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January 30, 2019 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Officer crown! Officer crown!

Houston police K9 T-Rex asking for civilian assist (image from Twitter K9 T-Rex)

Houston police K9 T-Rex. (image: K9 T-Rex Twitter)

“Calling all carbs in charge – I gave them a bite for you, now requesting a byte for me. I’m THE good dog and I want the treats to win.

What do I have to do?

I’ve pawed up the city streets to give chase and keep my handler safe. No complaints.  Doin’ a Patrol (only a bit of slobber on the car seat back – that’s enthusiasm for you), SWAT, AND Explosives since 2015, I’m credited with hundreds of captures.

Oh, all the nominees are brave and deserving, so how to stand up among them…

Sad soulful eyes – don’t turn away! Get the handkerchiefs ready!

Fair? All’s fair in love and contests: you gotta use what you’ve got…

Do not click over my Twitter yet to see what I’m like now! Noooo. Sit. Stay with me!

OK Staff, I’ve got them leashed, now over to you to capture their vote. “

During December, 2018 K9 T-Rex was diagnosed with bone cancer in his rear left leg. His A&M oncology Vet recommended T-Rex have his left rear leg amputated surgery to remove the cancer by January 11th 2019.

HPD set a date for Rex’s retirement from patrol duty and reassignment after recovery.

“These dogs are like your children,” T-Rex’s handler, Officer Paul Foster said. “You spend every day with your dog, and you worry about them hurting themselves.”

But on Dec 31, the last day of night duty, disaster:

There was a cell phone burglary by three men and T-Rex was hot on the trail of one of the men, chasing him through a neighborhood and leaping over chain link fences.

“When T-Rex attempted to clear one high piece of fence, a section of the metal bars sliced open the tissue on his abdomen. Despite the injury, T-Rex continued to chase after the man until the suspect was trapped on the roof of a house and apprehended some 30-40 minutes later.( news story here.)

T-Rex required more than 40 stitches and staples along his tummy, but the leg adjacent to his laceration – which is not the leg where the cancer was spotted – was not significantly affected”.

“My focus was on getting T-Rex better,” Foster said. “It’s been miserable for him wearing that ‘cone of shame.’ He is so high-energy and ‘go go go,’ and slowing him down (to heal) has been our biggest obstacle.”

Don’t give him the cold shoulder – he’s shouldered so much. 

Here. Look at that face.

Lose a leg or lose your life. Far less complicated for dogs. 

Besides his new gait comes with some benefits:

  • He’s now an inside dog. Couch privileges! With plenty of cuddle time with his handler’s daughter.
  • People send him special Back the Blue blankets and therapeutic beds
  • And not stuck in a HPD desk job, either. T-Rex, trained as an explosive detection dog, gets to attend all major sports and city events. T-Rex also serves as a community outreach partner – more kids!
  • “Houston K9 officer loses leg but gains new lease on life” (From the university/vets who cared for T-Rex. Great interview.)

Want to see T-Rex up and running 3 days after his operation? Smiles here:

“Houston Police K9 officer T-Rex nominated for K9 of the Year” 

Top 10 K9 of the Year Nominations for K9s of Valor Award – here.

The winner not only gets barking rights, but also is awarded a grant for equipment and supplies.

  • You can vote for as many of the Top K9s as you would like but only one vote for each K9, per day.
  • You must confirm your email address, but only need to do this once.
  • Click on the picture to read about each K9 going above and beyond then cast your vote!

Voting closes Feb. 4, 2019.

Click here to see T-Rex’s page and to vote for this brave K9 officer


  1. 1bl0gr3ad3r / Jan 30 2019 12:59 pm

    Signed in and voted– T-Rex deserves a big win! As do they all, but restricting my vote to this dedicated officer. Thanks for sharing this opportunity to give back– sure Molly gives her paw of approval, too 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 31 2019 8:08 am

      Voting between that pack is like going into the dog shelter and they are all so eager to be yours. Cheers for them all. Even RC Cat is full meow for T-Rex.
      Thanks for clicking over to vote


  2. Kate Crimmins / Jan 30 2019 1:08 pm

    Awww… 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 31 2019 7:58 am

      Only thing better than a good dog is a bunch of good dogs! Thanks for tossing a comment tennis ball

      Liked by 1 person

      • Kate Crimmins / Jan 31 2019 11:21 am

        Tried to vote again but I have to wait an hour!

        Liked by 1 person

        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 31 2019 11:46 am

          Had to twiddle thumbs here, too…so looking at warmer weather picture trying to stay awake. I know people are worried about keeping their houses warm in terrible cold, but constant dreary rain drags on you, too…especially when having to drag a reluctant dog out in it. (gads, we get stuck inside all summer with the heat, being unable to get out in the all the other seasons seems totally cruel.) Thanks for wandering this trail

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          • Kate Crimmins / Jan 31 2019 1:05 pm

            We had dreary weather most of the fall so I can relate to that too.

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          • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 31 2019 1:41 pm

            Don’t dare complain about the rain for fear Mother Nature will say “Be careful what you wish for” and send us drought for summer.
            So will amble through computer pages of travel ideas and wait…with a new front door, we need new porch lights…a new mat…the bench is looking shabby…
            rain better stop or we’ll be broke HAHA

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  3. shoreacres / Jan 30 2019 2:41 pm

    What a story. I confess i don’t often get involved in these voting thingies, but T-Rex deserves to win. I’ll do my part.


    • shoreacres / Jan 30 2019 3:02 pm

      By the way: I was coming home from Houston Yacht Club today and saw a new notice on the 146 electronic sign. It said, “Bridge boat ramp closing February 13.” I checked the website when I got home, and found this:

      “Construction Phase 1 – Construction will begin on February 13, 2019.
      This phase will widen the existing northbound Clear Creek bridge and build a new northbound frontage road in Seabrook (18 months duration*)”

      Ready or not, here it comes!

      Liked by 1 person

      • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 31 2019 7:57 am

        Nothing like both ways north being a parking lot. The 5 corners has been log jammed for several days – “construction” has alternate lanes shut. Fun! Guess we’ll have to get a boat just for transportation? HAHA


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 31 2019 8:04 am

      Couldn’t pass this one by. Talk about a dog with a positive attitude.
      Dog react to hardships differently than humans. They just wake up and go “Oh, this is what today is like and move on. It is what it is.” Sounds like pretty advanced thinking. Thanks for standing with T-Rex.


  4. LordBeariOfBow / Jan 30 2019 9:09 pm

    After reading and following all the links, I could not vote for K9 not because he doesn’t deserve the award but because they all do, must admit the computer screen was looking a bit misty.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 31 2019 7:55 am

      They are all above the bar. (Work, it T-Rex. Put up those big eyes!)
      The Award didn’t much but the recognition and honor is. You could vote for a different dog each day – That would be a big paws up.
      Thanks for leashing a comment here

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Ally Bean / Jan 31 2019 8:35 am

    I’m sure this doggy deserves the official award, but for him I suspect that couch privileges are the best reward ever.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 31 2019 11:19 am

      No doubt he’s enjoying all the hugs by the family indoors now. A new K9 partner has his old digs outdoors (handlers get a a specialized kennel for police dogs….Molly is a bit envious…but she’d insist on a pet door so she could get to the couch, too…)
      Thanks fro smiling along

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