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Chris Healy, of Orlando, wanted to share this funny photo of his dogs, (from left to right) Sophie, a Cockapoo; Hunter, the Aussie; Jessie, an Aussie; Oreo, a Shih Tzu. We’re wondering what kind of treat holds them at such rapturous attention. Perhaps, bacon? Special thanks to our rover reporter, Luellen Hoffman.


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K9s in three Florida law enforcement departments are working a little safer thanks to their new body armor. In July the Highlands County Sheriff ’s four K- 9 patrol dogs each received the bullet-and-stab resistant vests, donated by the Retired Law Enforcement Association of Southwest Florida, a non-profit organi- zation located in Port Charlotte. The vests retail for around $1500 each and are lightweight, adjustable and can be donned on the dogs in under two minutes. The three police dogs on the Palmetto Police


Department’s force have also been outfitted with the vests, as have the 12 K-9s on the Miami Police Department’s force. The dogs are trained in areas of narcotics, explo-


sives, currency, weapons, people, and cadaver detection. While many of the dogs are German Shepherds, more agencies (private and public) are working with the Belgian Malinois and Dutch Shepherd breeds. During a recent photo shoot at Outlier K9, located


on the campus of DogPatch Downs Boarding and Daycare facility in Ocala, we observed dogs being screened for potential police work. Arca, a three-year- old female Dutch Shepherd, was one of three dogs undergoing several tests throughout the day to deter- mine her focus, skill and drive. Her potential employer who was conducting the testing, was Officer Brian Aponte, a Cape Coral Police Department K-9 handler. For information on personal protection


dogs, contact STK9 Training Company at 727.744.5914 or Outlier K9 at 352.622.7829.


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Service dog, Kona took some time out from her busy day to peruse The New Barker. The seven-year-old Shih Tzu worked her little tail off promoting K9 Carry All, custom leashes at the Humane Society of the United States’ Animal Care Expo in Daytona Beach. In her down- time, Kona plays with squeaky toys and


chases her black cat, Darth Vader. Photograph by Tina K.VaLant


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In May, the almost 80-year-old SPCA of Central Florida unveiled its new name and brand, Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando.The unveiling took place during the first-ever Humane Heroes Luncheon at The Alfond Inn in Winter Park, Florida. Donations and pledges made during the luncheon raised $139,170. The new brand fol- lows changes in leadership, including the announcment of Kerri Burns as the agency’s executive director and Sean Hawkins as the director of marketing and philanthropy. PetAllianceOrlando.org. 407.323.8685


The board of directors of the Humane Society of the Nature Coast in Brooksville, selected Dina Athanassie as its executive director in June. Her hiring ends a four- month search to replace former executive director Joanne Schoch, who retired in February after 11 years with the shelter. HumaneRescue.org. 352.796.2711.


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