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March 8, 2013 / philosophermouseofthehedge

SOS for Alpos.

Sadly, a common story.

He loves donuts, but can’t have them now.

Worked all his life.

No pension.

While protecting others, stabbed on the job.

Recovered and kept going.

Only to get old.

Alpos. Retired HPD officer bravely hoping someone's willing to stand with him

Alpos. Retired HPD officer bravely hoping someone’s willing to stand with him

But they took him in.

It’s hard to support an extra mouth on a policeman’s salary, but the family is determined.

Alpos earned his retirement home.

Once a valuable member of Houston Police Department’s K-9 pack.

Eager to earn his keep, Alpos protects the home and family of his former handler, Officer Greg Smith.

But he’s been stabbed again – cancer.

Recently Alpos was diagnosed and is being treated.

The vet bills are piling up.

The officer and his family are managing, but on his salary and with two boys to raise, it’s hard.

It’s not about just helping this one old dog. It’s about helping a police officer.

They both have spent their lives standing between the vulnerable and those who would harm them.

It could have been you or someone close to you.

If you can help. If you want to show support for law enforcement officers.

Say “Thanks for your service and sacrifices. Thanks for risking your life for others.”

Any money left over after vet bills are paid will be donated to rescue groups (Citizens for Animal Protection and the German Shepherd Rescue League)

If a local high school boy can ask everyone in the world to send him a dollar so he can go to that expensive college he wants to attend, then there’s nothing wrong with a police officer asking for a little help to heal the retired police dog that was his partner for so long.

Alpos' job description has changed, but he still takes it very seriously.

Alpos’ job description has changed, but he still takes it very seriously.

Watch the ch26 news VIDEO of Alpos with Officer Greg Smith, his wife, and their two sons.

“Alpos needs a little help from his friends”

“Friend” Alpos on his Facebook page created by not the family, but a fan.

Read more about his police work on HPD’s Facebook page or on this HPD blog  Alpos stays in touch with his old police buddies and graciously shows up at special events to help out when he can.

The vets are encouraging and say this cancer is treatable. He’s already had surgery.

Officer Smith says they will manage somehow.

Alpos is family.

They promise he can have donuts and Frosty Paws treats once he is off his special diet.

Spreading the word would be great.

Appreciate you pawsing,

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Listen guys, I'm a little busy over here, but hope you can help this veteran. It would mean a lot to all of us - gives us combat dogs the hope that won't just be tossed aside either.(Combat German Shepherd in doggles.)

Listen guys, I’m a little busy over here, but hope you can help this law enforcement K-9 retiree. Gives us combat dogs hope that people care and we’ll be taken care of, too.
(Combat German Shepherd in doggles.)


  1. PiedType / Mar 8 2013 6:55 pm

    What a handsome canine. I shudder to think what his medical bills must be, having just paid to have one tiny bump excised from my Annie’s ear and biopsied. And that was only for an initial diagnosis. Veterinary medicine can do do extraordinary things these days — at extraordinary cost. America’s skyrocketing health care costs affect all patients ..


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 8 2013 7:20 pm

      The vet bill goal is only $5,000.00 according to the officer. Response has apparently been good. They are assuring people any extra money will be handed over to rescue groups. Glad the local network picked up the story.
      You are right, costs for everything are way up. Best everyone/critter stay healthy and well.


  2. Bongo / Mar 8 2013 7:16 pm

    What a cool dog. Praying that Alpos gets all he needs to get back to health soon.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 8 2013 7:30 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Bongo – He’s bound to be energized by all the good wishes and attention. (Probably encourages his owners, too)


  3. The Hook / Mar 8 2013 7:19 pm

    You’ve inspired my first reblog, my friend.
    Thank you.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 8 2013 7:29 pm

      Very grateful for the assist. (Hope the Spring Break crowd shares the wealth with you…I can dream, right?) Thanks again, Hook


      • The Hook / Mar 8 2013 7:30 pm

        Thank you my friend, for reminding me just why we blog.


  4. fearlessleaderofthedumbasshorde / Mar 8 2013 7:28 pm

    As a Texan and a former Houstonian, I loudly say Thanks, Alpos for your service to your Community and the HPD. Man’s Best Friend & a 4 Legged Hero! The Bayou City is better off because of you.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 8 2013 7:42 pm

      Howdy – it’s rodeo, sorry it slipped out. Thanks for the kind words. We do what we can. Houston’s a big rough city. This officer and this dog have stood in harm’s way for us. Now time they ask for so little. Appreciate your visit (have visited your blog – never realized you were once tethered to Houston!)


  5. rumpydog / Mar 8 2013 7:58 pm

    I’ve shared this!


  6. robincoyle / Mar 8 2013 10:13 pm

    Awwwwwwww . . . so sad. I’m glad they think the cancer is treatable. What a handsome boy.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 9 2013 2:03 am

      Germans are so funny – there’s a great pix of Alpos sitting with a big Kong on his head. Looks like this pup landed in a good spot. Thanks for wagging a comment over this way


  7. writingfeemail / Mar 8 2013 10:17 pm

    It doesn’t take much for vet bills to mount. Our old girl is on bladder medication and arthritis meds. She’s had a rough month but as the weather is warming, she is doing better. Caring for our elderly or infirmed, be it two or four legged, is a must!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 9 2013 2:05 am

      Oh you really do need a puddle of warm sunshine – lounging in the sun makes everyone feel better. Give that pup a pet and hope you all have a nice weekend.


  8. robstroud / Mar 8 2013 11:44 pm

    I’m a volunteer chaplain with our county Sheriff’s Office and we just retired one of our K-9s. Impressive ceremony and well deserved. These dogs risk their lives protecting citizens, and (as in many agencies) they get to live with their handlers’ families. I’m sure he’ll be a bit bored in his retirement, but much-loved.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 9 2013 2:11 am

      I watched Sergeant Rex’s retirement on-line – those ceremonies are very moving. Such wonderful canine soldiers. Service dogs are so unappreciated – they work tirelessly yet are almost invisible to the public. From what I’ve seen, Alpos fits right in ( with 2 boys to adore him. Can’t get much better…well, it will be better when he’s able to snack on donuts again – hope that’s soon)
      Thanks so much for adding to the conversation


  9. EllaDee / Mar 9 2013 8:45 am

    You bring up a good point. The retired K-9’s or their owners especially handlers, should at least receive a little pension or pay out for a heroic job well done. I’m glad now the word is out the financial as well as medical prognosis will be a good one 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 10 2013 3:49 pm

      Sure there would be complaints about dog pensions. We found out many police and military dogs have medical issues when they retire due to their stressful dangerous occupations. (and shepherds may have hip problems) Thank goodness many will willingly adopt them anyway. Alpos is certainly well cared for – they raised enough money to pay the vet bills and are very grateful.
      Thanks for kenneling here for a bit


  10. jannatwrites / Mar 10 2013 4:23 am

    It doesn’t seem fair that Alpos doesn’t get any pension. I’m glad the family is holding their own with the bills, but I do hope the word will spread and they will get much-needed assistance.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 10 2013 4:08 pm

      Some people don’t see anything wrong with tossing animals aside when they are old and inconvenient, I guess. Good news is that by 9 pm enough money was donated to pay Alpos bills. The family was surprised and very grateful people cared. The TV station deserves a big bit of applause, too. Thanks for tuning in!


  11. Vikki Thompson / Mar 11 2013 9:18 am

    Will definitely share honey xx


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 11 2013 2:30 pm

      Thanks for the assist. Alpos owner says they think they have enough for the cancer treatment but he assures everyone that any money left will go to help shelter/rescue animals. The family is amazed that so many people care enough to help. Sort of renews your faith in humans. Thanks so much for helping – it makes a difference.



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