This week, I had the privilege to toodle over to a friends house to watch a K9 demonstration. Brookie was still here and got in on the action. A nice crowd had showed up and we all listened with rapt attention to Officer (I think) DeClue, Mr. Luna (I think) and Esko.

Officer DeClue gave us quite the run down of how the K9 program works and the rigorous training that the dogs receive. Esko spent quite a few weeks in K9 academies and Officer DeClue enventually ‘inherited’ him from another K9 Officer. Esko spent the first 6 weeks biting DeClue until he finally clued in that he had a new handler. heh.

Esko was incredibly smart and was incredibly excited to show off his tricks. One of the kids hid a gun and a cell phone and Esko circled the field until he found both (didn’t take him long at all). When he did find them, he laid down right in front of it with his paws surrounding the object and thus kept the piece of evidence intact. That was impressive in and of itself but he received quite an applause after pulling off this set of moves.

Pretend bad guy is running away from the cops, so Esko is sent to bring him down.

 Esko had been bouncing around, trying to get his muzzle off, but it was amazing how quick he honed in on this guy.

And this, my friends, would be a terrifying sight; a full grown German Shepard leaping and bounding toward you. DeClue says most ‘runner’s’ give up real quick and that he’s tested Esko’s ability to come back to the point where Esko will have launched himself on the runner but DeClue can call him off and Esko won’t bite. That’s some serious obedience.

Didn’t take long to bring him down and then the wrestling began.

Poor pretend bad guy. Brooke thought this part would be fun to play. Me, not so much.

Pretend bad guy eventually gave up and DeClue was in the process of cuffing him when bad guy decided to take a swing at him. And without a word, Esko launched into action.

And took him down again.

It was a very enlightening afternoon and very heartwarming to see the intense bond between man and dog-they definitely have each other’s back.

And for those who didn’t get to make the show, I believe they’ll be performing July 24th and 25th at the Orange County Fair. Also, these demonstrations are free and if you can pull a group together, they’d be happy to come visit you.

It’s well worth your time.

About A Story of Us

My grandparents 57th wedding anniversary and my first wedding anniversary motivated to journal the adventures life brought our way . I hope to amuse the friends and family I have all over the country and, when I am my grandmothers age, look back at what I have written and chuckle. It's been four years since I began and the snickers I bring myself as I look back propel me to write on. Cheers to the future and happy memories of the past.
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3 Responses to Esko

  1. Dad says:

    Are they looking for any border collie friends?

  2. Cheree says:

    That’s really cool. Thanks for showing what we missed!

  3. brookie says:

    I thought it was interesting that when the “bad guy” started resisting arrest and took a swing, the officer didn`t have to give any commands to Esko, he just automatically went into protection mode. maybe i need a german shepard. (dad? :D)

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