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Last Ride for Police Dog Before Being Put Down
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Posted on 01/05/2012 7:18:00 PM PST by matt04

Police officers consider K-9 partners members of the force.

So it was with great sadness that the West Hartford Police Department learned one of its own, Kora, a police dog, was being put down Monday. The 11-year-old was retired over the summer, after serving in the Department since 2003 with her handler, Officer Eric Rocheleau, according to Lt. David Dubiel.

Kora had developed cancerous tumors common with old age, and had to be euthanized Monday, Dubiel said. But Kora got one last chance at being a police dog.

Rocheleau took Kora to the vet Monday, and after some tests, was told the best thing for the dog was to put her down. Before that happened, the officers at the West Hartford Police Department agreed to take Kora for a final ride in a police cruiser.

"I was met at the vet with my old cruiser, and we were able to give Kora one last ride in her old car," Rocheleau told the Hartford Courant. "Both K-9 handlers, the K-9 unit supervisor, the sergeant on duty and animal control were there to give me support."

Kora also spent one last day at the police department, to give all of the officers a chance to say goodbye.

In her 9 years of service, Kora was responsible for uncovering 205 pounds of marijuana, 458 bags of heroin, 41 grams of cocaine, and 117 arrests. Rocheleau and Kora received a statewide award for their service in 2005.


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RIP Kora.
1 posted on 01/05/2012 7:18:11 PM PST by matt04
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To: matt04

I wish God had created dogs to live as long as people.


2 posted on 01/05/2012 7:21:09 PM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: matt04

Had to put down my pug a month ago. I know these officers are hurting right now,

R.I.P. Kora


3 posted on 01/05/2012 7:21:36 PM PST by Grunthor (Mitt better than Obama? Give me three examples.)
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To: matt04
Beautiful dog. I don't know why I clicked on this thread, I didn't want my eyes to get all red and puffy and my nose all stuffy tonight.

Last Ride for Police Dog Before Being Put Down

4 posted on 01/05/2012 7:23:53 PM PST by shhrubbery!
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To: AnAmericanMother; Titan Magroyne; Badeye; Shannon; SandRat; arbooz; potlatch; ...
WOOOF!

The Doggie Ping list is for FReepers who would like to be notified of threads relating to all things canid. If you would like to join the Doggie Ping Pack (or be unleashed from it), FReemail me.

5 posted on 01/05/2012 7:23:57 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem. meum)
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To: matt04

Very hard to put down any of my dog-friends.


6 posted on 01/05/2012 7:25:29 PM PST by Carthego delenda est
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To: shhrubbery!

Gee thanks no my eyes are water and red. Just tucked our German Shepard into bed with my daughter, just the thought breaks my heart. I know this cops have lost a loyal friend.


7 posted on 01/05/2012 7:26:24 PM PST by OldGoatCPO (S,)
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To: shhrubbery!

Gee thanks now my eyes are watery and red. Just tucked our German Shepard into bed with my daughter, just the thought breaks my heart. I know this cops have lost a loyal friend.


8 posted on 01/05/2012 7:26:51 PM PST by OldGoatCPO (S,)
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To: cripplecreek
"I wish God had created dogs to live as long as people."

Dogs simply earn their place in heaven much quicker than most humans :-)

9 posted on 01/05/2012 7:27:35 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem. meum)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Bumper sticker:

“The better I get to know some people, the more I love my dog.”


10 posted on 01/05/2012 7:30:55 PM PST by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: Joe 6-pack

“Dogs simply earn their place in heaven much quicker than most humans :-)”

and their job is to be there waiting for us at Rainbow Bridge. I’ll have a whole pack of Germain Shorthairs waiting for me.....be a lot of waggy tails on that day!


11 posted on 01/05/2012 7:40:25 PM PST by Forty-Niner (The barely bare, berry bear formerly known as..........Ursus Arctos Horribilis.)
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To: shhrubbery!
I was doing OK until I saw that photo. Then I lost it.

“If you take a poor, sick, starving dog in. Feed him, heal him, and make him prosperous he will not bite you. This is the principal difference between a dog and a man.” Mark Twain

12 posted on 01/05/2012 7:41:28 PM PST by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: unkus
Dogs are special. Always ready to greet me with a wagging tail even if I was just down at the post office.

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13 posted on 01/05/2012 7:41:37 PM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: cripplecreek
'I wish God had created dogs to live as long as people.'

Amen to that, my brother. Amen to that.

R.I.P. RHUBARB, Mar. 1999-Sept. 2010

She was my little girl...........

"But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: for men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away, for his name is Obama."

14 posted on 01/05/2012 7:42:09 PM PST by Viking2002 (My regular avatar has resumed after the holiday festivities. But it's not yet sober. And it's armed.)
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To: shhrubbery!
I was doing OK until I saw that photo. Then I lost it.

“If you take a poor, sick, starving dog in. Feed him, heal him, and make him prosperous he will not bite you. This is the principal difference betweeen a dog and a man.” Mark Twain

15 posted on 01/05/2012 7:44:18 PM PST by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: cripplecreek

U look normal....who knew?

/s


16 posted on 01/05/2012 7:45:24 PM PST by wardaddy (Michelle, Sarah, Perry now Newt over Mitt...now Santorum?......Capt Trips could not say it better)
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To: Forty-Niner

Twilight zone, The Hunt.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xymIcIt1QGY

One old man and a hound dog named Rip.


17 posted on 01/05/2012 7:45:46 PM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: cripplecreek

Great picture. Is that a Jack Russell? (sp)


18 posted on 01/05/2012 7:46:33 PM PST by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: CrazyIvan

mark twain never had a pit bull


19 posted on 01/05/2012 7:47:59 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Sometimes progressives find their scripture in the penumbra of sacred bathroom stall writings (Tzar))
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To: unkus
Yeah that's Bowser, he's a top notch dog.

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20 posted on 01/05/2012 7:49:14 PM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: Joe 6-pack

precious...


21 posted on 01/05/2012 7:50:30 PM PST by floralamiss ("The secret of happiness is freedom. The secret of freedom is courage." Thucydides)
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To: Viking2002

Awww... I’m sorry, Viking2002. I’m sure you made her life very happy.


22 posted on 01/05/2012 7:54:36 PM PST by floralamiss ("The secret of happiness is freedom. The secret of freedom is courage." Thucydides)
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To: Grunthor

I’m so sorry, Grunthor. R.I.P. for your dear pug, too.


23 posted on 01/05/2012 7:57:27 PM PST by floralamiss ("The secret of happiness is freedom. The secret of freedom is courage." Thucydides)
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To: cripplecreek

Awww... so sweet!


24 posted on 01/05/2012 7:58:59 PM PST by floralamiss ("The secret of happiness is freedom. The secret of freedom is courage." Thucydides)
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To: shhrubbery!

What a sweet face :(


25 posted on 01/05/2012 7:59:48 PM PST by Darnright ("I don't trust liberals, I trust conservatives." - Lucius Annaeus Seneca)
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To: matt04

Put him down? Why? Just leave him on the steps of the police station with no collar. I’m sure a dozen cops would come by in 5 minutes more than willing to shoot him.

On a serious note, I live Shepherds and love my big boy to death. Really great breed of dogs. There are no bad dogs, but I really love German Shepherds.


26 posted on 01/05/2012 8:03:17 PM PST by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (Repealing Obamacare is the ONLY GOAL.)
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To: cripplecreek

Bowser! Great name, for a great dog. I’ve heard nothing but neat stories about Jack Russels. My brother has had 4 and the newest puppy is something else. He’s a digger and caved a dirt bank in on himself. We were there and scooped the dirt away.


27 posted on 01/05/2012 8:04:00 PM PST by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: shhrubbery!

Fine looking Mutt.


28 posted on 01/05/2012 8:04:22 PM PST by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (Repealing Obamacare is the ONLY GOAL.)
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To: Grunthor

Yes it hurts....i’ve had to put down 4 dogs in my lifetime, but it’s a blessing that we can give them this small gift in return for the years of love, devotion, and pure joy that they gave us.


29 posted on 01/05/2012 8:05:18 PM PST by ken5050 (Mitt Romney: Eddie Haskell runs for president..)
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To: Grunthor

My condolences. What a heartbreaker anytime, but especially at Christmas. God bless you and your precious pet.


30 posted on 01/05/2012 8:09:00 PM PST by oneamericanvoice (Support freedom! Support the troops! Surrender is not an option!)
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To: unkus
This summer he figured out where all those frogs were coming from and now he goes right to the source.

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31 posted on 01/05/2012 8:09:29 PM PST by cripplecreek (Stand with courage or shut up and do as you're told.)
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To: matt04

Unless the animal is in pain or having a hard time, I don’t put them down. Very sad. God bless this great dog and the family.


32 posted on 01/05/2012 8:11:31 PM PST by oneamericanvoice (Support freedom! Support the troops! Surrender is not an option!)
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To: cripplecreek

In this current world, it’s probably for the dogs’ sakes that they don’t live that long. They’d be wondering after awhile why they were supposed to like us so much, if they lived too long.

Now, after we’re made perfect by God and the animals come back, that’s going to be a far better time for all of us.


33 posted on 01/05/2012 8:11:34 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: floralamiss
The first three pics were taken when she was terminal, but we didn't have conclusive lab work back at the time. She was done in by amelatonic melanoma that the vets (who earned their DVM's with cereal box barcodes, no doubt) misdiagnosed as a Southern tier respiratory allergy in the base of her throat. It was only after she went into renal failure did they run the bloodwork they should have done months earlier. She passed away the night I came home from the hospital after abdominal surgery - three days before she was to start radiation treatments at Auburn U.'s veterinarian sciences department. By then, the cancer had metastasized into such a final stage and gone to her brain, she literally shut down before our eyes on the lab table, one organ at a time. I was so high on dilaudid and hydrocodone at the time, I'd have ripped the windows out of their frames over the travesty, had I enough strength or muscle control to do so. The grieving process has not been a normal one for me, and continues to this day. I am a very angry man, for many reasons. And this is one of them.

"But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: for men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away, for his name is Obama."

34 posted on 01/05/2012 8:11:46 PM PST by Viking2002 (My regular avatar has resumed after the holiday festivities. But it's not yet sober. And it's armed.)
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To: matt04

Personally I think they should’ve adopted her out to a family that’d go for the latest chemo and surgery treatments. They don’t aim to cure but they aim to extend quality of life. She may have had 1-2 years, they have some really great drugs that work very well with a lot of animal cancers.


35 posted on 01/05/2012 8:13:42 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: cripplecreek

Selective breeding and science may be of considerable help with dog longevity, but not likely in our lifetimes.

Despite lots of videos of dogs that “talk”, it may actually be possible to evolve dogs enough so that they are able to communicate in a basic way.

That is, a smart dog can understand some 300 human words in context. One dog that was given intense training managed to distinguish 1,000 words. That is a very good level of “input”.

So what is needed is a genetic modification to their vocal area, so they might be able to enunciate perhaps a dozen words in context. This would be an incredible leap to real communication between people and dogs.

One possibility is found in a gene called FOXP2. Most mammals share it, but humans have a unique mutation of it that aids our speech in several ways.

While human FOXP2 has been experimentally transplanted into the DNA of a mouse, the question remains about what would happen if it was put into different breeds of dogs, especially those who already have some features conducive to speech.

Again, nothing too complicated. Perhaps with training they could learn to enunciate a dozen single vowel words, in context, enough so that a human can distinguish them.

Which raises the thought problem: if your dog could only speak 12 words, what words would you want them to be able to say?


36 posted on 01/05/2012 8:15:04 PM PST by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: cripplecreek

One of my favorite episodes.


37 posted on 01/05/2012 8:15:34 PM PST by berdie
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To: cripplecreek

Oh, man. Great pics. He’s the best!


38 posted on 01/05/2012 8:16:23 PM PST by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: matt04; cripplecreek; Grunthor; shhrubbery!; Joe 6-pack; OldGoatCPO; Forty-Niner; Viking2002; ...

Oh matt saw that today and just so sad.

Our Westie, 12 yrs old, was diagnosed with Lymphoma last week. She is our best friend and loyal lover of all things, always.
We have selected chemotherapy to start next week, only because if don’t do something she is sure to die and we want to have tried to save her. It was and is a struggle on what to do and when and we have thought long, daily, and hard.
Just praying all the time that little dear one will be allowed to have a few more year’s.
Pray


39 posted on 01/05/2012 8:16:38 PM PST by mojo114 (Pray for our military)
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To: matt04

God bless your precious soul Kora. I hope to meet you in Heaven one day.


40 posted on 01/05/2012 8:20:34 PM PST by Shadowstrike (Be polite, Be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
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To: cripplecreek

Me, too. Good dog.


41 posted on 01/05/2012 8:24:38 PM PST by altura (Perry 2012)
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To: cripplecreek

Your Bowser is the spittin image of my Bonkers.

It’s even more special when a dog adopts you. When we moved in a new neighborhood, everybody knew him but nobody owned him. He went from house to house for scraps, but he stayed with me.

I could never tie up that free spirit of his. Had to get him from the pound a dozen times. He was always waiting for me to come home for our beach run. He wouldn’t get near the water, but would watch me every minute as I swam along the beach on Hawaii’s North Shore. Always wondered what he’d do if I was drowning.

Cried all night when I had to put him down ( cancer ) and bury him on his home turf - the beach - where he roamed until he decided I was good enough for him.

Never had a higher honor. Miss you buddy.


42 posted on 01/05/2012 8:27:29 PM PST by A'elian' nation (Political correctness does not legislate tolerance; it only organizes hatred. Jacques Barzun)
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To: matt04

Is 11 “old” for an Alsatian? One my Shih Tzus was almost 20 when I had to put her down last year.


43 posted on 01/05/2012 8:34:04 PM PST by expat1000
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To: mojo114
Praying hard. And spare no expense. My sister's 13 year old Sheltie was diagnosed with cancer almost three years ago, and with a lot of effort, God's grace, and loving owners, she's holding up well, except for the arthritis in her left front paw. The cancer keeps trying to creep back, but it gets beaten back into remission every time.

"But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: for men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away, for his name is Obama."

44 posted on 01/05/2012 8:35:33 PM PST by Viking2002 (My regular avatar has resumed after the holiday festivities. But it's not yet sober. And it's armed.)
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To: Viking2002

Thank you and I pray that will happen with our little girl.


45 posted on 01/05/2012 8:42:54 PM PST by mojo114 (Pray for our military)
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To: matt04; USMCWife6869; Indy Pendance; Still German Shepherd; dervish; Kozak; Joe 6-pack; ...
GERMAN SHEPHERD PING LIST

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This is a low-volume list………so don’t worry!

(Please Freep-mail me if you’d like to be on or off the list.)

46 posted on 01/05/2012 8:49:44 PM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: Forty-Niner
I lost my darling, darling beagle girl in October. God, I cried. Didn't think I wanted to get another one for quite awhile.

But someone unexpectedly dumped another dog on me at Thanksgiving. She's a puppy, some extremely tiny mixed-breed thing, sleek and beautiful, only five pounds. She has me completely wrapped around her little toe. Poor loving little thing was emaciated and abused, so I've spent the past month feeding her and reassuring her. How anyone could abuse a puppy that size--or any size--is inconceivable. I want to find them and abuse them.

47 posted on 01/05/2012 8:52:52 PM PST by ottbmare (off-the-track Thoroughbred mare)
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To: ken5050

It does hurt a lot. I had to put down four German Shepherds in the past three years and none of them overlapped each other. Three had previous health issues, the fourth was totally unexpected. I was at least able to do a final walk before the fourth was put to sleep.


48 posted on 01/05/2012 8:56:07 PM PST by chrisinoc
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To: expat1000

Yes, it is. 12 is about the max. Some of course manage a bit longer. My opinion is if you’re past 10, you’re living on borrowed time.

My beloved previous GS fell apart suddenly at 11 and had to be put down. My sister’s GS also died either 11 or 12 (we babysat him his last week when they went away, with my young GS in residence too).


49 posted on 01/05/2012 8:57:30 PM PST by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue./Technological progress cannot be legislated.)
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To: mojo114

You have my prayers a year and ahalf ago we lost a mix breed we had for 16 years to cancer. The vet said very traumatic I should go in the waiting room. I left the room, turned around and went back in, I held her head in my hands looked in her face and talked to her until she passed. I did not want her to be alone. They are like our children because they give love and affection so unconditional. I pray yours is one of those wonderful success stories and your puppy is with you for many more yeas.


50 posted on 01/05/2012 8:58:30 PM PST by OldGoatCPO (S,)
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