Police Dog retires with pride

December 25, 2007 | By Rebecca Andrews | Category: Heroes | 508 comments
Tags: heroes, dogs

IOWA – After serving six years as a narcotics dog with the Cedar Rapids Police Department, a Belgium Malinois, Bowie and his partner celebrated his retirement from the K-9 program on Tuesday night.

Nine-year-old Bowie, has lived with his partner, John McDaniel since he was three-years-old. Bowie will continue to live with the McDaniel family who are responsible for his expenses when the city retires him.

Because of a bad hip, Bowie’s retirement came a little early. McDaniel said the dog always gave 100 percent during his 12-hour shifts.

They spent a lot of their time doing search warrants in schools and parking lots for the narcotics bureau.

McDaniel said it will be different working without his right-hand dog. He said this will be an opportunity for someone else to have a dog since he’s already worked with two dogs.

Four dogs remain in the program and three more will be added next month.

McDaniel and officer Dan Jaben helped launch the K-9 program in 1997. During last night’s celebration, Jaben and his late dog partner, Djarko were honored for their contribution to the program.

Even though his days of duty are through, Bowie’s sense of smell was better than ever when it came time to handing out slices of his cake.

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Oldmaidcatwoman
5 years ago

It really is a shame they don't make provisions for a retired dog's medical expenses. I am sure the officers are willing to do it for their dear friend, but it could be very costly, especially when a dog has been injured in the line of duty.

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Ethan W.
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Ethan W.
5 years ago

Happy Retirement!!

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