Recognizing CANIDAE Sponsored Animals and Teams
Denver Police Dept Explosive Detection K9 Unit
Chris Milliken, Regional Sales Manager for CANIDAE, has arranged for all of the hard working dogs of the Denver Explosive Detection K9 Unit to receive an ongoing supply of CANIDAE Grain Free PURE ELEMENTS food to help them stay healthy and meet the demands of their job.
The Denver Police Dept Explosive Detection Canine Unit consists of eight canine teams stationed at the Denver International Airport. The mission of the unit is to detect and deter the criminal use of explosive devices. Explosive Detection Canine Teams are a proven, reliable resource to detect explosives and are a key component in a balanced counter-sabotage program. The teams are also a proven deterrent to terrorism.
The canine members of this team are very highly trained and are under constant demand to perform physically. CANIDAE is very pleased to be able to help support these working dogs as they keep the community safe for all of us.
K-9 Officer “Z”
Officer Peter M. Osowiecki was in need of a replacement K9 because his original K9 was going to be retiring in the near future. Officer Osowiecki, through the assistance of a non- profit organization, located a 10 month old pure breed Dutch Shepherd that was wandering the streets in Eastern Massachusetts. She has now been certified under the North American Police Work Dog Association and has been working with Officer Osowiecki since 2008. K9 “Z” is certified as a duel purpose dog and is a very loyal and full of endless energy.
K9 “Z” has been fed CANIDAE Grain Free All Life Stages [now named CANIDAE pureELEMENTS] since she was acquired. CANIDAE Grain Free All Life Stages provides working dogs like “Z” with the higher levels of protein they need to maintain energy throughout their demanding days on the job.
Windsor, Connecticut Police Department’s Iko
Officer Steve Vesco of the Windsor, Connecticut Police Department has partnered with his dog Iko for several years now. Recently, CANIDAE Sales Manager John Grosse attended the United States Police Canine Association Region 4 K9 Trials and had a chance to see Officer Vesco and Iko in action.
“There where over 50 K9 Units from the New England and New York areas. Iko has been eating CANIDAE Grain Free All Life Stages for some time. Office Vesco received numerous complements on Iko’s coat. Being a black dog his coat really shined in the sun,” said Grosse. Iko took novice first place in obedience, criminal apprehension and first place overall.
Iko is from Tiekerhook Kennels which is located in the Netherlands. He was certified and started working with Officer Vesco in October 2008. Iko is extremely loyal and is full of endless energy. CANIDAE Grain Free All Life Stages provides working dogs like Iko with the higher levels of protein they need to maintain energy throughout their demanding days on the job.
Pomona Police Department’s Belgian Malinois “Baco”
Robert Bemis, Regional Sales Manager for CANIDAE, was approached by the Pomona Police Department regarding the department’s Canine Unit. Earlier in 2009, the unit lost a Belgian Malinois patrol dog named Buddy to his battle with canine cancer. The department needed to replace Buddy with a new dog, but budget constraints and a lack of donations made it difficult.
CANIDAE has a long history of supporting both local and pet related causes including an ongoing series of fund raisers for the American Kennel Club Canine Health Foundation. “We were very saddened to hear of Buddy’s death from canine cancer. We’re very involved with raising funds to treat and prevent cancer in dogs so we are very sensitive to that issue. We wanted to help,” Bemis said.
“This not the first time we have worked with law enforcement,” Bemis continued. “I’m working to finalize a narcotics dog sponsorship for the Sumerton Arizona Police right now, and CANIDAE has been supporting law enforcement agencies across the country by providing food for their canine units for years.”
CANIDAE donated the Belgian Malinois, named Baco, to the Pomona Police Department’s Canine Unit in March ’09. The newest member of the Police Department’s canine unit, Baco is getting ready to begin patrol duties with his handler. The 3 1/2 year old Belgian Malinois has shown he’s energetic, alert, brave and sociable with his handler, Officer Theo Joseph.