A Police Dog’s Life Is Not Too Ruff

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By Kevin Rice

As part of America’s Family Pet Expo, Officers Robert Lopez and Officer Brett Klevos visited Benito Juarez Elementary School Thursday to demonstrate and explain the capabilities of their highly trained four-legged partners.

More than 145 YMCA after-school children delighted in the exhibition.

“These German Shepherd’s are like highly trained athletes,” said Officer Lopez. “They train around 60 hours a week, can run at a top speed of 25 miles per hour and can jump a 6-7 foot wall.”

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Fabian Carrillo, 9, was excited about the demonstration, and “liked how the dogs got the bad guys.”

The German Shepherds are named Ares, 4, and Guenther, 5, lovingly nicknamed “Marmaduke,” thanks to his larger than normal size. They demonstrated their keen sense of smell when the officers had the K-9s perform drug-finding drills.

Katherine Espitia, 9, “enjoyed learning about how the dog trains to find hidden drugs.”

You can catch performances from Police K-9 units along with appearances from other animals at America’s Family Pet Expo, which is happening April 19-21 at the OC Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa.

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