I am, at best, in a position of cautious opposition toward police dogs. On the one hand, petting them is the best part of being arrested. On the other hand, the tackle and the teeth after following through on a dare to sprint away from a K9 unit at a stadium while wearing a backpack full of Kibbles ‘n Bits and dog treats is pretty painful. Still, in the end, you gotta respect the players but hate the game.
That’s why I’m pouring some out to mark the passing of Odin, the oldest and most accomplished K9 in the UW-Madison police force.
With heavy hearts, the UW-Madison Police Department is sad to announce the passing of K9 Odin, the department’s eldest active K9 officer. Odin was nine years old.
Odin was transported from his home to Memorial Pet Services via police processional – thank you to the many state and local first responders who took part in the procession and paid tribute. Odin’s remains will be buried at a later date alongside past UWPD K9s Mosley and Rex.
According to the press release, Odin was a very accomplished police dog that protected “presidents, vice presidents, cabinet members, governors, first ladies, presidential candidates, heads of state, (and) His Holiness the Dalai Lama,” which is amazing since why the hell any of these people went up to UW-Madison I have no idea. The press release also makes a note that Odin was one of the only police dogs in the country to have sniffed out an actual, live explosive device while on duty. If all that doesn’t make for a good boy, I don’t know what does.
Farewell, Odin. He’s sniffing for treats in Valhalla now..
Image via UWPD