Sacramento Police K9 Hobbes

We were at Pet Food Express this weekend and visited with Sacramento Police K9 “Hobbes” and his handler Officer Hoversten.

Hobbes is a 5-year old Belgian Shepherd who Officer Hoversten say is is a ham! You can see from the photos that Hobbes is very friendly. He has a cute trait of lifting one paw when sitting, and Officer Hoversten says there’s no predicting which paw comes off the ground.

I pick my left paw up…

I put my left paw down…and pick it up again!…

I pick my right paw up…and Love being petted.  The middle of my head feels good.

And my right ear.  And while you’re at it, could you do my left ear too?  Thanks! 

I’ve met several police K9s, and even when their handler says it’s ok to pet them and you know they won’t bite, some have a very intense demeanor and command your respect. Hobbes was alert, but he was very calm and wanted to be petted, preferably while leaning on you!

Every year, Pet Food express partners with Police & Working Dog K-9 Foundation to provide supplies to police dogs and advanced training to their handlers. Proceeds from the pet wash go to the Foundation, and the stuffed dog is a working hero that you get for a making a donation. The hero dog changes each year and comes with a tag that explains the history and traits of the breed and what they’re often used for in police work. Here are two that we have.

I have mixed feelings about using dogs for apprehension work because they can be injured or even killed in the line of duty. In 2012, Sacramento K9 “Bodie” was credited with saving his handler’s life, but not without being critically injured with gunshot wounds to his face and paw. Thankfully, he recovered. If we’re going to use police (and military) dogs, we need to provide them with protective gear and medical care throughout their lives. Most police dogs don’t get any kind of medical benefits after they retire, so it’s charities like the Police & Working Dog K-9 Foundation that help cover the costs of care once the dogs retire. If this is a cause you’re interested in supporting, you can search the web for organizations that help your local police K9s.

This guy isn’t a police dog, but he sure is cute! He’s a Springer Spaniel and I love that his owner keeps the hair on top of his head long. It gives him a lot of character. What I actually noticed first was his spectacular paws. His front paws were easily 4 inches across. I bet he’s a really good swimmer.  

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15 Responses to Sacramento Police K9 Hobbes

  1. Had no idea that police dogs get no coverage after they retire! C’mon people at municipalities! I’ve never met a K9 dog or officer (although I see a car once in awhile that says, “Stay Back!”) I appreciate what they do for us.

  2. Brian says:

    We admire the work that they do. We had 2 of our K9 Officers killed recently here.

  3. Summer says:

    In spite of his job, Hobbes seems like a sweetheart! I agree – police dogs should have medical benefits after they retire. They give so much in their line of work.

  4. I have no idea what happens to police dogs when they retire here. I don’t think it is all that grim, however, although I have no details.

    • Raven says:

      From what I’ve heard, around here, most of the dogs retire and live with their handler their family.

  5. We really admire Hobbes and all the other K-9 dogs for all they do.

  6. Our city’s retired Malinois dogs often live with their handlers, too. We’ve been lucky that only one in the past several years was hurt in the line of duty and had to retire.

  7. 15andmeowing says:

    He is a cutie. That is sad that police dogs don’t have medical benefits after they retire.

  8. Both gorgeous dogs! And, yes, we should provide them with medical coverage for the rest of their lives!

  9. Johnny says:

    So, so beautiful! I’m so grateful for the work that they do <3

  10. There is something special about a working dog like this. Thanks for sharing.

  11. Annie says:

    That is a shame about no medical care for police dogs. Sadly, I’m not super surprised when I think about the atrocious “benefits” for our veterans. Hobbes has such a sweet and happy face! These dogs deserve the best for their service.

    The Springer Spaniel is so cute with this long bangs! I’ve never seen that before I don’t think.

  12. kittiesblue says:

    What a great dog, Hobbes is. (One of Mom’s all-time favorite comics was Calvin and Hobbes). She says that she has never seen that breed of dog before. Was a great post in in honor of this organization. Come by Sunday and enter our Comment-a-thon and you could win a donation to this group. XOCK, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo and Cooper Murphy

  13. Jan K says:

    Hobbes looks like a sweetie, unlike other police dogs I’ve known. We used to have two next door to us at our old house, and they were more of the “intense” variety. One of them killed one of our cats. 🙁

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