On a very cold day in the park I found Bradley Bennet, his daughter Ava and Huck, their Toy Poodle. Bradley runs a marketing business called Big Bamboo Marketing. He is a very engaging guy.
I used this group picture as the "Big Finish" in my last blog and the teaser for this blog about people with dogs. So they get double exposure from me. Vicky Hale and sons Hunter, and Jackson are here at Wash and Wag with Clementine. She has just been all spruced up and really shows it.... glued on earrings, painted nails and all. Clemintine, of course is a Bloodhound.... a great big bloodhound! Vicky told me that Clementine looks "regal" in this picture.... ummmmmmh. She, (Vicky not Clementine), is a dentist who lives in Culpeper and practices in Orange.
Andrew and his Doberman, Dieter
It was not as easy getting pictures of people and their dogs as I thought it would be. So I took my camera just about everywhere hoping that someone might be out walking their dog in the cold. One day I was driving down Ira Hoffman and saw this man with his long saw (laying on the ground here) topping off a smallish tree and his dog was with him. I whipped around and caught up with James Franklin and Chico. James is a life long resident of Culpeper who moved to Myrtle Beach recently. He was home for just a brief time when I found him. Chico is a pure breed German Shepherd. A couple of years ago James agreed to cut down a pine tree for a man who gave him Chico in exchange for his work. Now three years old, Chico was one at the time. He is a big old friendly dog.
These guys are the kind of people that make me want to keep doing this blog. Friendly, happy, cooperative and pretty darn interesting besides. They are Justin and Ayern (love that spelling!) Barton. He is a carpenter who is skilled in working creatively with wood and repurposing old pieces into new creations. She works for Family Preservation Services and Environmental Systems Services (whew). I know for sure that she has an important and difficult job, but there is just not enough room here to go into it. She is also a clothing designer who previously had an interesting online company. Perhaps one day they will combine their talents and create a combination store featuring both sets of skills. That would be cool! Right in the front of this group is their Bulldog, Sherman. Since we are dealing about dogs... he is the most important...the star of this picture. It seems to me that Bulldogs consistently have the greatest names. Sherman (as in Sherman Tank) is a good example.
This is the tale (no pun) of two dogs and their K9 officers.
The Culpeper Police Department K9 team consists of two officers and their dogs. First is Officer Eric Grant and Titan, a German Shepherd. You can see from the pictures below that Titan and Officer Grant have a very friendly relationship. In the first picture below, Titan does some face licking and in the second gets his ears scratched.
Officer Grant is a fourth generation policeman. His great grandfather began it all in Pittsburgh; then his grandfather was a Washington D.C. officer; his dad was a motorcycle cop right here in Culpeper... and now Eric. He began his career at age 19 as a community services officer. Eric is a Culpeper "lifer".... he has lived here all of his life. Titan is used primarily for "automobile scans and tracking." If while scanning, the dog detects drugs then the officer has just cause to search the car. Officer Grant alerted me to the fact that he and Titan are "more laid back" than the other half of the team. However he said with a smile, "Titan bites just as hard!"
Next the other half of the CPD K9 team.
I met with Officer David Cole and his dog, Jackson on a Saturday afternoon in the front parking lot of the police station. Officer Cole was just as advertised... all business. When he got Jackson out of the car there was no nuzzling between Officer Cole and his dog. There could not have been even if Officer Cole wanted because Jackson was focused and totally ready to do what he was asked to do. There is a lot of energy in that dog. He is a Belgium Malinois and has shorter hair, a more pointed face and is larger that a German Shepherd. Other than that, the two breeds resemble each other a lot. Jackson's job is the same as Titan's and they both have excellent track records. Officer Cole has been on the K9 team in Culpeper for three years and an officer here since 2007.
I was impressed with these two men for very different reasons. Truthfully, I would not want to run afoul of either one. As I observed them and their dogs it was obvious that they are close to polar opposites. I kept thinking about Officer Grant's comment about the fact that despite their differences, one dog bit just as hard as the other. I thought that was an apt analogy about these two men....one more laid back and one more intense. But I'll just bet that they both bite hard.
WELL..... THAT'S IT FOR THIS ADDITION. HOWEVER DOING IT WAS SO INTERESTING AND FUN THAT THERE WILL DEFINITELY BE A PART TWO SOMETIME IN THE FUTURE!!!
In the meantime, don't forget to follow my pictures and words in the Culpeper Times. My piece is called, Rich Crowley's Snapshot of Culpeper.
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