Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Let Me Give You A Peek At True Loyalty..... Yea?

So My last post really drew some tears,well Im sure it upset most SA people as they have born the brunt of the chaos that is SA crime.... lets not forget those brave NYPD souls that clambered up those stairs of the towers.... I love the yanks, no I really do, they are rather loud , but would you not be? I mean they are just sooooo (scuse my tongue here) FUCKING PROUD AND LOVE THERE FLAG.. we are just jelous, go on admit it.....

Any way back to my heading.....I got a mail from a fellow blogger and she just got me yacking of my police days, so I thought that I would post this........

Let me take you to a place that is just so awesome, In this place I am going to introduce you to the most wonderful friend I have ever ever ever ever had.... he aint here any more at my side right now but you better believe he has that tongue out and that tail is wagging, he is in my heart every day and every second..... Oh yes he really is..... Shadow say hello to all these wonderful bloggers, bloggers say hello to the bestest friend ever.

It was a rather icy day a long time ago and I had just arrived at the Police Dog School, we were taken to the pup area and told to go in two's (there are only six of us potential handlers in a class, only two classes a year, so its pretty serious)

I walk on into the "Den" get a growl from the mum, she was just saying " Slowly boys I have a basket full of future crime fighters in there"

I walked in and there they were , all but six weeks, the most gorgeous German Shepherd pups, all excited, they just wanted loves and kisses.... we were then told to choose, we were reminded to choose with our hearts, later on in our careers we will thank our hearts.... so I really did and there was this really grumpy pup, he had spots on his tongue, was odd, but hey he just looked really angry with every one in his "Den".... so that was the one..... In my life I now had a "Shadow" I just named him there and then ..... you may ask why Shadow? Well he was just soooooooo mystical and shadowy.

Time passed and over the 18 months we trained very hard together, we were so happy, we had some tough days but the good was all that we held onto together.... Shadow was just born to fight crime, its as though he knew what we were doing, and he loved it!

We passed and were both posted to the JHB unit.... oh dear talk of the hornets nest...... Now most dont see many dog unit cars in the suburbs, thats really easy to explain, we were where all the action was and that as in town or Alex, Tembisa and sometimes Soweto ( I was a handler after the new government came into power and loved the new way we were headed in SA, until te crime and cop killings gripped this country)

Time went on and we were great together..... boy we had some good ones... after he had tackeled suspects on the chase he had that look in his eyes, tongue panting and the eye brows all scrunched as I put him back in the car and escorted the suspect to an awaiting car... he would almost say... "you Check that one huuh, hooooo that was the bomb, whos your daddy? We worked every day together, we went home together... we had a bond that not many people can understand (try working with your dog and living with him, its special I tell you,a bond that cannot be broken for love or money)

We also had some close shaves together, we were tracking a hijacked BMW and got ambushed in an alley in Alex ( a crime infested area full of gangesters) well I got taken down with a shotgun and Shadow got really hurt that night, he took an AK-47 round in the right flank, we abandoned our car, Big B (my partner for four years) got taken in the right arm. We instictevely decided to blast our way out and hump it on foot back to the police station in the area, we calculated that it would take a good 30 minutes at full tilt (running) I was carrying shadow as he was just not looking good.

Big B and I split up to reduce the risk of the chase.. yea ever heard of the cops being chased, well we were, the fight was one, they wanted our blood( IN SA it was a prize to kill a cop, a dog handler was gold)

Shadow was in a bad state, i could just not stop his bleeding and I was losing so much blood, I felt like this was it, I had to really find a quit place i still dont dont know why today but I just wanted a quit place, i think it was my mind just saying go out quitly, we stopped and went into the river, I dug us into the embankment and waited out, the gangsters gave up and left.... We were in a shit state.... I knew that back up was on the way... I had to key my mike (walkie Talkie)over and over, i could talk, I just could not... I just had too, luckily the locals knew I was in shit and actually called the local station.....

I just remember shadow bleeding out, I was so sad, yet he just kept licking my hand cleaning the blood, he knew I was down and out, he knew that I was sorry for doing this to him....... Umm this is really hard.... I just saw those eyes that loved me so much! He didnt judge me he just kept looking at me... you know what, that was all he needed... he was my loyal friend that saw me as his lifetime partner and thats all!

We both made it...... Three weeks later I left the police, it was just maddness, my family was getting hurt and my girlfriend ( whom I am still with today and might I add was the one who got me through all the nonsense, Im successful today with my own business, that was her, she showed me that I can do it and she loved shadow) was a wreck... Shadow came home with me.....We would continue our friendship at home together...

We both built our "den" and we had fun for four years after that horrible night, he stll groaned when he layed to rest.... but did it with smile.

Time went on and one misty morning he did not wake next to my bed where he slept from the day I chose him.... Fuck I cannot explain to you how hard it was for years.... I cried every day... god it was just sooo hard, I was so angry with God, he had ripped my gaurdian angel away, why the fuck did he do this to me? Not me I was good was I not? Why just at 10 years why not give me him back just for another three years thats all?

Today he is under the favourite tree......The day we layed him to rest my whole Dog Unit of past came and paid there respects, we gave him the full military hounours.... he is in my soul, he is in my heart......

Today people ask my girlfriend how I did it... she replies simply.... "Cookie Monster had Shadow"

In the Dog unit we had the following dream and I still believe it.... when our best friends (our Dogs) passed on they would go to Rainbow bridge. They would wait there. Until that special day when we passed we would go and fetch them and go to heaven together.......

Shadow I love you and will forever.. I miss you.. I can still smell you, I can still hear you howling at the moon, I can still feel you waking me every morning, I can still see your eyes telling me its okay, I still feel you in my heart!

You are our hero, you gave every thing to our country.... Man has no idea of loyalty, but you gave me a glimpse that one cold night in the river.... and it was so PURE!

See you at rainbow bridge Shadow, I cant wait!


Blogger Dawn said...

How fortunate you are to have experienced this kind of love in the midst of the horrors you faced. Bless you and of course, Bless Shadow. xox

19 October, 2006 00:26  
Blogger Carmel said...

Awww that was wonderful! The loyalty is amazing isn't it?
Thanks for sharing that.

19 October, 2006 00:50  
Blogger Shortypam said...

ok that reduced me to tears... that was a truly beautiful post cooks.

19 October, 2006 08:46  
Blogger Katt said...

Look what you've done now! You've made me cry.

One day I came home from a long stint in town. As I drove up the road to our house I saw Merlin, our pointer jumping up and down to peer over the long grass to see if it was in fact me. When I got to him he was beside himself with happiness to see me. I remember thinking "Who needs human love when you've got this?"

Animal love is probably the only truly unconditional love.

19 October, 2006 11:23  
Blogger Champagne Heathen said...

Cooks, that is a gorgeous gorgeous posting and story.
It's made me go very quiet and melancholy so I'll stop typing here, and always send you a virtual hug.

19 October, 2006 12:20  
Blogger Cookie Monster said...

Hi Dawn... I was fortunate and must say that when you know that deep love it changes you...

Carmel.. Welcome back... Loyalty is the mast of life... we as humans have no idea... we have lost the instinct to love unconditionally.

Hey Porns.... sorry I made ya cry but i do so hope they were happy tears... im happy today, I miss him so much but at least I had him.

Hey there kitty.... Thats the point how on earth do you leave home for five minutes return and your dog is just tottally happy like you have been gone for years.... they see us as the pack and the pack is there life!

Hey there Champs, loved your post of that horrid man.... dont go quite it was an experience that I had and if I had to chosse to do it gain I would... you may say Im mad, but to just have a glimpse at the pure meaning of loyalty that Shadow let me see was the most spiritual event I have ever experienced!

One more thing guys is that the only reason I got my buddy to come home with me when I threw in the towel was that his loyalty and the bond was too strong, the high ranks knew he would die without us being together, the letter of release read

" The state has no use of the canine and recommends either destroying or release to member"

Nice one jimmys with stars on your shoulders, he was a policeman for fuck sakes!

Today I do not have a dog and will probabaly never have again, its like i lost my son... I have my two beautiful cats though and love em sooo much! If I know Shadow he is probably patrolling rainbow bridge as we speak... hee hee

19 October, 2006 13:06  
Blogger Dave said...

Wow, that was fantastic, truly great post. I wish my grandmother had email as I'd send it to her in Joburg. She has had German shepards her whole life and has been a serious dog trainer for as long as I remember. Her dogs are more important to her than her grandchildren, well not REALLY, but almost!! She would have loved your story.

I really think its remarkable what the dog unit does in SA, such little pay, so much dediction, training, guts etc!

PS: Totally agree with you about the USA!!

19 October, 2006 15:20  
Blogger Spy Gal said...

"Not the least hard thing to bear when
they go from us, these quiet friends,
is that they carry away with them so
many years of our lives. Yet, if they
find warmth therein, who would
begrudge them those years that they
have so guarded?
And whatever they take,
be sure they have deserved."

--- John Galsworthy

~~What a touching post and a heartfelt tribute to shadow.

19 October, 2006 15:39  
Blogger Miss 1999 said...

That was so beautiful, and so sad. I'm glad you were able to have such a loyal, wonderful companion, but so sad to hear of his loss :0(

19 October, 2006 19:08  
Blogger NMOTB said...

Where are the tissues? Thanks for making me cry!! Amazing, a bloody mazing story and thanks for sharing it! :-)

19 October, 2006 21:52  
Anonymous ShutterJane said...

AWSOME post.. next time, post some tissues with it !!!

20 October, 2006 08:14  
Blogger Phats said...

Wow this story was so sad yet so amazing. Thanks for sharing it. Dogs are awesome, and can get you thru a ton of bad stuff that happens.

20 October, 2006 08:34  
Blogger Cookie Monster said...

Hey There Dave, thanks for the visit and Im glad you liked, I always will remeber a lady in Midrand that was totally GS mad, she had kennels for roaming GS and she trained them, I wonder was that your Mum?

Awwwwww Spy Gaaaaal.... That was very beautiful, thank you.

Miss 1999... Howdy... thanks for that, yep It was loss, but having knowing him was a gift!

NMOTB... hope you well, you were amiss for a while.... sorry you cried
didnt mean to make you cry....

Hello Shutterjane... glad you visited... posting tissues could be hard.. I will try next time or even better yet show me how?

Hello Agian Phats.. hope the Football is going good..thats tue dogs help us through everything, I mean they have dogs trained today to detect cancer and so forth... pretty awesome.

20 October, 2006 12:07  
Blogger angel said...

oh great- now i'm bawling my eyes out! the whole roccoon look really doesn't do it for me! what a fabulous relationship to have been a part of!

21 October, 2006 13:21  
Blogger Dawn said...

Hey Dude - just came by to choon 'howzeet!'

23 October, 2006 21:42  
Blogger VErge said...

I really enjoyed your post. Very cool.

24 October, 2006 14:33  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey there Angel.... im sorry well te racoon look does pass you as a ACDC fan, right?

Hey there Verge, glad you enjoyed it see ya soon.

24 October, 2006 20:17  
Blogger angel said...

acdc indeed doll... for many long years now! my favourite album? "back in black"...

24 October, 2006 20:25  
Blogger mcBlogger said...

I love dogs...absolutely love them. My father has always had a german sheppard, and they were always so loyal and wondeful pets. I have to go wipe the tear from my eye now..

27 October, 2006 16:27  
Blogger Dawn said...

Another pop in to say 'howzit!' Everything ok?

27 October, 2006 18:51  
Blogger NMOTB said...

Hey there Cooks!!! You have been so quiet latley!!! Hope all is well your end of the world? Take Care!

31 October, 2006 12:22  
Anonymous Katt said...

PS: Consider yourself tagged! You will have to visit The Katt Box to find out more.

01 November, 2006 12:17  
Blogger Cinderella said...

Yeah, where are you? I hope everything is well with you. It seems like everytime I link someone they vanish into bloggerland *Insert twilight zone music*

05 November, 2006 19:03  

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