K-9 Jake was the son of K-9 Ido, one of GRPD’s first police dogs when the unit was expanded in the late 1990’s. K-9 Jake was raised as a puppy at the Mathis house and began training for police dog tasks when he was only a couple months old. He was donated to the GRPD when he reached 18 months of age.
K-9 Jake worked at GRPD from 2007-2012. During his tenure he assisted in the arrest and conviction of four bank robbery suspects in five different bank robberies. He was a very social dog and was a great learning tool for second graders city wide in the GRPD’s unique dog safety education program. K-9 Jake was equally valued at work and home.
K-9 Jake loved to “click” his teeth together, would chase a ball incessantly, and played a mean game of Frisbee. In his retirement years he did a lot of swimming, ran through the woods daily, and played with his buddy Ranger the Viszla.
K-9 Jake was be buried next to his father at a small memorial service at Noah’s (Pet Cemetery) in August. Noah’s has been a long-time supporter of the GRPD Dogs and maintains a memorial and special burial area for our dogs.
The GRPD Canine Unit Foundation was proud to assist with K-9 Jake's medical costs during his retirement years, including costs incurred for a very serious intestinal health scare that nearly killed him two years ago.
Please check our links page and see full details of K-9 Jake's retired life, death, and funeral in the FOX-17 story "Paws Before Boots - Part 3"