COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) – She loves enjoying ball, taking walks together with her household, and loses her thoughts over rabbits.
That’s, after all, when K9 Britta’s not sniffing for potential explosives.
Britta isn’t any unusual pup. She has spent the final a number of years working alongside Colorado Springs law enforcement officials as an explosives canine. She’s been on greater than 100 calls in her seven-plus years — over 50 years in canine years! –and she has even helped present VIP element for generals and US presidents.
“If the president introduced a rabbit out, we’d lose her for a few seconds to the rabbit,” laughed handler Officer Shawn Mahon, who says that is the canine crimefighter’s one and solely kryptonite.
Simply as together with her human counterparts, security is paramount for Britta and different four-legged officers who obtained out within the subject. Lots of the patrol canine have already got bullet and stab protecting vests. Britta and fellow explosives ordinance K9, Chewie, obtained their very first vests this week!
“The factor is with these vests, if we now have to place them in essential conditions the place possibly we’re getting fired at with pictures or possibly there’s an individual there with a knife, we will put this vest on them, and the canine are going to be protected,” Mahon mentioned.
The vests are offered by nationwide non-profit Vested Curiosity in K9s.
“They supply vests for all these canine, whether or not they’re patrol canine, single goal canine. … Sponsorship has been so big nationwide. There are smaller departments that may’t afford these sorts of vests, so I believe this non-profit actually gives some huge cash to those canine and to the departments to offer these vests to that,” Mahon mentioned.
Often, a canine will get a sponsor, who donates the cash, and Vested Curiosity donates the vest. Chewie’s was generously gifted by a Colorado Springs couple.
Britta’s vest included a touching tribute, completely catching her handler off guard.
Britta is Mahon’s second K9. He misplaced his first companion, Petra, in a tragic coaching accident again in 2014. For a couple of months, he was n’t certain when he’d be prepared for an additional canine associate – after which got here Britta.
The pair has change into very shut during the last a number of years.
“After I first met Britta, she was a really high-drive canine…very motivated to work, very energetic. First time I noticed her they usually instructed me this was going to be my canine, I used to be a bit of terrified of her. She was too quick, I assumed she was going to chew me, so I used to be very scared,” Mahon recalled. “However after time, after coaching, we developed a bond. We labored 10 hours a day collectively, we now have plenty of little quirks we do collectively — it is form of like having your youngsters at work. It is a pure bond that simply occurred over time. It isn’t even that she’s my associate, she’s mainly my daughter.”
However he nonetheless carries the reminiscence of his first K9.
“Vested Curiosity really knew the story of Petra and myself, so what they did was really present a non-public sponsorship to place Petra’s title on Britta’s vest,” he mentioned.
And there was one other shock when Britta obtained her vest: an embroidering studying, “In reminiscence of K9 Petra – EOW 9/8/14″.
“It is really a kind of issues, I used to be really shocked by it. Often the sponsorships will embrace a quote or a saying of whoever donated to them. But it surely was a kind of issues the place I obtained caught off guard a bit of with this one, and it actually hit residence for me as a result of having my first canine’s title on my second canine — it is fairly honest.”
It is nearly like Britta has a guardian angel now, watching over her.
“We simply need to put a thanks on the market for what they’re doing for our canine,” Mahon mentioned when requested what he and Chewie’s handler wish to say to Vested Curiosity. “These canine are greater than our K9 companions, they’re really, like I mentioned, they’re our daughters and sons to us too.”
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