Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Humble Heros...

January 5, 2011

Bas and his handler came to see our Boarded Veterinary Dentist and Oral Surgeon, Dr. Matt Lemmons, a while back. Bas, a police dog, had several fractured teeth and his handler wanted to keep Bas on the force. With permission from Officer Sam, we are sharing a note he wrote to Dr. Lemmons (below) regarding Bas’ celebrated return to active service.

We are always touched by the gratitude we receive from pet owners and rejoice with them when the animal they cherish can once again experience ‘the good life’. With Sam and Bas, living ‘the good life’ means they are risking their lives every day to keep us safe!

So…Officers Sam and Bas, we thank you for the great honor of serving two very special local heroes…

December 23, 2010

“Dr. Lemmons,

I hope that this email finds you well and having a good holiday. I just wanted to thank you again almost a year and a half after Bas' surgeries. The quality of your work has never stopped amazing me.

We have had a great year. We have participated in some amazing training throughout the year including one where I got over my fear of putting Bas back on the bite suit. I had trainers from all over the country telling me how great Bas is and I have you to thank for keeping him in service.

I remember being so scared that I would be forced to retire him but now we are going strong. As recently as last weekend we had two patrol bite apprehensions on shift and all of his teeth/your work was intact. My K-9 supervisor claims that Bas is one of the best dogs that he has ever seen and again, all of it would not be possible if it weren't for you and the dedicated care Bas received while he was with you and your staff.

I couldn't see myself with any other dog than Bas. He is my partner, friend, and brother knight in arms. Perhaps someday I will be able to fully thank you for what you did for us.

I hope you and your family have a great holiday season.

Take care,
Sam and Bas

(He told me to send the photos-he was proud)”

1 comment:

  1. Shepherds are so trainable, they are smart and want to please. We have raised 3 over 30 years, none have barked at people and all have been great with children and other animals. Great family dogs that like activity and need a job to do. Our current one thinks it is her job to bring large pieces of shale out of the creek and up on to our deck. We call her our "rock hound" and needless to say her teeth are worn to nubs.