A Sacramento police officer’s call to his K9 partner on the morning of May 18 was met with “eerie silence.” Sgt. Joshua Dobson typically heard a “flurry of scrambling paws” when he asked his K9 partner, Ace, if he wanted to “go to work.” But on this morning, Sgt. Dobson heard nothing.
Sgt. Dobson wrote:
“As I looked at my partner he stared back at me but could not move. His eyes bright with desire, however his body just would not respond.”
Ace had been diagnosed with terminal hemangiosarcoma – before this particular morning, the cancer diagnosis had done little to slow the driven German shepherd down. Sgt. Dobson explained:
“In the months after his diagnosis Ace continued to engage and educate the public regarding police working dogs with appearances on Good Day Sacramento, The SPCA Doggy Dash, and our own K9 Comedy Night. Still a working crime-fighter Ace even deployed to assist patrol units and capture a burglar just weeks ago. Today he was on his way to use his nose to sniff out explosives to keep the community safe.”
Ace was partnered with Sgt. Dobson in 2014 and he quickly proved that he was a force to be reckoned with.
K9 Ace’s accomplishments
Ace quickly “rose through the ranks,” obtaining POST patrol qualifications, explosive detection expertise, and special training to deploy with the SWAT team. Sgt. Dobson stated, “In 2016, K9 Ace acted as an ambassador to the community being the face of our Inaugural “Run with the Cops & K9 5K. In 2017, K9 Ace and I survived two separate police shootings where was right by my side in each critical incident. His steadfast loyalty, courage, and later his cuddles helped me process these traumatic events.”
K9 Ace was more than just a working dog
Ace was not merely a working dog – he was part of Sgt. Dobson’s family. His handler wrote:
“Ace would entice you to play ball when you were feeling down and try hard to pretend to be a “lap dog” when you needed a snuggle. Some of my best memories are the moments of hilarity that would ensue by Ace’s antics off-duty with our friends and family. His drive to hunt for “lasers” was legendary!”
Ace was accompanied by his family when it was time for the final good- bye. Sgt. Dobson expressed gratitude for the time that he was able to share with his partner and “buddy,” Ace:
“Every day I had with Ace was a blessing. Police work is an extremely difficult profession and only getting harder by the day. Having Ace by my side has added energy, life, and love to my law enforcement career. For that I am eternally grateful and will never forget him.”
Remembering K9 Ace
Plans for a memorial for Ace are being made and will be announced in the near future.
Feel free to leave a message of condolence for Sgt. Dobson, and his family. For those that wish to send a card, the address is 550 Bercut Dr. Suite A Sacramento, Ca 95811
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