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The Guardians Of The Night

Trust in me my friend, for I am your comrade.
I will protect you with my last breath
When all others have left you
And the loneliness of night closes in,
I will be at your side.

Together we will conquer all obstacles,
And search out those who wish to do harm to others.
All I ask of you is compassion,
And the caring touch of your hands.

It is for you that I will unselfishly give my life
And spend my nights unrested.
Although our days together
May be marked by the passing of the seasons
Know that each day by your side is my reward.

My days are measured by
The coming and going of your footsteps.
I anticipate them at every opening of the door.
You are the voice of caring when I am ill,
The voice of authority when I have done wrong.

Do not chastise me unduly,
For I am your right arm,
The sword at your side.
I attempt to do only what you bid of me.
I seek only to please you and remain in your favor.

Together you and I shall experience
A bond only others like us will understand.
When outsiders see us together,
Their envy will be measured by their disdain.

I will quietly listen to you
And pass no judgement,
Nor will your spoken words be repeated.
I will remain ever silent,
ever vigilant, ever loyal.

And when our time together is done
And you move on in the world
Remember me with kind thoughts and tales,
For a time we were unbeatable,
Nothing passed among us undetected

If we should meet again on another street
I will gladly take up your fight,
I am a Police Working Dog
We are the guardians of the night.

Author Unknown
"He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your
dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be
yours faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You
owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion." - Cicero
questions are necessary to be sure you are
knowledgeable in regards to raising a working line
German Shepherd.  I ask these questions because I
CARE where my puppies will be spending the rest of
their lives.  I also use this questionnaire to help with the
decision of which puppy is most suited to your needs.  
So please give some thought to your answers.

My contract does not state that you must either put down or
return your puppy to me.  I believe, that is a ploy of
unscrupulous breeders.  They know that you won't be able
to give up the puppy you already have.  THIS IS NOT THE
dogs 100%.

PS   And as of June 2017 I have replaced only 1 puppy in
over 25 years of breeding.
The video above is one of the first walks my 2003 puppies
went on as a group.  You will see one pup (nicknamed

boost his confidence, we allow him to figure it out
on his own.  You will hear me call "Kahlua" a few times as
she was on her way to go pick him up and carry him down
the hill.  This would not have boosted the little guys
confidence.  "Boo" is now a therapy dog in Washington.
Tribute to the SAR Dogs of 9/11

In 1997, I sold a puppy to an Irish soldier who was living in
Canada while taking military training.  He told me he
wanted to have a family pet but would also like to go into
Search & Rescue.  I picked out a  puppy  for him who's
name was "Timber".  We kept in touch for several years
and he was very proud that both he and Timber had
succeeded at becoming a qualified SAR team.  I lost track
of them over the next couple of years because the family
was posted to several different locations.  

On September 11th, I was in the United States.  (That's
another long story!)  We ended up at a friend's relative's
house where we watched with the rest of the world.  To
my amazement, large as life, was Tom & Timber, searching
through the rubble!  I can't tell you the amount of pride
that overwhelmed me as I watched Timber scrambling
over the debris looking for victims.  It still brings tears to
my eyes.  In my own small way, I was able to help people
in their time of need.  The true credit goes to Tom &
Timber for the endless hours of work that was needed to
become a qualified SAR team!  I am proud of both of you,
beyond words...

There were over 300 dog teams deployed to New York
City after September 11th.

Words cannot express our gratitude...

9/11 Search & Rescue Dog Tribute
From time to time, people tell me, "lighten up,
it's just a dog," or, "that's
a lot of money for just a dog." They don't
understand the distance
traveled, the time spent, or the costs involved for
"just a dog."

Some of my proudest moments have come about with
"just a dog." Many hours
have passed and my only company was "just a dog,"
but I did not once feel

Some of my saddest moments have been brought about
by "just a dog," and in
those days of darkness, the gentle touch of "just a
dog" gave me comfort
and reason to overcome the day.

If you, too, think it's "just a dog," then you will
probably understand
phrases like "just a friend," "just a sunrise," or
"just a promise."

"Just a dog" brings into my life the very essence of
friendship, trust, and
pure unbridled joy.

"Just a dog" brings out the compassion and patience
that makes me a better

Because of "just a dog", I will rise early, take
long walks and look
longingly to the future. So for me and folks like
me, it's not "just a dog"
but an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the
future, the fond
memories of the past, and the pure joy of the

"Just a dog" brings out what's good in me and
diverts my thoughts away from
myself and the worries of the day.

I hope that someday they can understand that it's
not "just a dog", but the
thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being
"just a man or woman."
So the next time you hear the phrase "just a dog",
just smile -- because
they "just don't understand."

-- Author Unknown
View Canadian Forces Tribute

Puppy Prodigy
The Gratitude Campaign for our Armed Forces

I (the person) agree to take you (the dog) under my care and protection.

I will love you, and you will love me.  I will work to earn your respect.

I will give you the time and attention that you need.

I am the leader of the dog/handler team and it is my job to learn how to lead you in ways you understand.

I will spend the time it takes to learn to train you and to socialize you.  As I am learning, I will teach you
and socialize you and you will teach me about yourself and your learning style.

I will praise you lavishly when you do something right--every time and reward you with cookies much of
the time.

I will not ask you to do things that you cannot do.    I understand that you, as a dog, are a different
species with your own type of intelligence, instinct and motivation, which are very different from my
own.  I understand that you are a unique individual.  As a human, it is my responsibility to know your
abilities at any given moment throughout your life and to have expectations that fit your abilities.  It is
my responsibility to learn how your mind works; to learn how you grow and develop; to know how to
communicate with you; and to always send you a clear message.  It is my responsibility to prepare you
for the future.

It is my job to make sure you are successful.  When you do something wrong, I will understand that you
are not to blame: you were either: insufficiently trained, insufficiently understood, insufficiently
socialized or experienced, insufficiently supervised or that you did not understand what I wanted you
to do.  If those things do not apply, I will find out what is going on with your health or environment that
caused you to make a mistake.    I will try not to lose my temper and yell at you, and I will never strike
you in anger. I will sometimes correct you to remind you to pay attention, but will not punish you.  I will
figure out a way to repeat the teaching so that you understand things better and practice more
effectively.  I will rearrange your environment and schedule so that you can't get into trouble; and will
make sure you are not put in situations that you are too unprepared, too inexperienced or too immature
to handle.   As I am not perfect, I will never expect you to perform perfectly no matter how much we
have practiced.

I will protect you from danger by fences, leads, and safety measures in the car. I will see that you get
good veterinary care and will provide you with good food, but not too much.

I will give you opportunities to get enough exercise.  We will have fun doing things together.

I will feed and groom and bathe you, but also cuddle and pet you and play with you.

In return for all that I will do for you, you will give me rewards beyond measure, among which are: your
unconditional love, your joy of life, your lack of criticism, your tolerance, your sense of humor, your
beauty of body and soul and your patience with my faults.
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