While men in uniform often run alone into the danger of duty, some deputies with 4 legs will accompany their humans into the crossfire. This diligence is often overlooked, and one might think that to be the case for the birthdays of these furry co-workers too; however, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office (PSO) made sure that everyone could celebrate their beloved K-9's special days together — by way of sharing which pups in their patrols are celebrating leveling up this June on social media.
"The Pasco Sheriff’s Office recognizes our K9s celebrating birthdays this month: K9s Hero, Ranger, Ripp, and Trinity." the Facebook Post reads, in part. "They are a tremendous help protecting our community, whether it's locating missing people or detecting dangerous narcotics. They provide a wide range of skills and assist members across the agency."
The post is accompanied by a photo of each pup, breaking down each one's service in Pasco, along with a brief history.
You can check out and learn a little bit more about the K-9s blowing out the candles on their pup cakes this month below:
Born on June 11 in 2018, Hero is a Belgian Malinois. He began working for PSO in February 2020 and is certified in narcotics detection and patrol work. PSO says that K-9 Hero enjoys spending his time off napping to save energy for work. He's currently assigned to the Highway Interdiction Team, which helps keep Pasco safe from the trafficking of illegal narcotics.
Also a Belgian Malinois, K-9 Ranger hails from the Czech Republic. He was born on June 6, 2020 and didn't start working with PSO until October 2021. As one of the only K-9s on the SWAT team, Ranger is trained and certified in explosive detection, SWAT, and patrol work. PSCO says that Ranger is very energetic both at work and at home, with his version of relaxing being a game of non-stop catch with his family. They say his high energy is what makes him fantastic at his job.
K-9 Ripp started working with PSO in October 2021 alongside his older brother, K9 Farrel. While this Dutch Shepherd born in the Netherlands on June 15, 2020 is a smaller dog, staff say that he's very strong! They also say that Ripp loves working and that he has done following in his big brother's paw steps proud.
Born in Hungary on June 24, 2015, K-9 Trinity the German Shepherd enjoys jogs with her work partner and all the belly rubs when they're not on duty. This old girl began working for PSO in December 2017. Trinity is a single-purpose illegal narcotic detection K-9 and holds two narcotic detection certificates — one from National Narcotic Detector Dog Association, and another from the Tampa Bay Regional K9 Instructor Group.
According to Pasco Sheriff's Office, the K-9 Team is essential to their mission, and wouldn't be possible without the community. They ask those wanting to contribute to the care and resources needed to maintain the unit to consider donating. To donate or learn more, visit PascoSheriffCharities.org.
Which K-9 is your favorite? Wish them a very Happy Birthday in the comments below!
Article by Rachael Volpe