What excellent young ladies!
Thanks to the Asheville Citizen-Times for this sweet article.
Girl Scout cookies help K9 get a bulletproof vest
by Adam Behsudi
published May 18, 2007
WEAVERVILLE Girl Scout cookies and bulletproof vests might make for an odd fit under any other circumstance.
But for Rocky, the Buncombe County Sheriffs Office patrol dog, the sale of Thin Mints, Caramel deLites and Do-si-dos paid for his new Kevlar vest.
Fifth-graders from Troop 141 sold about $800 worth of the cookies to buy protection for the police pooch.
My girls, they love animals,” said troop leader Ruth Ann Tensi. They were looking for a service project to do.”
The 10-year-old Belgian Malinois got a chance to don his new vest Thursday as about a dozen Girl Scouts looked on in the parking lot of the Weaverville United Methodist Church.
Rockys handler, Deputy Scott Hawkins, was grateful to have a vest for the dog hes been working with for eight years.
Weve been in several (situations) that could have been bad,” he said. Hes a pretty big part of my life.”
Rocky is one of three K9s used by the sheriffs office. As the only patrol dog, which can bring more dangerous work than sniffing for drugs or explosives.
This is the only working dog we have that will go after the bad guy,” Sheriff Van Duncan said to the group of girls.
Rocky is usually sent in first during situations involving people armed with weapons.
The dogs are certainly placed in more jeopardy than the officer,” said Lt. Randy Sorrells. They have a very dangerous role.”