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The Flower That Blooms In Adversity
The story of a dog who started a movement
Written By Frances L. Faulkner, CVT
Armed robbers broke into Florida Highway Patrol Trooper, Bobby Boody's, home on November 19, 2012. Retired K-9 Trooper, Drake, jumped from his dog bed and into action, defending his master's home. In doing so, Drake was shot several times by these nefarious juveniles. Despite the best efforts of some of the most skilled veterinarians in Palm Beach County, Drake succumbed to his wounds and was humanely euthanized.
A life-sized, bronze sculpture of Trooper Drake has been erected on the grounds of Simmons Veterinary Hospital in Lake Worth, Florida to commemorate Drake along with many other fallen canine heroes. The base of the sculpture includes inscriptions with the names, dates and departments of other working dogs that have passed away; whether it be in the line of duty or during retirement. A video of the unveiling of the "Remembering Drake" memorial can be viewed at http://simmonsvet.com/custom_content/c_247404_drake_memorial.html and click 'watch the ceremony in its entirety'.
Drake's story has tugged at the heart strings of many of us. It has also revealed what can only be described as a great disservice to our working canines. The Police K-9 Bill Of Rights is determined to improve the treatment of these amazing dogs. The bill's specific goals include:
- Change the classification of our working police dogs from "equipment" to K-9 Officers.
- Provide medical benefits for retired K-9 Officers to include veterinary care, food and other items for their well-being for the remainder of the dog's life.
- K-9 Officers will receive the benefits of safety equipment while on the job including bullet proof vests, paw protectors and other equipment to help them with their daily job functions.
- Provide cremation and memorial services for all K-9 Officers.
(Provided by: Simmons Veterinary Hospital
Photo also courtesy of Simmons Veterinary Hospital
Thus far, the presentation of the new bill has received endorsement from the following:
•· MD Senator Richard Colburn
•· MD Delegate Adelaide Eckardt
•· MD Delegate Jeannie Haddaway Riccio
· FL Senator Mike Fasano
•· US Congressman Alcee Hastings
•· US Congressman Patrick Murphy
•· FL Senator Joseph Abruzzo
•· FL State Representative Mike Fasano, District 36
•· US Congressman Ted Deutch
•· FL State Representative Patrick Rooney, District 85
•· Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office, Sheriff Bradshaw and numerous law enforcement agencies.
The Police K-9 Bill Of Rights needs more support and you can help. There are many ways to get involved. Go to http://simmonsvet.com/custom_content/c_247404_drake_memorial.html for more information on how you can be part of the movement. Let us be their voice!
1. Simmons DVM, Kenneth. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1102785715/remembering-drake-bronze-sculpture, Published on Saturday, November 24, 2012. Web. 10 July, 2013
2. Meranchik, Jay. "The Situation of Working and Retired K-9 Dogs." http://www.nk9wd.com. The National K-9 Working Dog, Inc., Published 2013. Web. 10 July, 2013
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