I have some friends, a couple that I met early on in their gift shop when I moved in my twenties to NC. We became acquaintances, then friends, sharing many a conversation over our mutual love of animals. Last week they were honored by their home city and police department for a lifesaving donation of K-9 rescue oxygen apparatus to their Police Department. The canines in the department are considered officers, just the four legged kind, and they work incredibly hard, often tracking or working in extremely high heat and humidity. If they were in distress, and EMS was unavailable, their lives were often in peril, until now. Buddy and Susan had already donated 3 of these oxygen apparatus to the fire department to use for animal victims of a fire. They got to wondering about how the police protect their canines, thus another donation. These masks are specifically designed for the K-9 team should the need arrive, and their officer handlers will be able to respond immediately by giving the dog CPR using these masks. The police department and their officers said these dogs ” are just as important as their human counterparts…….they are one of our officers and a valuable part of the department. They have a job to do and they enjoy doing it.” said Police Department Captain Steven Bowman. Buddy and Susan were honored at a ceremony at the police department. In attendance were two of the K-9 force along with their officer handlers, several other police officers, and the city mayor.
These amazing canines help in criminal investigations, in searches for suspects and evidence, and also missing persons. In addition they participate in community events and demonstrations that help adults and especially children learn more about law enforcement. This city got their first K-9 in the mid 1990’s and it was also donated by Buddy and Susan. The department now has dogs that work every shift. I know many of my readers are animal lovers. Perhaps you might be interested in helping out your own local police or fire department in this valuable way. These masks saved many a dogs life during 9-11 when the officers and dogs worked tirelessly, to exhaustion, looking for survivors. Dog and handler got some oxygen assistance, and were back working. At the bottom of the post I found a link to information about the kits.
If you think you might be interested in looking into donating these oxygen masks, here is a link I found with info and prices. I would suggest contacting your local fire or police department first to see if they have any at all, and if they have a preference. Even one donation has the potential to save a K9 officer or your own pet should the need arise. As I wrote this, I thought that maybe this could be a terrific school or summer project for kids to raise the money and donate one. Kids and dogs…..good motivation! Link Pet Oxygen Masks
I know this post is a bit different from the usual, but it was a need I was unaware of until now thanks to Buddy and Susan. You might expect that the masks would be a provision automatically added to standard equipment when they add these dogs to the department, but I guess it is not always so.
As always, thanks for stopping by. Laters, charisse