Summer 2017 ~ More K9 Deaths Including Murder…

Summer 2017 ~ More K9 Deaths Including Murder…

In the summer of 2016, there were twelve known heat-related deaths of K9s who were left in a hot vehicle by their handler. As of August 22, 2017, there has been thirteen heat-related K9 deaths in the US; twelve in a hot vehicle and one overworked in the oppressive heat. It doesn’t end there however because another K9 was “mysteriously” murdered, bringing the total death rate to fourteen.

Every year the K9 death toll climbs despite more public awareness. But then, these dogs don’t die at the hand of a member of the public but rather, through the negligent actions of their handler. This is not simply not acceptable. Police officers need to be held to a higher standard to protect their canine partners; a highly skilled and trained dog that would take a bullet intended for his human. The rise in heat-related K9 deaths are preventable and illustrate acts of negligence or over-reliance on technology to protect these dogs.  Safety monitoring system aside, how does one “forget” their partner?  These K9s are the unsung heroes of any police department plus loyal companions who are frequently put in harm’s way because, like their human partner, their job is to protect and serve. I thought law enforcement as a whole had progressed to the point where departments placed the same importance on a K9 officer as they do on a human one; that their service, sacrifices, and lives are viewed with the same intensity as a human.  Sadly I was mistaken for it appears that many departments view these invaluable canines as mere equipment, disposable commodities. A paltry memorial service (if at all), no media coverage past the initial death, and the department “circles the wagons” around the handler, often not releasing his name for months. He’s allowed to continue working pending investigation or sometimes suspended with pay.

To illustrate the integral role canines have in law enforcement, I’ve chosen three cases from 2017 that demonstrate the value these remarkable animals bring to their departments and community.

K-9 Casper Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office West Palm Beach, FL

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On May 12, 2017, Casper, a 4-year-old K9 SWAT and bomb detection dog with the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office, took a bullet for his handler during a Jupiter, Florida, shootout. Miraculously, the bullet missed K-9 Casper’s vital organs and he was saved with immediate veterinary intervention. The story and heartwarming video can be seen here in a video provided by the PBSO. In a media interview, his handler describes the harrowing ordeal and how grateful he is to his partner.

K9 Casper

K-9 Casper has since returned to work and July 11, 2017, was named  “K-9 Casper Day” in Palm Beach County. The suspect, 46-year-old Philip O’Shea, was killed at the scene.

K-9 Cain Crossville Police Department  TN



On August 2, K-9 Cain, a 3-year-old trained in patrol and narcotics with the Crossville Police Department in Tennessee, died after being stabbed multiple times by a suspect he was pursuing. Despite heroic efforts by his handler and a Crossville Fire Department member,  this hero succumbed to his injuries. He was honored in a moving funeral service attended by hundreds on August 11.

Courtesy of Crossville PD

His grief-stricken handler talks about losing his faithful partner in one of the passionate descriptions I’ve ever heard of the bond between a handler and their dog. The suspect, 28-year-old Dustin Lee Dixon, remains in custody.

K-9 Lex Adams County Sheriff’s Office CO


On August 16, 2017, K-9 Lex, a 3-year-old Belgian Malinois certified in narcotics and patrol with the Adams County Sheriff’s Office in Colorado, saved his injured partner by opening a latched gate with his paw and going to his partner’s aid . The dynamic duo had become separated in a chase when the deputy jumped a fence to pursue the suspect and became embroiled in a fight.  The handler was hospitalized for his injuries but made a full recovery. The suspect, 25-year-old Gabriel Steven Garcia, was charged with attempted first-degree murder and assault in the attack on the deputy and remains in custody with a latch he can’t open.


 Once again, a dog comes to their human partner’s aid.


The first to sense the hostility of a suspect,

The first to react to protect his master.

The first to enter where danger lurks.

The first to detect the hidden intruder.

The first to take action against violence.

The first to sense his master’s joy.

The first to know his master’s sorrow or fear.

The first to give his life in defense of his master.

The last to be forgotten by those who work with others like him.

They know him as a “Partner,” not just an animal.


Next Up ~ K9 Doki






Why Are Americans So Angry?

Why Are Americans So Angry?

In 1789 George Washington, as the first president of the United States gave his inaugural speech in New York. In 2016 Republican Donald Trump was elected our 45th president and on Jan 20, 2017, gave his inaugural speech in Washington DC. Both during the ceremony and long after, our nation’s capital was full of protesters. Today there is the Women’s March on Washington 2017 which is a massive march calling on supporters to fight and oppose the Trump administration. Live media coverage report there is half a million women at the Capital Mall in addition to flooding the streets of Washington.


I don’t have an issue with protests because throughout history civil unrest has often led to much-needed change. What I do take umbrage to is civil disobedience. Breaking storefront windows, bank windows, jumping on cars until the windshields are shattered and setting trash cans and cars afire ~ this helps your cause how? I’d really like someone to explain to me because I don’t understand how the destruction of property and attacking innocent people furthers a political agenda or for that matter, any agenda!

Raw Footage From Inaugural Protests

Democrats and Republicans have become more ideologically polarized than ever. If there was any doubt the violent, flag burning protests immediately following the November 8 election then again on Inauguration Day certainly dispelled them. We are a country divided unlike anything I’ve ever witnessed which begs the question ~ why are Americans so angry?

News link from ABC with videos

News link from Reuters with picture slide show

According to Washington DC police, protesters threw rocks and bricks at police. Six D.C. police officers were injured during the altercations. 217 protesters were arrested.

Even worse were the vitriolic social media posts made by adults about Trump’s 10-year-old son Barron. No matter which party you support, children are off-limits. It’s been that way for as long as I can remember. Yet here is a Tweet by Katie Rich, an SNL writer.


Why? What kind of responsible adult would post such a sick joke about a child? And she wasn’t alone.

Two of these people refer to themselves as “professional writers”. Of what? Bathroom humor? And why? Because their candidate lost? Every election year someone’s candidate loses yet America doesn’t see these kinds of violent and cruel acts.

It shouldn’t matter what your political party, nothing condones this behavior because to engage in it YOU become the uncivilized one. YOU become the very thing you protest.


I Am Not A Bigot But I Love Bears…

I Am Not A Bigot But I Love Bears…

You’re probably wondering what the correlation is between bigotry and bears; I would be confused by the title as well. I follow a blog whose author has often espoused racial or ethnic opinions. On this topic we are polar opposites for I embrace ethnic diversity, one of the many things I miss being planted in the New England mountains when my roots remain forever rooted in NJ. I judge all people by how they present themselves; are they kind, honest, sincere? It doesn’t matter to me if they attend a synagogue, a mosque or practice Buddhism. I don’t care if they wear a yarmulke, chapel veil, kufi, burka or hijab. I’ve read many prejudicial comments made against Muslims based solely on their religion when in fact they have become a seemingly ubiquitous part of our national culture.


Where this particular blogger and I agree however  is animal welfare and animal abuse. We believe in the preservation of life and humane treatment of animals, sentient living beings. I was making an effort today to catch up on the many blog posts I’ve missed the past months as I’ve been involved with my German Shepherd; traveling to veterinary appointments and transitioning her medical journey from Facebook to WordPress.

I was making good progress, taking my time to truly connect with each blog entry and offer my thoughts. Then it happened. I moved on to the “controversial” blog and was rather offended by a response to a post the blog owner had written (in addition to his overt bigotry). As an animal lover, he had posted the tragic story of Pedals, a NJ black bear who was reportedly killed by a hunter during NJ’s first expanded  black bear hunt which allowed archery for the first time in decades.  The fact that the majority of bears were killed in the exact area where my roots are is extremely disturbing but I’ll refrain from elaborating on my distain for both bear hunts and the methods allowed in many states. 

Pedals walked as a biped because of injuries to his two front paws with one paw even thought to be missing. He was an iconic presence in Northern NJ and had a huge Facebook following. Videos taken by residents who captured him ambulating in an upright position captivated viewers globally and many mainstream media outlets did extensive features on him. Yet a hunter, who had boasted for (3) years that he would “take out Pedals” appeared at a weigh station last week in Green Pond which is in Rockaway, with a dead bear that had upper limb/paw injuries that were consistent with those believed to have disabled Pedals. Furthermore, state biologists photographed the dead bear and will issue the photos to the public in the near future. Needless to say the thought of a hunter deliberately stalking and then killing a disabled bear who had never harmed a human in any way has disturbed thousands of people, even those who hunt. The administrator of Pedals Facebook page made this heart wrenching announcement on October 14. The Gothamist even wrote that  Pedals was assassinated.

Which brings me to how I became involved in the comment on the controversial blog’s post about Pedals. The commenter, articulate and intelligent, thought the blog owner was straying from the “real issues” facing the white race by posting about the killing of a bear.


I simply could not refrain from replying to the commenter as he was referring to my “home turf” plus overt prejudice was disturbing. I haven’t gone back to see if my comment was even approved. As most people know, I respect one’s right to privacy and usually don’t reblog a post or write personal information about other people without their consent. Therefore I’ve chosen to copy and paste my response in it’s entirety (I purposely omitted a few personal details from my original response).

I take umbrage at your thoughts and allow me to tell you why. Although currently planted in New England, my roots are in the area of NJ where Pedals lived. Our world consists of many vile two legged creatures but Pedals was not one of them.  He was bipedal due to  injuries that he managed to rise above. Pedals was an icon, photographed and written about by media outlets across the globe. For a piece of human hubris to murder a disabled animal not out of kindness because the animal was suffering but for bragging rights makes this hunter no better than the unsavory elements that threaten to destroy our way of life. Our planet has coexisted with wildlife for thousands of years. The killing of an innocent disabled bear that has never harmed a human is senseless and tragic. The hunters identity will be revealed because men with tiny penises and huge egos always out themselves sooner or later. Or someone from the weigh station where he tagged and bagged will spill ~ never fails. It’s located in Rockaway ~ a community I know extremely well.

There is nothing to separate the mindset of Petal’s killer from the minds of sexual predators  who rape, videotape  and murder innocent children just so they can “brag”. Remember, I hail (and quite proudly) from NJ, a state that, following the rape and murder of (7) year old Megan Kanka on July 29,1994, enacted Megan’s Law on Oct. 31, 1994 in an unprecedented 89 days. There is nothing to separate him from the Muslims/Islamists/Whatever They’re Calling Themselves who use suicide bombs to kill scores of innocent lives believing their own deaths will entitle them to meet their 27 virgins. In contrast the cell type control of al-Qaeda allowed them to control  operations from afar where they remained safe and protected while those desperate to please did their bidding.

The BLM is really a leaderless movement that promotes an ideology of violence and  “Whitey owes me”and “Cops target me”.  Sadly, institutions like Georgetown only perpetuate BLM’s misguided beliefs by its announcement last month that descendants of slaves would receive “preferential treatment during the admission process”. I don’t know which is more dangerous, BLM which operates as a lone wolf fringe element in EveryTown USA or their predecessors, the Black Liberation Army (BLA) which by contrast was extremely organized. Many today still pay homage to JoAnn Chesimard, aka Assata Shakur thought by some to be the de facto leader living happily in Cuba where she has been protected and oft revered for her past. For what it’s worth, BLM idolizes her and often chant part of a letter she wrote called “To My People” while incarcerated after being found guilty for the execution style murder of  NJ State Trooper Werner Foerster on May 2, 1973  (she was in several prisons ). She escaped from the NJ Clinton Correctional Facility for Women in 1979.  Activists and followers of ALL skin colors hid this bank robber, attempted murderer, kidnapper, and finally cop killer for several years until Cuba granted her asylum in in the mid 80’s where she has lived freely for over three decades. Since living there, she has changed her name to Assata Shakur,  earned a graduate degree, written (5) books and become a celebrity ~ imagine that. Did I mention that she’s also the godmother and aunt of the late rapper Tupac Shakur? Fred Baker, 1933 ~ 2011, was a director,  producer and actor often associated with the subversive, underground filmmakers of the 1960s and 70s.  His last directing effort in 2008 was a biographical movie entitled, “Assata aka Joanne Chesimard,” whose premise was that she was falsely convicted. Chesimard  portrayed herself in the film. I checked before I wrote this post and the DVD is available on Amazon for $29.95.  Amazon is even kind enough to print a review:

Editorial Reviews

is about the black liberationist Assata Shakur, aka Joanne Chesimard, a charismatic young Black Panther in the 1960’s who was targeted by J. Edgar Hoover’s Cointelpro illegal murderous offensive to neutralize radical Black leaders. She was wounded in a police shootup on the N.J.Turnpike in 1973; falsely convicted of killing a NJ State Trooper; sentenced to Life in prison, she escaped miraculously to find exile and freedom in Castro’s Cuba…where she lives to this day. Her life story is told and revered by thousands of young followers world-wide who see in her a female Che Guevera, an heroic freedom fighter for equality and an end to racial oppression and injustice for all people.

When sold by, this product will be manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media.’s standard return policy will apply.

 Some of her most blatant lies can be read here; see the fuel that helps fire the BLM decades later. Colonel Rick Fuentes, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police had strong feeling about Chesimard and Cuba even prior to the start of Obama’s intervention to restore diplomacy.

A convicted murderer is being harbored by a country our President is normalizing  diplomatic relations with for the first time in over 50 years.  Let’s ignore her crimes in the US and reward her for escaping to a foreign country by selling her books on Amazon and ($12.92 on both sites). Let’s not forget that the US granted asylum to thousands of balseros until the mid 90’s when Clinton instituted some “policy change”. I will forever applaud NJ Gov. Chris Christie for his loud demands (ignored of course) that our administration demand Chesimard’s  return. Yet I don’t  blame an entire race or culture for these atrocious acts but rather an element within a culture. I have news for you;  many horrific crimes against man have been committed by whites. Perhaps you’ve heard of Adolph Hitler? Should society harbor a hatred of all Germans because of the warped actions of one who through charisma and intimidation had many followers? The  problem  with  most  like you is  that  you employ selective memory,  that is  often  never with a contextual  basis.  As to Chesimard?

We’re waiting for her.

My one lingering question on Chesimard is why a covert operation like the Mossad’s “Wrath of God” assassination team never took her out…

We share our world with despicable humans yet we cannot allow our disgust for them and their abhorrent actions to harden our hearts to the amazing beauty that Mother Earth still offers. Morning dew on a leaf, rabbits darting out from a shrub, deer  running in a field. A lone flower blooming in a dry and trash strewn city lot. The innocent laughter of a baby or the blush of a teen when they develop their first crush. If we focus all our energy on the horror, we lose some of our own humanity and I for one refuse to allow the despots of this world to take that from me. And that my friend is why we mourn the loss of an innocent animal,  a disabled bear who brought smiles to the faces of people all over the world as they watched his videos.

Video of Pedals June 21, 2016 (courtesy of

Video of Pedals 2015  (courtesy of John Sand)      

Video of Pedals Sept. 28, 2015 (courtesy of Inna Rabinovich)

Video of Pedals June 22, 2016  (courtesy of Shattered Paradigm)


And lest anyone forget ~ Trooper Werner Foerster


NJ State Trooper, husband and father



Trooper Werner Foerster

EOW May 2, 1973

He gave his life upholding the New Jersey State Police tradition 

imagesBlessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the sons of God. (Matthew 5:9)