KOMO News reported that a bomb dog in the Seattle Police Department’s K9 Unit is retiring after being diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Dennis, a happy, tail-wagging (is there any other kind?) yellow Labrador Retriever, has been in the K-9 Unit with his partner Offcer Craig Williamson for 6 years.
According to KOMO, the pair “has responded to more than 1,000 calls, searching for evidence in crimes involving firearms and explosives.”
In the video it’s easy to see the strong bond that has developed between Officer Williamson and Dennis. It’s so string that Officer Williamson is also retiring from the K9 Unit because “he could never work with another K9 partner.”
Not surprisingly, Dennis is popular in the community.
“Dennis is real sweet. He’s just a good dog and he’s nice,” said Steve Shulman who is the owner of Leschi Market. Shulman is raising money for Dennis’ chemotherapy treatments. He has over $1000 so far.
According to the vet Dennis has 6-12 months to live, and Officer Williamson plans to spend as much of it with Dennis as he can.
“He’s my life,” he told KOMO. “I’ll have to learn to know what to do without him.”