K-9 PRIDE

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In “Ca­nine Courage” (July/Au­gust 2018), Rachel Rose does a fab­u­lous job of de­scrib­ing RCMP dog han­dlers, a sub­ject I sus­pect few Cana­di­ans know about. My son-in-law is a sergeant for the Moun­ties and over­sees the han­dlers of the Po­lice Dog Ser­vice Unit in New­found­land and Labrador. He has had sev­eral an­i­mals over his long ca­reer, and I’ve got­ten to know some of them, both dur­ing their work­ing lives and af­ter they re­tire. They’ve demon­strated tremen­dous strength and speed, along with in­cred­i­ble fo­cus—noth­ing short of a bomb go­ing off would dis­tract them. These Ger­man shep­herds and their han­dlers are impressive duos, do­ing such great work for Cana­di­ans.

RICK OR­LANDO, Hub­ley, N.S.

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