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K9 Companion for Family of Fallen Officer: The Thin Blue Line Dog Project

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Danny McWilliams of EasTex K9 Dog Training LLC has had the honor of working thousands of hours with four-legged furry companions over the years. He has had the great fortune of being a veterinarian technician, caring for dogs at some of their worst moments, assisting vets with exams and surgeries, and then working for many years with a Police K-9 Unit before becoming a K-9 Handler himself. In that line of work, he saw a need for structured, consistent training, and coordinated K-9 dog teams in narcotics detection, tracking, and apprehension. He now has the opportunity to train family pets in Anahuac, Texas, making the relationship between dog and owner a happy and healthy one. But, where possible, he also steps up for special projects, ensuring that dogs get paired with families that need them most.

K9 Companion for Family of Fallen Officer: The Thin Blue Line Dog Project

Photo: Facebook/EasTex K9

On November 21, McWilliams’ Facebook page posted on one such special project called The Thin Blue Line Dog Project in which the Edwards family, located in the state of Michigan, would be receiving a companion dog. He identified that Preston, the dog in question, would be traveling to Michigan to join this family, whose father/husband had made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty for the Taylor Police Department in 2010. McWilliams has trained Preston for the period of approximately nine months in order to guarantee the right fit of dog to the family. To ensure safe transport and proper family introductions, McWilliams will be traveling with the dog and be helping Preston transition into the companion role he’ll fill. To do so at no cost to the family, a YouCaring crowdfunding page has been established for those that wish to make a heartfelt donation in any denomination. The link to the page can be found here.

K9 Companion for Family of Fallen Officer: The Thin Blue Line Dog Project

Photo: Facebook/EasTex K9

McWilliams’ focus is on training dogs to be a part of the family as opposed to a part of the backyard. He has long thought that if dogs could assist soldiers to cope with PTSD, they could also help a surviving family of a fallen officer. This was when The Thin Blue Line Dog Project concept was initially born. Training rescued Labrador Retrievers (or a similar breed), McWilliams will work to partner them with the surviving family of a fallen police officer as a companion dog. Collaborating with 10-7 Outdoors (a non-profit organization that provides hunting and fishing trips to children of fallen officers across the U.S.), EasTex K9 has been able to source the Edwards family as one of the first of such initiatives. And, it’s a project that they’re hoping will meet the needs of four to five families, in such a capacity, per year. If you would like to learn more about this opportunity, please contact Danny McWilliams at EasTex K9 directly by calling (281) 846-5003, or via email at [email protected] You can also check out the EasTex K9 Facebook page at the link provided here.