs at the Rose Parade, CultureMap Houston

River Oaks makes the Rose Bowl parade: Are you ready for a 22-foot-tall German shepherd?

 

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The K9s4COPS float features a 22-foot tall German Shepherd covered in seeds and grasses to create realistic fur.

When the floats begin rolling down the streets of Pasadena, Calif., on New Year’s Day, K9s4COPs will be among the 45 entries in the 125th annual Rose Parade. It will be the only Texas non-profit represented along the 5.5 mile course.

The coup was the brainchild of K9s4COPs founder Kristi Schiller, who felt that the parade with an estimated one billion viewers would be an effective way to expand the K9 audience nationally and internationally. Financed through private donations, the float featuring a larger-than-life German shepherd is designed by Tim Estes, owner of Fiesta Parade Floats. That company has won the Sweepstakes award for best design in each of the last 20 years. Kristi and John Schiller and their daughter, Sinclair, will ride the float along with K9s4COPs mascot Johnny Cash (the pooch serves as the Schillers’ personal protection dog). Joining them will be K9s executive director Liz Lara-Carreno, Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Deputy Ted Dahlin and K9 Daisy and Harris County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Mike Thomas with K9 Tamara.

Decorative flowers will include 50,000 roses to comprise the lush red carpet gardens.

The 22-foot tall stately German shepherd that is focal point of the float will be covered in a variety of seeds and grasses to create a realistic look of fur. (Black onion and beige sesame seeds with accents of pharmitas and pampas grass and nyjer seed on the “protective” vest are employed in the design.) An interesting design feature — the dog “folds” from its full height down to 16 feet, allowing the float to pass under low wires and a freeway bridge.

Decorative flowers will include 50,000 roses to comprise the lush red carpet gardens, plus floral displays of orange, red and purple in red ginger, Lobster Claw, Rostrata, Caribaea and Parakeet heliconia, bird of paradise, leucadendron, liatris, roses and specialty anthuriums. In addition, thousands of Oncidium orchids, roses and bird of paradise will decorate the rear of the float.

 

Source: http://houston.culturemap.com/news/social/12-28-13-river-oaks-makes-the-rose-bowl-parade-are-you-ready-for-a-22-foot-tall-german-shepherd/​

TK9O Obstacle Course Results

Texas K9 Officers Conference and Trials 2013

Obstacle Course Results

1

Brian Wullweber and

K9 Brix

12:39:27

2

Josh Ridings and

K9 Partner

15:21:00

3

Shawn Brown and

K9 Bret

16:03:12

4

Clayton Marshall and

K9 Ron

16:28:00

5

Daniel Kerrigan and

K9 Bailey

18:43:00

6

James Glaze and

K9 Cir

18:53:00

7

Jason Denham and

K9 Sjors

19:16:28

8

Tyson Sutton and

K9 Rosco

19:26:25

9

George Love and

K9 Gerard

20:05:15

10

Scott Collins and

K9 Partner

20:21:18

11

Clayton Weikel and

K9 Rohdy

21:01:00

12

Jason Prince and

K9 Duce

21:19:34

13

Eric Newman and

K9 Bear

21:50:00

14

Dennis Shadden and

K9 Ronnie

22:27:03

15

Gary Laws and

K9 Baron

23:25:00

16

Alex Chapa and

K9 Rocco

23:59:00

17

Kenneth Taylor and

K9 Xsara

26:05:09

18

John Walker and

K9 Gorbi

27:09:35

19

David Everton and

K9 Ranger

27:12:35

20

Chance Davis and

K9 Iris

31:14:28

 

TK9O Obstacle Course Results

Texas K9 Officers Conference and Trials 2013

Obstacle Course Results

1

Brian Wullweber and

K9 Brix

12:39:27

2

Josh Ridings and

K9 Partner

15:21:00

3

Shawn Brown and

K9 Bret

16:03:12

4

Clayton Marshall and

K9 Ron

16:28:00

5

Daniel Kerrigan and

K9 Bailey

18:43:00

6

James Glaze and

K9 Cir

18:53:00

7

Jason Denham and

K9 Sjors

19:16:28

8

Tyson Sutton and

K9 Rosco

19:26:25

9

George Love and

K9 Gerard

20:05:15

10

Scott Collins and

K9 Partner

20:21:18

11

Clayton Weikel and

K9 Rohdy

21:01:00

12

Jason Prince and

K9 Duce

21:19:34

13

Eric Newman and

K9 Bear

21:50:00

14

Dennis Shadden and

K9 Ronnie

22:27:03

15

Gary Laws and

K9 Baron

23:25:00

16

Alex Chapa and

K9 Rocco

23:59:00

17

Kenneth Taylor and

K9 Xsara

26:05:09

18

John Walker and

K9 Gorbi

27:09:35

19

David Everton and

K9 Ranger

27:12:35

20

Chance Davis and

K9 Iris

31:14:28

 

TK9O Narcotics Trial Results

Texas K9 Officers Conference and Trials 2013

Narcotics Trial Results​

1

Wullweber, Brian

K9 Brix

69

2

Palermo, John

K9 Rico

69

3

Patterson, Donald

K9 Arko

69

4

Stanley, Michael

K9 Tex

69

5

Tang, Val

K9 Partner

68

6

Taylor, Kenneth

K9 Xsara

68

7

Marshall, Clayton

K9 Ron

67

8

Brown, Shawn

K9 Bret

67

9

Collins, Scott

K9 Partner

67

10

Denham, Jason

K9 Sjors

66

11

Stevens, Jeremy

K9 Partner

66

12

Adams, Ben

K9 Buzz

64

13

Williams, Billy

K9 Storm

64

14

Weikel, Clayton

K9 Rohdy

64

15

Beeman, Jonathon

K9 Partner

60

16

Pereira, Eddie

K9 TY

59

17

Walker, John

K9 Gorbi

59

18

Ridings, Josh

K9 Partner

59

19

Morrow, TC

K9 Blitz

58

20

Nesbitt, Koby

K9 Hiko

57

21

Everton, David

K9 Ranger

56

22

Kerrigan, Daniel

K9 Bailey

56

23

Smith, James

K9 Basco

56

24

Klehm, Seth

K9 Partner

55

25

Fuente, David

K9 Emmy

55

26

Jenkins, Daniel

K9 Partner

53

27

Laws, Gary

K9 Baron

52

28

Davis, Chance

K9 Iris

49

29

Glaze, James

K9 Cir

43

 

TK9O Patrol Trial Results

Texas K9 Officers Conference and Trials 2013

Patrol Trial Results

 

#

Handler

Dog

Patrol 1

Patrol 2

Patrol 3

Total

1

Wullweber, Brian

K9 Brix

5

1

2

8

2

Tang, Val

K9 Partner

2

5

7

14

3

Stanley, Michael

K9 Tex

8

2

9

19

3

Palermo, John

K9 Rico

10

6

3

19

4

Sutton, Tyson

K9 Rosco

3

4

14

21

4

Glaze, James

K9 Cir

11

9

1

21

4

Marshall, Clayton

K9 Ron

1

10

10

21

5

Stevens, Jeremy

K9 Partner

9

7

6

22

6

Denham, Jason

K9 Sjors

7

3

13

23

7

Ridings, Josh

K9 Partner

13

17

5

35

8

Shadden, Dennis

K9 Ronnie

6

11

19

36

9

Nesbitt, Koby

K9 Hiko

15

14

8

37

10

Kerrigan, Daniel

K9 Bailey

14

20

4

38

11

Chapa, Alex

K9 Rocco

16

13

12

41

12

Klehm, Seth

K9 Partner

20

8

20

48

13

Smith, James

K9 Basco

19

16

15

50

13

Love, George

K9 Gerard

4

21

25

50

14

Jenkins, Daniel

K9 Partner

21

12

18

51

15

Laws, Gary

K9 Baron

12

23

21

56

16

Prince, Jason

K9 Duce

17

18

22

57

17

Weikel, Clayton

K9 Rohdy

18

24

17

59

17

Jordan, Michael

K9 Brico

22

26

11

59

18

Walker, John

K9 Gorbi

25

15

24

64

19

Brown, Shawn

K9 Bret

24

19

23

66

20

Davis, Chance

K9 Iris

26

25

16

67

21

Everton, David

K9 Ranger

23

22

26

71

TK9O Top Dog Results

Texas K9 Officers Conference and Trials 2013

Top Dog Results​

#

Handler

Narcotics

Explosives

Patrol

Obstacles

Final

1

Wullweber, Brian

1

 

1

1

3

2

Marshall, Clayton

7

4

4

15

3

Denham, Jason

10

6

7

23

4

Shadden, Dennis

3

8

14

25

5

Love, George

4

13

9

26

6

Ridings, Josh

18

7

2

27

7

Prince, Jason

1

16

12

29

7

Chapa, Alex

2

11

16

29

8

Brown, Shawn

8

19

3

30

9

Kerrigan, Daniel

22

10

5

37

10

Glaze, James

29

4

6

39

11

Weikel, Clayton

14

17

11

42

12

Walker, John

17

18

18

53

13

Laws, Gary

27

15

15

57

14

Everton, David

21

21

19

61

15

Davis, Chance

28

20

20

68

 

K9s4COPs, Harris County Sheriff’s Office host Texas’ first K9 Officer Olympics

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The bite is truly bigger than the bark when some of Texas’ top dogs hit Houston Oct. 23-25 for the Texas K9 Officers Conference & Trials. Held at the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Training Facility at 2316 Atascocita Rd. in Humble; the inaugural event is produced by K9s4COPs, a non-profit that provides trained police dogs to law enforcement agencies around the country. K9s4COPs and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office is hosting the Texas K9 Officers Conference & Trials along with the help of the Houston Police Department, Pasadena Police Department and Harris County Constable’s Office Precincts 1, 4 and 8. Entries are capped at 50 officers and their K9 partners.

The hard-working and elite K9 officers and their human partners , who are available 24/7 for duty, will compete in categories including obstacle course, narcotics detection, explosive detection, and patrol.

Officers will also earn continuing education credits during the classes and training exercises offered throughout the conference. In addition, a Texas Hard Dog/Fast Dog competition, demonstrating how to bring down a “bad guy,” will be free and open to the public Friday morning, Oct. 25 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Thorne Stadium, 1865 Aldine Bender in Houston, TX 77032. Here the K9s will be judged on suspect impact as well as speed. Dogs are known to run as fast as 35 miles per hour during a hard and fast exercise.

Winners of the Texas K9 Officers Conference & Trials will receive special leashes and barking rights as top dogs of Texas.

One K9 officer and handler will be named per category along with an overall winner.

K9 officers arrive at law enforcement agencies trained in handler protection, but then go through a rigorous 14-week training course with their human partner to learn tracking, scouting, building searches, vehicle stops, and drug or bomb detection.

Most trained K9s used by law enforcement agencies are German Shepherds or Belgian Malinois, which cost $12,000 and retire after five to eight years of service. Specially trained K9s provide high performance detection duties as they host 125 million to 500 million scent cells in comparison to a human’s 5 million scent cells.

For more information about the Texas K9 Officers Conference & Trials, visit www.k9s4cops.org or call 713-523-COPS.

To assist the purchase of K9s for law enforcement agencies and schools, you can do your part by donating today at K9s4COPs.org.

​http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/atascocita/news/k-s-cops-harris-county-sheriff-s-office-host-texas/article_59bf45a4-5c92-5840-8427-1a12e23118c1.html

New K9 joins Goodhue County Sheriff’s Office donated by K9s4COPs!

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The Goodhue County Sheriff’s Office has recently added a new K9.

Ambush is a 2-year-old Belgian malinois/German shepherd cross donated to the sheriff’s office by K9s 4 Cops, a non-profit organization that helps to provide law enforcement agencies with dogs. He is cross trained in narcotics and patrol work.

 

Ambush and his handler, Sheriff’s Deputy Matt Bowron, went to basic K9 school for 6 weeks in Peru, Indiana. Deputy Bowron has been with the Goodhue County Sheriff’s Office since 2008. He and Ambush join three other K9 units in Goodhue County.

 

 

Ambush will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to the efforts of Vested Interest in K9s Inc., an all-volunteer charity in Massachusetts whose mission is to provide the $950 vests for K9s throughout the United States.

 

Source: http://www.postbulletin.com/news/local/new-k-joins-goodhue-county-sheriff-s-office/article_36423272-05e8-5403-8219-fff8fb9eb1b5.html