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FIT@50 \ week 16

Unplugged & Replugged: Last week was an amazing experience. I spent the weekend with my wife,Liliana Hart on a Trek Travels cycling trip through northern California. The grapes were the only things online out there. No cell or internet service, and the wifi was spotty to say the least. So what did I do with my cell phone? Used it as a camera to capture pics of the beauty of our country and the fun with new friends. I’d unplugged. And it []

Capturing the Moment \ Christie Pepper / Part 2

Christie Pepper Photography© http://christiepepperphotography.smugmug.com/ https://www.facebook.com/ChristiePepperPhotography Welcome back to the second half of my interview with Christie Pepper. In addition to having first met Christie while working at the same Sheriff’s Office, she’s a trusted honest eye for my upcoming crime thriller and current A Cajun Murder Mystery Series. I’m excited to continue this conversation with Christie because one answer blew me away. I’ve asked this same question to others, and yet her reply was so unique, I’ve thought about nothing since. You’ll []

K-9 Interview | Readers’ Questions Answered #5

RHETT MATHEWS: Being a current handler myself, I always get the question, “Why do the dogs come from Europe? And are they already trained?”   LT. E. RODRIGUE: Breeding regulations are a lot stricter in Europe.  Some of these dogs have prior training, but may not be the training you’re looking for, so be very careful.  Some of the dogs come in with outstanding training and some with issues you may never resolve.  There are very dependable breeders and trainers in the []

K-9 Interview | Readers’ Questions Answered #4

CAROLINE CASH: How long do most dogs serve as a K9?   LT. E. RODRIGUE: Most dogs work to between eight and ten years of age, depending on their health.   SHERRY TROOP: What other breeds of dogs are used besides shepherds? Are some breeds better suited for the job or is it the personality of the particular dog?   LT. E. RODRIGUE: Belgium Malionois, Dutch Shepared, Labrador Retriever are some of your most popular.  I have seen some mixed breeds out []

K-9 Interview | Readers’ Questions Answered #3

SYLVIA E. BULL: Do you volunteer to be a K-9 officer? Do you get to pick the dog? What do you do with the dog during vacation? How long is the training?   LT. E. RODRIGUE: In our department you volunteer to be a K-9 Officer.  I pick most of the dogs and try to match them with the handler’s personality.  In our department when the handler goes on vacation I kennel the dogs in my kennel. When I go on vacation []

K-9 Interview | Readers’ Questions Answered #2

  ALEXANDER SIMPSON: I’ve heard that some officers have to pay for their dogs out of their own pocket. Is that true?   LT. EDDIE RODRIGUE: Yes it’s true. I have worked several of my own K-9’s. I donated my present K-9 Vic, so I would be allowed to work him.   Our department now buys green dogs for the other handlers and I complete the initial training to save the department the price of a fully trained dog. Our department pays $5,500.00 []