Link to the publishers of 'With Courage and Trust'
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Ian Thompson. ? Davison. Peter Wiltshire. Geoff Whyatt. Jack?
W. Yks. Leeds. W.Yks. Dewsbury. Leeds.
Alan Pickles. Eric Heywood. Geoff Kitson.
Bradford . Bradford. W.Yks.
March 1973 Temple Newsham
Left to right
1. Peter Wiltshire W.Yorks 2. Dave Jackson W.Yorks 3. Ron Prime W.Yorks 4. Geoff Kitson W.Yorks 5. Ron Reynolds S.Yorks 6. ?? ?? 7. Geoff Wyatt W.Yorks 8. ?? ?? 9. Peter Readshaw W.Yorks 10. ?? ??
1. Colin Ogley W.Yorks 2. Andy Ryan W.Yorks 3. Jim Millward W.Yorks 4. SID OXLEY S.Yorks. 5. ?? ?? 6. Angus Taylor W.Yorks 7. Louis Truelove W.Yorks 8. ?? ??
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
A Dog's Prayer Beth Norman Harris
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Author - Unknown
GRIEVE NOT FOR ME FOR IT HAS BEEN ORDAINED,
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Sunday, September 07, 2008
Sunday, August 31, 2008
A track to be followed, of which no trace can be seen.
A person still hiding, where everyone's been.
A child, lost, who cannot be traced.
Property hidden, or something mis-placed,
Searches made in vain that another must do.
A runner, criminal athlete, too fast to pursue.
Violence, a riot, too few on the ground.
A place must be guarded, not enough to surround.
Displays to be fixed, getting artistes a pain.
Public relations - aah, an animal's domain.
Places to visit and tales to tell.
Advice on dogs!! an officeman's hell.
What is the cry?, with all shouts to the van.
How on earth can we do it?
"Get the Dogman".
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
This is a photograph of one 'happy' retired Police Dog Handler/Trainer who introduced me to the art and gave me a career. This photograph will stop on the blog until he does a swap!
Any ideas as to the identity should be passed to the FBI.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
1964. The Isle Of Man’s only police dog has a nervous breakdown on duty helping control 7,000 Rolling Stones fans. The screaming upsets the dog so much, it starts to snarl at the fans. It is relieved of duty for several days.
Perhaps someone can verify the authenticity
Saturday, August 09, 2008
Monday, July 28, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
A newly-born police puppy has been named Ken in a fitting tribute to popular police dog handler Ken Exley, who died last year.
Mr Exley, who was 76 when he passed away, became one of the first dog handlers in the country when he was appointed to the role in 1960 as PC 386.
He served in Bradford for more than 30 years and, when he died, former colleagues decided they wanted to commemorate his life.
The Bradford branch of the National Association of Retired Police Officers (NARPO) was told it could subsidise a police dog for a year, paying for its initial upbringing, injections and early training.
Members of the branch jumped at the opportunity and, yesterday, they presented a cheque for £500 at the police dog training centre near Wakefield.
Joseph Broadley, chairman of the Bradford branch of NARPO, said: "Ken was a gentle giant and an extremely popular member of the force".
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
My book, entitled Badge on My Collar--A Chronicle of Courageous Canines, has enjoyed a spectacular success, far beyond my expectations, ranking as high as #6 on amazon.com's Top 100 New Animal Books for three months and has showed up on nearly 100 websites around the world. The USPCA sells it on their website for raise money, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police use it as a prize in their annual "Name the Puppy Contest." This was my eighth book. It was so kind of you to put it on your blogsite.
As a result of its success, I am considering writing a sequel to the book. I have written about many kinds of working K9s before, but I have not received any stories about UK police dogs. I am looking for poignant stories about the dogs. I look for the humorous, the unusual and the memorable kinds of stories that people like to read and ones that showcase these dogs and their specialties. I also include a few pictures of each dog I profile. I have to admit the picture of the dog on your website wearing the boots would make a cute cover picture if I get many international stories. I can't believe the reception this book has gotten in the UK and also Australia. Yesterday someone posted it in Bulgaria, and I have heard from people in Tasmania!
I would love to hear some UK stories, and if any handlers would like to submit them to me for consideration, I would be most glad to receive them. They could be emailed to me at see e-mail contact link front page
Monday, May 05, 2008
1 David Ginn Jubilee Rhum Metropolitan
2 Bob Newham Razor Lincolnshire
3 Steve Bishop Ace 5 Metropolitan
4 Alec Bell Nica Strathclyde
5 Steve Vaughan Shadow Suffolk
6 Neil Cherrington Taz West Midlands
7 Chris Reid Coll Strathclyde
8 Eric Carbis Zak Central Scotland
9 Steve Laughton Kai Merseyside
10 Dave Buckley Chaz Nottinghamshire
11 Paul Glennon Spud Devon & Cornwall
12 Steve Williams Robby Sussex
13 Kevin Hughes Flint South Wales
14 John Hawkins Riot BTP
15 Graham Clarke Kiro Demi Metropolitan
16 Chris Booker Dexter West Yorkshire
17 Guy Williams Ben Avon & Somerset
18 Graham Shaw Quin Metropolitan
19 Mark Johnson Jet Nottinghamshire
20 Jonathan Wood Bex West Midlands
21 Steve Randall Barra Fife
22 Dave Ross VHN Perseus Metropolitan
23 Lee Geary Den West Yorkshire
24 George Lewandowski Boris Central Scotland
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Marilyn Jeffers Walton's eighth book has just been released. The attachment gives a preview of the book and shows the cover. The book is entitled, Badge of My Collar--A Chronicle of Courageous Canines. This book profiles fifteen police and search and rescue dogs telling their unique and fascinating true stories. Three of these dogs are Ohio dogs. One, Luke II, is the highly successful Cincinnati Police Department K-9 who was rescued from the Animal Friends Humane Society in Butler County the day he was to be put down. Other dogs from around the country and in Iraq are featured in the book which also includes the poignant story of the only dog lost at the World Trade Center on 9/11. Over a span of twenty years these stories were searched for and collected to create a true chronicle of these self-sacrificing and brave dogs.
The book is available at http://www.authorhouse.com/ or by calling 1 888-728-8467. It is also available an amazon.com or authorhouse.co.uk, and is being sold through the U.S. Police Canine Association website. http://www.uspcak9.com/
Monday, March 17, 2008
Photo of Terry Shelton with King George VI .
A proud and private man Terry Shelton, not many of the thousands of handlers he trained actually knew his real name or that he was one of the heroic Marine Commandos who invaded Norway during World War two.
It seemed that a P.C. called him Terry by mistake just after the war and he liked it so much that he answered to it for the rest of his very active long service, just short of forty years to be accurate.
Sunday, March 09, 2008
Don’t try telling police dogs to “p--s off”!
I had to laugh when I read the Skipper about the German trained police dog. I was a police dog handler for 26 years in the Bristol Constabulary.
I was one of two policemen to start the dog section in this force. We had two puppies supplied by the Surrey Police Dog Section. Even in those days dogs were in a short supply and were obtained from members of the public as gifts, and bred by various police forces, especially those forces that had a training centre. A lot of breeding stock was of course from Germany. Germany uses an enormous number of dogs. I understand that the border patrols have somewhere in the region of 3,000 dogs.
In my time as a handler, dogs from abroad had to be quarantined for six months and this was not a viable proposition for small dog sections. I don't know what the situation is today. To get back to what made me laugh was your "aus" and "bissen" which you say the dog handler had to learn. This is not for the dogs' sake, it is a safety precaution. At the dog training school we were taught to say "passauf" - this was when we wanted the dog to attack. This as you can see was a safety factor. It was not a word I was likely to use in everyday conversation but this is the laugh. I was with my colleague late one evening when we came upon three young men coming from the back of a factory. When they saw the dog van approach they stepped back into the shadows. We stopped, got our dogs out of the van and went up to them. After questioning them and examining the premises we were satisfied that they had been relieving themselves. We told them to go on their way. There is always one. This one was becoming a nuisance. His mates were trying to calm him down to no avail. He was mouthing off about his rights and gesticulating. My colleague's dog was getting a bit agitated and straining at the short lead. His handler stepped nearer and said forcefully "p--s off" and pointed in the direction he wanted the man to go. The dog must have thought he had said "passauf" because in the wink of an eye the dog lunged forward and seized him by his arm. Startled, the young fellow tried to snatch his arm out of the dogs mouth, and the handler was pulling the dog back, when the coat sleeve parted company with the rest of the jacket.
It was then that the man decided to leave the scene and, after picking up his sleeve, he ran off ranting and raving to catch up to his mates who had left when we told them to. We put the dogs back into the van.
It was at this time we realised that even using a foreign language was fraught with danger.
Tom Hornsby, Hamilton Close, Hayle
If You are out there Tom, please contact.
A command also used by the Notts Police! but which one?
Norman Collier was well known for patrolling Scarborough with his award-winning Alsatian, called North, who gained many accolades over the years.Norman joined the police in 1956 and spent 17 years with the force, working mainly in Scarborough and spending a short time in Guisborough.He started his police career as a village bobby in Carlton Miniott, near Thirsk, and after two years went to train as a dog handler at Solberge Hall, Northallerton.
Thursday, March 06, 2008
The art of going in the Dog Section Office was to distract Woodies attention and turn Ollie's head so that he wasn't looking at you, as it always appeared that if Ollie was looking at you a b********g was imminent.
Tuesday, March 04, 2008
This was taken in the early to mid sixties .Roger was appointed dog handler with Ron Woodward and both trained initially at Hutton in 1959. Les Bray had retired by 1968 when the first main amalgamations took place.