It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of one of our team members. Canine Kino died yesterday while with his handler and friend, Chuck Wong. For those of you who did not have the opportunity to watch Kino work, he was a fabulous Search Canine. Very fast, effective, and excited to work. A true joy to watch, and great demeanor.
Kino was born May 9, 2006. He passed his first CE just before turning three, in May 2009. Kino successfully passed three additional CEs. He was able to deploy and work at multiple deployments and exercises. He and Chuck also were able to demonstrate the amazing skills of our Canine Search Teams to countless groups, classes, and public events.
We find it personally fitting that Kino passed on September 11. I can imagine him now serving the 343 who perished on that day, as well those who have made the ultimate sacrifice since then. Kino can provide them comfort and joy, and demonstrate his superior US&R skills to an audience worthy of his company.
Mahalo nui loa Kino. 💙🇺🇸
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