Friday, February 6, 2015

Friday Furry Feature! Meet Joe and Neo (The K9 Police Dog!)

Happy furday Friday, friends! Welcome to the latest edition of Furry Friday Feature. Once a month on a Friday, I feature a furry four-legged runner and their favorite human.

This is an extra special Furry Feature! This is first professional dog we've ever featured! Neo is a K9 police dog.

Hi, Joe. Tell us a little bit about your favorite running partner.
Neo, my Police K9 partner at the Green Bay Police Department in Wisconsin, is a 6 year old, male, Belgian Malinois. He is a dual purpose Patrol Dog. He specializes in tracking, apprehending bad guys, and finding narcotics.
Where is your favorite place to run with your pooch?
There's a trail course, AKA the arboretum trail, at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, that's about 5 miles. It's beautiful!! We also like to take off out of our front door and run around our neighborhood. We have a 4, 5, 6.5, and 8 mile course that we use starting and ending at our house.

Have you ever raced with your dog? 
We have never been in an official race together. BUT, we have raced to some serious calls in our squad car while we were working!! Lights and sirens responses can be dangerous and sometimes, just seconds, can mean the difference between life and death.

Tell us about a running moment that made you proud.
I have a couple of runs that I like to remember. The first is when I ran the Bellin Run with my daughters. It's a 10k and was just a little more than they were ready for. Yet, we had a great time and still laugh from some of the memories. The second is finishing my first marathon. That was awesome!!!

What important running (or life) lesson can we learn from our dogs?
Don't pass up the scenery in life. Neo is always looking around and soaking up all the sites during our runs. His obedience is so good, we can run without a leash, although I don't do that very often. (From Lea: Maybe Neo could give Ollie some obedience training? Ha!)

Any parting thoughts?
Running with Neo keeps me on my toes, literally. He takes off so fast and his past pushes me to do my best to keep up with him. And we get home after our run, he has a little water and then reminds it's time to relax after a good run!!

You can follow Joe and Neo over on Instagram. Although Joe doesn't have a Facebook, he suggested we all follow his wife at Kario Fitness!

I'd love if you would leave a comment for Neo!

Have you missed any furry features? You can get caught up on past Furry Features here.

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  1. Keep up the good work, Neo and Joe! Get those bad guys!

  2. Nice to meet Neo and Joe doing great work in my old hometown!

    I noticed that Neo is not wearing a bullet/stab protective vest. Does he have one? I currently volunteer for Vested Interest in K9s which is an
    organization that raises money for protective vests for law enforcement K9s. If Neo doesn't already have a vest, please check out their website:


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