Vet Tech Students Help Keep K-9 Poseidon Safe

Do you know what a cellphone smells like? Probably not, but you aren’t trained to sniff them out like Milwaukee House of Correction K-9 officer Poseidon. Poseidon is one of two Milwaukee House of Correction K-9 officers who are trained to sniff out cell phones. Don’t worry, they won’t steal your cell phone from you. They only search them out when they are specifically commanded.

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Donna Morgan from Wisconsin Vest-a-Dog presents Poseidon and his handler, Officer Gainer, with the bullet- and stab-proof vest.

Poseidon is one of nine K-9 officers at the Milwaukee House of Correction and the newest canine officer to receive a ballistics vest thanks to the veterinary technology students at Globe University-Madison East.

Last quarter, the veterinary technology students planned and organized a pet adoption and fundraising event on campus called Adopt Around the Globe. This event helped the students collect over $1,200 for Wisconsin Vest-a-Dog, a nonprofit organization which provides bullet- and stab-proof vests for police dogs around Wisconsin. With that money, Wisconsin Vest-a-Dog was able to purchase vest for Poseidon and put some money towards a vest for another dog as well.

Madison East students and staff recently presented Poseidon and Milwaukee House of Correction Officers Mike Smith, Jeremie Gainer and Lance Tardiff with the bullet- and stab-proof vest when they visited campus. Poseidon and Fax, another K-9 from the Milwaukee House of Correction, demonstrated their narcotics search abilities as well as attacks and basic commands. Since all of the K-9 officers the Milwaukee House of Correction receive come from Germany, all of the commands are in German.

Officer Tardiff, Poseidon,

Poseidon demonstrates his attacks skills with Officer Tardiff.

“The human-animal bond is something we teach our students about in the veterinary technology program,” said Veterinary Technology Program Chair Heather Wipijewski. “The bond between a handler and his K-9 officer is an amazing example of this bond. The K-9 officers are there to protect people and their handlers rely on them for their safety. We chose Wisconsin Vest-a-Dog to help ensure these K-9s stay safe. It was a great honor to have the Milwaukee House of Correction officers on campus so we could present Poseidon with his vest and have the students witness the amazing work they do.”

Milwaukee County House of Correction Canine Unit Officers Mike Smith and Jeremie Gainer were very appreciative of the vest saying, “The Milwaukee County House of Correction would like to thank the staff, students and faculty of Globe University for the time and effort put into raising money for Poseidon’s vest. The peace of mind that the vest provides our partners has no price tag. So again, our collective thanks in providing K-9 Poseidon with that amazing gift.”