Police Service Dog (PSD) Hondo retired from service on December 20, 2012. We enjoyed the last days of 2012 together – he was a newly retired police dog and I had a couple of weeks off for the holidays. Our days were filled with walks and family time, and yes, Hondo put the run on our cat one last time.
He will be missed.
Hondo was a pure bred German Shepherd, and he was a police dog with the Vancouver Police Department from 2005 to 2012. His badge number was PSD #0478, which stands for the year he was born (2004) and the sequence he fell into (#78 – the VPD only started keeping track of their dogs 77 dogs ago – over 150 dogs have served with the VPD since the 1960’s).
Hondo was a dog who needed a job. When not actively chasing after ‘bad guys’, Hondo used his keen sense of smell to track people, search areas, and locate evidence/property. He was my four-legged partner and together we worked to keep the citizens of Vancouver safe. We were one of eighteen handler/dog teams within the Dog Squad.
When off-duty, Hondo enjoyed playing with our other dogs, tormenting our cat, going for walks and going swimming. He loved his kong, loved to play fetch and was a wonderful addition to our family.
To view the trading cards of the VPD Police Dogs and to download the Dog Squad’s 50th Anniversary poster, visit the VPD Dog Squad’s website.
Guardians Of The Night
Trust in me my friend for I am your comrade. I will protect you with my last breath. When all others have left you and the loneliness of the night closes in, I will be at your side.
Together we will conquer all obstacles, and search out those who might wish harm to others. All I ask of you is compassion, the caring touch of your hands. It is for you that I will unselfishly give my life, and spend my nights unrested. Although our days together may be marked by the passing of the seasons, know that each day at your side is my reward.
My days are measured by the coming and going of your footsteps. I anticipate them at every opening of the door. You are the voice of caring when I am ill. The voice of authority when I’ve done wrong.
Do not chastise me unduly for I am your right arm, the sword at your side. I attempt to do only what you bid of me. I seek only to please you and remain in your favour.
Together you and I shall experience a bond only others like us will understand. When outsiders see us together their envy will be measured by their disdain.
I will quietly listen to you and pass no judgement, nor will your spoken words be repeated. I will remain ever silent, ever vigilant, and ever loyal. And when our time together is done and you move on in the world, remember me with kind thoughts and tales, for a time we were unbeatable. Nothing passed among us undetected.
If we should meet again on another street I will gladly take up your fight. I am a Police Working Dog and together we are Guardians Of The Night.
– Author Unknown