Seattle Police Department bomb dog retiring after cancer diagnosis

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KOMO News reported that a bomb dog in the Seattle Police Department’s K9 Unit is retiring after being diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Officer Craig Williamson and Dennis developed a strong bond during their 6 years together. Photo from KOMO News.

Officer Craig Williamson and Dennis developed a strong bond during their 6 years together. Photo from KOMO News.

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 strong that Officer Williamson is also retiring from the K9 Unit becauseĀ “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.”


  1. Deepa says

    Can someone ask Mr.Shulman or Officer Williamson to start a GoFundMe page for Dennis ? and post it here ?


    • says

      I don’t have that information. Most police officers don’t want their home address publicized. You should contact the Seattle Police Dept. to find out the best way to contribute or contact the man in the story who is raising money at his store. Thanks for your generosity.

  2. says

    There is a Retired Seattle Police Canine Fund, a 501(c)(3) registered non-profit corporation with the State of Washington. Once a dog retires the medical and maintenance costs become responsibility of the handler. The dogs generally live with their handlers the rest of their lives, but when they are no longer able to serve the public, tax payer’s money no longer goes to their care.

    If you wish to help with Dennis’ chemotherapy and medical costs, you can specify that your donation should go to him first if needed.

    You can contact us at if you have any questions.

    Thank you!

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