The Official Vermont Police Canine Association Blog
Festival of Fidos: A Benefit for Lacey’s Fund
Enjoy a day for the dogs at Basin Harbor Club in Vergennes, Vt. on Sunday, June 26th!
Schedule of Events:
- 7:30 | 5k Race Registration
- 8:30 | Kids Fun Run
- 8:00 | Dock Dog Fun Jump Registration
- 9:00 | 5K Run/3K Walk – 5K and 3K registration at the Soccer Field by The Red Mill
- 9:00 | Try Dock Dog Jumping!
- 10:00 | Festival Opens
- 10:20 | Registration for Iron Dog half closes
- 10:30 | Fido Friendly Cruise – please pick up your ticket at the Lacey’s Fund table, suggested donation $5 per person
- 10:30 | 5K Awards and Iron Dog ½ Begins
- 11:00 | Lunch Buffet opens on the North Dock
- 11:00 | Green Mountain Dock Dogs: Big Air Wave #1
- 11:30 | Intro to Agility with Gulliver’s Doggie Daycare
- 12:15 | K-9 Team Demo # 1
- 12:30 | Green Mountain Dock Dogs: Big Air Wave #2
- 1:00 | Agility Demo with Gulliver’s Doggie Daycare
- 1:45 | K-9 Team Demo # 2
- 2:00 | Green Mountain Dock Dogs: Big Air Wave #3
- (immediately after) Big Air Finals
All Day: Enjoy the Kid’s Area: face painting, jumpy house, knockerball, visit with vendors, swimming at Fanny’s Dog Beach (adjacent to the festival), maps and schedule of events available at the Lacey’s Fund tent.
To find out more about Lacey’s fund, click here.
Learn more about the event at The Basin Harbor Club’s website.
Dining to Donate
Bring your family and all your friends to the Texas Roadhouse – Williston, VT between 4:00-10:00 pm for dinner. Give our flyer to your server and 10% of your check will be donated to Lacey’s Fund to provide cancer treatment for retired K9 Quincy. We will have a 50/50 raffle and other raffle items! Come out and meet a few of the K9’s!
Please sign up at our Facebook Event page if you plan to participate.
Click the flyer below to download a PDF version to print and bring with you when you dine.
Thank you all for your support!
2014 VPCA Ball
This years VPCA Ball will be held November 1 at the Hilton Burlington starting at 6:00 PM. The event is open to everyone and tickets are $75 each which includes dinner, dancing and a door prize ticket.
Purchase tickets at our store on the VPCA Ball tickets tab above.
2014 Iron Dog
The 2014 Green Mountain Iron Dog will be Saturday September 27. Registration is now open!
You will find a few changes in the process. We now have two heats: The Iron Dog PRO heat is the competitive heat in the morning, with the rest of the pack running after our opening ceremonies around noon.
Details to follow regarding training opportunities and such.
Click here to register online: https://endurancecui.active.com/event-reg/select-race?e=5436054
Hope to see you there!
8th Annual K9 Classic Golf tournament
This year’s event will be held Friday, August 15th, 2014 at the beautiful Montague Golf Club in Randolph, Vermont.
This is a fund raiser for the Vermont Police Canine Association(VPCA).The VPCA is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to providing financial assistance and training to Police Service Dog Teams in Vermont and New Hampshire.
For more information download the flyer 2014 K9 golf flyer<
K9 Vest Fundraiser
Funding Bullet- and Stab-Proof Vests for Dogs
The Vested Interests in K9’s raised over $155,000 and is providing vests to 163 K9s across the country, including a number of K9’s from VT.
Thank you to those who donated and who shared the links with friends and family!
We will post pictures here of the VPCA K9’s with their new vests soon.
By Martha Slater
The Rochester E.X.C.E.L. afterschool program had a visit Monday from Vermont State Police Officer Bob Giolito and his canine partner, Officer Mitch. The kids, who have been studying wilderness survival, learned from Officers Giolito and Mitch how the police find missing persons using a combination of human tracking skills and the superior smelling power of the canine unit. (Herald / Tim Calabro) Many of the students in the ExCel after-school program at Rochester Elementary School were wiggling in their chairs with excitement Monday afternoon when Vermont State Trooper Bob Giolito and his K-9 unit partner, a German Shepherd named Mitch, visited the school with U.S. Forest Service law enforcement officer Mike Klingensmith. Klingensmith, who is stationed at the Green Mountain Forest Service office in Rochester, and also lives in town with his family, often works with Trooper Giolito and Mitch on search operations, and arranged for them to visit the school.
The students, who have been working on a unit about outdoor survival in cold weather, had lots of good questions for Trooper Giolito.
“What if more than one person gets lost?” they wanted to know.
He explained that Mitch can pick up and distinguish the scent of specific people, out of all the smells around him.
Asked if Mitch ever got lost, Giolito said that had actually happened the very first day he got him seven years ago.
“We hadn’t bonded yet, and when he got out of the car at my house, he dashed away after a deer. An hour later, I found him back in my yard.”
The two soon became a team, and Mitch makes his home with Giolito, who demonstrated many of the commands he uses to communicate with him, including saying “plotz,” the German word for sit, to get him to do so.
Ready to play the role of a “lost” person, so the kids could see the team in action, Klingensmith went outside to hide in the fields behind the school. Ten minutes later, the sun was setting behind the mountains across the river, when everyone headed out to find him.
Student Daron Gendron, who had been assigned the role of group leader, held an article of Klingensmith’s clothing for Mitch to sniff. Giolito and the dog headed across the field as Mitch had his nose to the ground, hot on the trail. Within a few minutes, Klingensmith was discovered at the far end of the field, hiding behind a large pile of dirt and rocks. Following the successful “rescue operation,” Giolito asked Gendron to recap the steps the team went through to find someone.
Giolito later explained that he and Mitch also do other types of work together, in addition to searching for people who are lost or for criminals who are hiding from authorities. The state police K-9 teams are tested once a year for their drugdetection skills and can distinguish between the smells of seven different kinds of narcotics.
This is the first K-9 dog Giolito has been paired with, and it was clear from watching them that they make a good team.
Keep a look out for the new VPCA canopy during the next few months at events around the state. We look forward to seeing you at Shelburne Museum Goes to the Dogs on Sunday, September 18 and at Iron Dog on Saturday, October 1!
We are proud to announce that our online store is now up and running! Just click on the “store” tab above our home page to access what we have to offer for you and your family. Please check back often as we post new items for you. Remember that all the proceeds go directly to supporting the K9’s and their handlers. Thank you for your support!
Here is a link Military K9 Tribute to a video honoring this country’s military K9’s and their handlers. Remember, freedom is not free!