In Arkansas, a Greenwood police K-9 named Kina has been found alive and well today, after two days gone, and two bullet wounds in her. She and her partner responded with other officers to a family disturbance, that turned quickly into a shoot out.
The K-9 unit she and her partner were in a car receiving extreme amounts of gunfire, piercing nearly every side of the vehicle. It was so fierce that her partner Dennis Wiser let her go out the back door of the vehicle, so she could get out of the heavy gunfire. Kina bolted out the back door and ran into a heavily wooded area. After the scene was over with, she could not be found.
There was blood in the back of the cruiser, where K-9 Kina had been during the gun battle. It was suspected that she had been hit. Unfortunately, she was shot twice. Over the next few days many officers were dispatched to look for her, a plane flew over the area they suspected she could be at.
During the shoot out Deputy Cooper was shot and murdered, Hackett Police Chief Darrell Spells was also shot, he received a minor head wound.
A local homeowner noted Kina wandering near the tree line of his back yard and called the police, who waited till her partner Dennis Wiser got there. He got down on his knees and called once to her. Kina ran as fast as she could and cuddled into Officer Dennis Wiser’s arms. He had brought her red “Kong” toy with him and she fetched it once as they walked back to where the rest of the officers were gathered. There were hugs all around, and a feeling of relief and closure to the terrible incident that claimed another human officer’s life. As Kina was examined, they discovered then that she had indeed been shot in the neck and her legs. She was taken to the veterinary hospital immediately.
It appears that both shots entered and exited her body. One is in the neck, the other her legs. There are some retained bullet fragments. She is dehydrated as well. If one shot had been just two inches lower, she wouldn’t be here. If she doesn’t develop an infection, or the loss of blood doesn’t create complications, it looks like she might be OK. She was able to walk with her partner under her own power at the veterinarians, and is now recuperating at home with her partner, Dennis Wiser.
During the two days that she had been missing, a flood of well-wishers had brought dog toys and treats for Kina. They are full to overflowing the dining-room table! Woof! Kina’s favorite gift seems to be the extra-big, extra-soft red doggie bed she received. She is recovering very nicely on it.
You can follow her progress on the Greenwood Police site on Facebook. The department is gratified by all the support for all the officers involved, including Kina.
God Bless Our Service Dogs!
A Go Fund Me site has been started for Kina, to pay for her vet bills, a GPS unit so she can be tracked, and money to fix and upgrade her K-9 unit car, that was badly damaged. The Greenwood police department is so grateful for the outpouring of support and compassion not only for Kina, but for the officer that was lost in the gun battle.
*pictures courtesy Channel 5 TV news KXNW
I just wanted to add a note here. The unique and strong bond between this officer and his K-9 partner is not unusual, it is the norm. Lately, in the news there has been a large number of K-9 officers that have died in the line of duty not by being shot or stabbed, or even a contract put out on them by drug lords, but negligence by a few officers that have left their partner in the back of a police car to overheat, and a lack of education of heat stroke with others who overworked the K-9 to the point of prostration.
But those incidents are not the norm. By publishing them, we hope to draw attention to those unnecessary deaths, till every K-9 officer receives the love and devotion Kina lives with, along with her other K-9 officers throughout the nation that help keep us safe.
August 1, 2016~ Hello! If you loved our posts on Wix, I know that you will enjoy them here on WordPress. A little back-round to our story sure won’t hurt! In September of 2000, I lea…
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August 1, 2016~
Hello! If you loved our posts on Wix, I know that you will enjoy them here on WordPress. A little back-round to our story sure won’t hurt! In September of 2000, I learned after a five-year search that I did indeed have Multiple Sclerosis, MS as it is commonly called.
I didn’t think very much more about it, till in 2004, while working as a nurse at a local hospital, I had a Gran-mal (the big kind) seizure. After numerous CT’s and MRI’s my doctors decided to put me on anti-epileptic drugs. Great idea….but I’m not epileptic, so they didn’t work. All they did was sedate me like a zombie. I didn’t feel like “Lisa” anymore. I was just existing.
At that point my epileptologist put me in a hospital hooked up to all sorts of wires and cables, and slowly, very slowly over the course of seven days, he weaned me off of my anti-epileptics. And they did…it was like a re-birth. Even though I still had the seizures to contend with, it was wonderful being “me” again! For the second time, my husband wept…first when I was diagnosed, and secondly when I ‘came back to myself’ after so many months of being a ‘zombie’.
The plan was for me to ‘rehabilitate’ my brain, much like someone who has had a terrible insult to their brain, like a stroke patient or someone who has had a traumatic brain injury. We had discovered that I had ongoing brain damage from the MS to the optic nerve center of my brain. That is what was tripping off my seizures. Flashing lights, bright sunny days, flickering light through the trees, flashing light from the TV…these can and have all set me off! No anti-epileptic in the world would keep me from seizing. My doctor said to pick a brain exercise that fits me and do it every day.
So I did. I read, and read and read some more. All that reading morphed into my first, second, third and now fourth blog following! Little could I have imagined a bit over a year ago, that over a quarter million people would love and read my first blog. It’s very gratifying. All the reading and writing helped tremendously. I had less seizures, but I still had them. I finally made the painful decision not to work as a nurse out in the community anymore. I was working to pay my taxi-fare to the hospital, since now I couldn’t drive. I was offered a nurse consultant job working from home, and it was a perfect fit. I loved working at home as a nurse.
During this time, something magical occurred. I found the website for Canine Assistants. And my life was changed for the good…forever. My husband Bill and I discussed it and it seemed a great idea to have a service dog that might be able to assist with my mobility, and maybe even give me a ‘heads-up’ when I was about to seize, allowing me to get to a safe place, take my medication, and hopefully not seizure at all, or very little. I was accepted into the program. Now all I had to do was…wait.
During the scalding hot summer of 2006, I was working at home on the phone and computer as a telephone triage nurse. All of a sudden, I lost my core strength, my legs and arms turned to noodles. Luckily Bill was home and he carried me back to bed. It took a long time to recover from that relapse. I had home health coming out to give me steroids through my arm every day for a week. Finally, I turned the corner, and things started getting better. I could sit up better, but to be able to work, my employer offered the accommodation of being able to work off of a laptop at home from my very own bed! So that’s what I did. Bill and I also called Canine Assistants to let them know that I had a major change in my condition. They called a few days later to inform me that I would get my first dog~ Jet in the January class of 2007!
Down below is a picture of Jet and I when we were teamed up at the Canine Assistant’s farm in January 2007. You can see the Joy on both of our faces. It was a perfect match, perfect. I firmly believe that Jet was sent to me by a loving God who knows me more than I know myself. He knew that the best way to get me up and going, living life to the fullest, was to send me an angel in the form of a perfect little yellow dog. So that’s what he did.
Jet and I were teamed up January 2007. He died in my arms Good Friday, 2011. He wasn’t even six years old. We had been a team less than four years. He died of a rare form of oral cancer. The last year of his life we spent working as a team, because that’s what Jet wanted. I made him a promise. No hurt. When it got to that point, I was reassured that Jet would let me know. He did. He was on powerful pain medication ’round the clock the last year of his life, but he never hurt. I promised. And partners have one another’s backs, you know.
Jet did amazing things. The most amazing was being able to predict my seizures twenty minutes before they occurred. I was able to get to a safe place, take the medication from the doctor that he had prescribed, and many times I was able to thwart the seizure. I might feel ‘kinda gross the rest of the day~ but at least I wouldn’t seize! With that one thing, Jet opened back my world to me…in six months I could drive again. I was able to go swimming for therapy.
With Jet at my side, I never worried about tripping and falling, or not being able to get up again. He was able to keep me walking confidently. If I needed to get up, and couldn’t, Jet could get me up…He had over 100 commands. FREEDOM had four strong legs and a waggly tail!
My name is Lisa Vaught. You might know me from my maiden blog, at Wix. It has the same title as this one has and will reflect the same posts. Unfortunately, for whatever reason, Wix is having some issues supporting the amount of posts that my site has. Plus, it’s always been my intention to move my blog to here, so here I am.
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