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Cody giving a great big smile and happy to be going for another long walk with mom.
Cody relaxing in his new home and getting comfy after
his long trip.
King's Shepherd Saviors:
It has been a year now since Rex became my husband's K-9 partner and member of our family. It was a rough start, but he has adjusted well and I am writing to you to thank you for rescuing Rex. As I sit here typing this message to you, he is sitting at my feet and it breaks my heart to think that he was deemed unadoptable by a shelter. We were sent your Christmas newsletter last year a day before my husband was to pick up Rex. Of course, we were very concerned about how he would behave and adjust to living with our family. My husband was about to retire his K-9 partner (Noris) after working with him for several years. Noris became a part of our family in 2005 when our son was 3 years old. He loves Noris and they have been best of friends ever since. He was expecting the same to happen with Rex. Unfortunately, after reading about his behavior and past we weren't so sure. Even as my husband picked him up, he was told he did not get along with any other dogs in the unit and growled at other officers. Once he trusted us, he was fine.
That was last December, so let me tell you about Rex now. He is best briends with our 10-year-old male shepherd, Noris, who suffers from degenerative myelopathy. They play every day and Rex looks out for him. When they go outside, Rex waits at the top of the stairs for him. When neighboring dogs bark at Noris, Rex is there to protect him. The first thing Rex does when he comes home from work is look for Noris. Unfortunately, Noris is sometimes standing at the door and Rex knocks him down. We just went on vacation for the first time since we have had Rex and we boarded both dogs at the animal hospital, a place where Noris has always gone. We we arrived to pick them up, the ladies at the counter asked who we were there to pick up and when we said Noris and Rex, they said no. In fact, one of them said she wanted to keep Rex. He even was given a bath there. The same worker said she would go into the kennel that Rex was in and just sit and play with thim. Anytime Rex goes outside, we dry his feet before he comes inside. He now stands there and lets us touch his back legs with no problem. My son hugs and kisses him and plays with him all the time. Again, it breaks my heart to think that he might not have been here if not for your organization. Also, whoever came to the conclusion that he would make a good police dog was absolutely correct. He is also so excited every day to go to work. As soon as he sees my husband get ready, you can see Rex's excitement.
The change in Rex over the last year has been amazing. Love and trust is all it took for him to let down his guard and be happy. In fact, he wakes me up in the morning by nosing my pillow and when I pet him he moves to make my hand move down his back and scratch him right up above his tail, his favorite spot. Amazing for a dog who didn't like to have his back touched, right? He is definitely high strung and will lay right in the way, but he is part of the family. Rex worked the Presidential Inauguration last year and continuously checks the monuments in DC. A long way from where you found him.
Thank you for saving Rex and donating him to US Park Police. We love him and couldn't imagine life without him. Noris never had a friend before and when you see them, you would think they have been best friends for years. I have even had people ask me if they are brothers. I have attached a few pictures of Rex for you to see. The first one, he is enjoying his Christmas present this year. The next, is of him and my husband at work. They were training that day. Finally, a picture of Rex and Noris playing. Rex is on the left.
Thank you and Happy New Year!
Rex with his Christmas Present 2013
Officer Steven Knapp with Rex
Rex (left) with his brother Noris (right)