On the Issues with Councilwoman Thelda Williams


[SHOW THEME MUSIC]>>WELCOME TO “ON THE ISSUES.” I’M COUNCILWOMAN
THELDA WILLIAMS. JOINING US TODAY IS FIRE CAPTAIN
ROBBY SIMPSON AND K9, SONNY. WELCOME TO THE SHOW.>>GOOD MORNING.>>TELL US ABOUT SONNY,
THE STAR. NO OFFENSE, OUR STAR.>>I GET IT EVERYWHERE I GO. SONNY IS AN ACCELERANT
DETECTION K9. HE’S A GOLDADOR, HALF GOLDEN
RETRIEVER, HALF YELLOW LAB. HE’S TWO AND A HALF YEARS OLD,
AND HE’S BEEN WITH THE CITY OF PHOENIX FOR ABOUT
TWO MONTHS NOW.>>TWO MONTHS?>>YES. I MET SONNY IN NEW HAMPSHIRE. I WENT BACK FOR A MONTH
OF TRAINING. SONNY HAD BEEN TRAINING ALREADY
ON ACCELERANTS FOR ABOUT THREE TO FOUR MONTHS, AND THEN WE
SPENT A MONTH TRAINING TOGETHER.>>HOW IS HE DOING?>>HE’S DOING GREAT. HIS FINDS IN THE FIELD HAVE TO
BE BACKED UP BY A LAB HERE IN PHOENIX. SO FAR, HIS RESULTS ARE
COMING BACK VERY HIGH. I’M PLEASED WITH HIM. AS A FIRE INVESTIGATOR, HE MAKES
OUR JOB MUCH MORE EASY. SOMETHING THAT COULD TAKE US
HOURS OR DAYS TO MAKE AN EDUCATED GUESS AS TO WHERE TO
COLLECT THE SAMPLE, HE CAN COMPLETE THAT TASK IN MINUTES.>>AMAZING.>>OH, IT’S AMAZING WHAT
HE FINDS, HOW HE FINDS IT.>>OKAY, SO WHEN THERE’S A FIRE,
DOES IT HAVE TO BE SUSPICIOUS FOR YOU TO TAKE HIM IN? OR IS IT ROUTINELY DONE?>>OUR FIRE INVESTIGATORS GO ON
ALL FIRES, ALL STRUCTURE FIRES, OR FIRES THAT HAVE SOME DEGREE
OF SUSPICION. THEN WHEN OUR INVESTIGATORS GET
THERE AND THEY SENSE SOMETHING THAT’S SUSPICIOUS,
THEN THEY WILL CALL US OUT.>>HOW HOT IS IT WHEN
HE GOES IN?>>TYPICALLY AT THAT POINT, THE
FIRE HAS BEEN EXTINGUISHED FOR HOURS, SOMETIMES A DAY.>>SO HOW LONG DOES IT REALLY
TAKE TO TRAIN HIM? OR TRAIN YOU, I’M NOT SURE. [LAUGHTER]>>HE TRAINS QUICKER AND EASIER
THAN I DO. THE HANDLER THAT GOT HIM HAD HIM
AND WORKED HIM FOR ABOUT THREE OR FOUR MONTHS
PRIOR TO OUR TRAINING. THEY START OFF WITH SIMPLE
TASKS, AND INTRODUCING THE DOG TO AN ACCELERANT. OUR METHOD OF TESTING IS JUST
50 PERCENT EVAPORATED GAS. SONNY IS TAUGHT THAT WHEN
HE SMELLS THAT ACCELERANT, HE’S TAUGHT TO SIT DOWN,
AND THEN HE’S A FOOD REWARD DOG. SO THEN HE EATS. THAT’S THE ONLY TIME SONNY EATS
IS WHEN HE’S WORKING. SO WE TRAIN FOUR TO
SIX TIMES A DAY. THEN, OBVIOUSLY, WHEN
WE’RE WORKING FIRES.>>I’M SORRY.>>YOU’RE FINE. HE’S VERY SOCIAL. HE’S NEVER MET A STRANGER.>>YOU ARE SO SWEET, YES. SO HOW DO THEY GET SELECTED TO
GET TRAINED FOR THIS?>>SONNY INITIALLY STARTED AS
A HANDICAPPED SERVICE DOG. HE WAS RE-CAREERED. HE DIDN’T CUT IT IN THE
HANDICAPPED SERVICE INDUSTRY. HE OCCASIONALLY GETS EXCITED
ABOUT SOMETHING, AND HE PULLS. MY SUSPICION IS THAT’S WHY
HE DIDN’T MAKE THE CUT.>>HE SAW A LIZARD.>>HE SAW A LIZARD. OR BACK EAST, THEY HAVE
CHIPMUNKS, A LOT OF BIRDS.>>COULD BE A LITTLE
HANDICAPPED –>>THAT WOULD BE DIFFICULT
FOR A HANDICAPPED PERSON. SO HE WAS WITH PAWS WITH A CAUSE
IN MICHIGAN. MAINE SPECIALTY DOGS IS
WHO TRAINED HIM. THEY HAVE PEOPLE THAT THEY
NETWORK WITH, SO WHEN THOSE HANDICAPPED INDUSTRIES, WHEN
THEY HAVE A DOG THAT’S NOT GOING TO WORK FOR THEM, THAT THEY
THINK MIGHT BE WORKABLE FOR US, THEN THEY CALL MAINE
SPECIALTY DOGS. THOSE GUYS GO AND EVALUATE. SO THEY EVALUATED SONNY AND KNEW
RIGHT AWAY THAT HE WOULD WORK. SONNY HAS A VERY HIGH
PREY DRIVE. HE’S VERY INTERESTED IN WORKING. HE LIKES SEARCHING. HE’S GOT A GREAT NOSE. HE WANTS TO SNIFF EVERYWHERE
WE GO. THAT’S HIGHLY ADVANTAGEOUS
TO US.>>HOW LONG DO THEY LAST? DOES THE SNIFFER EVER WEAR OUT?>>THEY SAY THAT SOME OF THESE
DOGS WILL GET BORED SIX TO EIGHT YEARS INTO THEIR SERVICE. AT THIS POINT, SONNY IS
TWO AND A HALF YEARS OLD. I DON’T SEE HIM BECOMING BORED. HE JUST HAS SUCH A HIGH
PREY DRIVE. HE WANTS TO WORK. WE HAVE A FIVE-YEAR COMMITMENT,
OR I HAVE A FIVE-YEAR COMMITMENT TO THE PROGRAM. I’M HOPING TO GET ANOTHER SEVEN
AND A HALF YEARS OUT OF HIM.>>YOU’RE GOING TO WORK THAT
HARD, ARE YOU?>>I THINK SO. SOME OF THESE DOGS WILL WORK UP
UNTIL 15 OR 16 YEARS OLD. THEY’LL WORK RIGHT UP UNTIL.>>DIDN’T YOU USED TO HAVE ONE,
SADIE?>>WE HAD SADIE. FRED ANDES HAD SADIE, AND THEY
BOTH RETIRED, I DON’T KNOW, LIKE FIVE YEARS AGO?>>I KNOW IT’S BEEN A WHILE AGO. SO WE’VE BEEN WITHOUT
FOR FIVE YEARS?>>WE’VE BEEN WITHOUT
FOR ABOUT FIVE YEARS.>>OH, THAT’S TOO BAD.>>IT IS.>>ARE THEY VERY COSTLY?>>THIS DOG IS DONATED TO THE
CITY BY STATE FARM. SO STATE FARM PAID FOR SONNY,
PAID FOR ALL OF HIS TRAINING. STATE FARM INSURANCE PAID FOR
ALL MY TRAINING.>>THAT’S WONDERFUL.>>STATE FARM SEES IT AS PART OF
THEIR COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAM. ALSO, HE’S AN EXPENSIVE DOG. VERY EXPENSIVE. BUT THEY SEE IT AS IF HE COMES
INTO PLAY ON ONE HOUSE FIRE, OR ONE PAYOUT FOR THEM OR ANY OTHER
INSURANCE COMPANY, THAT HE PAYS FOR HIS WHOLE LIFETIME OF
TRAINING RIGHT THEN AND THERE. STATE FARM, THEIR SPECIALISTS
THAT I SPOKE WITH, TOLD ME THAT THEY EXPECT HIM TO SAVE THEM
ONE FIRE A YEAR.>>WOW, THAT’S IMPRESSIVE.>>THAT’S A HUGE SAVINGS. ARSON IS A VERY COSTLY PROGRAM. IT’S VERY EXPENSIVE.>>BUT HE’S WORTH EVERY PENNY,
AREN’T YOU? YES, YOU ARE. AND JUST SAVE EVERYBODY MONEY
AND HELP ALL THE OFFICERS. WHAT A GOOD BABY, YES. HE’S SO LOVABLE. HE’S JUST ADORABLE.>>YES, EVERYWHERE WE GO,
THIS IS HOW HE IS. HE SORT OF LIGHTS UP THE ROOM.>>HE REALLY DOES. YES, HE DOES. HE’S A GOOD BOY.>>IT’S AMAZING WHAT DOGS
BRING TO OUR LIVES.>>OH, I KNOW.>>AND ALL THEY HAVE TO OFFER. ALL THE DIFFERENT WORKING DOGS
THROUGHOUT, IN THE MEDICAL FIELD, SEARCHING,
WHETHER IT’S –>>IT’S AMAZING.>>– CADAVER, DRUGS,
ACCELERANTS.>>THEY CAN NOW EVEN
TELL CANCER.>>CANCER, SEIZURE DETECTION. DIABETES, THEY’RE USING DOGS IN
ASSISTING PEOPLE WITH DIABETES.>>HIS FIRST TRIP OUT WAS
SUCCESSFUL, I HEAR?>>HIS FIRST TRIP OUT WAS
VERY SUCCESSFUL. I FLEW IN. SPENT ALL DAY TRYING TO GET FROM
NEW HAMPSHIRE TO PHOENIX. I FINALLY GOT HOME AT
ABOUT 11:00. AND AT 1:30 IN THE MORNING,
ONE OF THE INVESTIGATORS CALLED, AND WE WENT OUT. SONNY HAD FOUR HITS, FOUR ALERTS
ON ACCELERANT. AND ALL FOUR OF THOSE ALERTS
CAME BACK AS POSITIVE. SO WE WERE OFF TO A GREAT START
RIGHT THERE. HE KNOWS HOW TO IMPRESS
HIS BOSS. [LAUGHTER]>>I WONDER WHO’S THE BOSS. I THINK IF HE HAD THUMBS,
HE WOULD BE THE BOSS.>>PROBABLY TRUE, PROBABLY TRUE. SO IN THE FUTURE, DO YOU THINK
WE COULD HAVE TWO DOGS? OR IS THIS IS A ONE-DOG CITY?>>I WOULD LOVE TO SEE
ANOTHER DOG. I DON’T KNOW IF THAT
WILL HAPPEN. CURRENTLY, THERE’S ANOTHER DOG
IN GILBERT, AND WE TEND TO WORK TOGETHER. WE WORK TOGETHER
ON OUR TRAINING. DAVE ZEHRING, THE GILBERT
HANDLER, HE’S BEEN DOING THIS FOR SIX YEARS. HE’S A GREAT MENTOR. HE HAS A TON OF GREAT
LIFE EXPERIENCE, A TON OF GREAT ADVICE. SO WE DO SOME TRAINING TOGETHER. IF I LEAVE TOWN, SONNY GOES WITH
ME, AND DAVE COMES OVER AND HELPS OUT, AND LIKEWISE.>>A RECIPROCAL AGREEMENT
FOR DOGS. GREAT, GOOD. WELL, I WANT TO THANK YOU
FOR BEING HERE TODAY.>>THANK YOU FOR HAVING US. IT’S BEEN A PLEASURE.>>ESPECIALLY THANK YOU
FOR BRINGING SONNY. ONE OF THE BEST MEMBERS
OF OUR COMMUNITY. GREAT MEMBER. CAN WE MAKE HIM NUMBER ONE
IN THE FIRE DEPARTMENT? DO YOU THINK WE CAN DO THAT? I’D BE WILLING TO TELL
THE CHIEF THAT.>>THAT’S ON YOU. [LAUGHTER]>>AGAIN, THANK YOU SO MUCH.>>MAYBE NUMBER TWO.>>SHE MIGHT GET PICKY ABOUT
THAT, YOU’RE RIGHT. ROBBY AND SONNY. THANK YOU FOR JOINING ME TODAY. STAY WITH US. WHEN WE COME BACK, WE’LL BE
MEETING OUR NEWEST MEMBER OF THE PHOENIX POLICE DEPARTMENT,
K9 JAX.>>HEADS UP, PHOENIX. TODAY’S SAFETY MESSAGE HAS TO DO
WITH KEEPING YOUR FOCUS ON THE ROAD.>>DISTRACTED-RELATED INCIDENTS
ARE ON THE RISE, AND THEY CAN BE DEADLY.>>AVOIDING DISTRACTIONS,
SUCH AS TEXTS OR PHONE CALLS, WHEN NAVIGATING THE ROAD
IS KEY TO SAFETY.>>REMAINING FOCUSED MEANS
YOU’RE LESS LIKELY TO BE A VICTIM OF AN ACCIDENT
OR CAUSE ONE.>>IT’S IMPORTANT TO ALWAYS
PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT’S GOING ON AROUND US, ESPECIALLY
WHEN WE’RE RIDING OUR BIKES, BEHIND THE WHEEL,
OR WALKING THE STREETS.>>THAT TEXT OR PHONE CALL? IT CAN WAIT.>>FOCUS ON THE ROAD. DON’T WALK DISTRACTED.>>FOCUS ON THE ROAD. DON’T DRIVE DISTRACTED.>>Both: REMEMBER TO ALWAYS KEEP
YOUR FOCUS ON THE ROAD. [SHOW THEME MUSIC]>>WELCOME BACK. JOINING US NOW IS POLICE OFFICER
LISA FISHER, AND POLICE K9, JAX. THANK YOU FOR COMING TODAY.>>NOT AT ALL, THANK YOU FOR
HAVING US.>>SO HOW LONG HAVE YOU HAD
THIS PARTNER?>>JAX AND I HAVE BEEN WORKING
TOGETHER FOR COMING ON THREE YEARS.>>HOW DID YOU BECOME A PARTNER
WITH HIM? WHERE DID THEY GET HIM,
AND TELL US ALL ABOUT IT.>>I FORGET WHAT KENNEL
HE CAME FROM SPECIFICALLY. BUT I SPENT ABOUT NINE YEARS
IN PATROL. DECIDED THAT THIS CAREER PATH
WAS SOMETHING THAT I WANTED TO LOOK IN TO. I TESTED. CAME OUT HIGH ON THE LIST, WHICH
IS GOOD, BECAUSE IN K9, POSITIONS ARE HARD TO COME BY. PEOPLE DON’T USUALLY LEAVE THIS
JOB UNLESS THEY RETIRE OR PROMOTE. SO IT’S VERY HARD TO GET TO IT. BUT IT WAS GREAT, CAME OUT
HIGH ON THE LIST. WENT UP IN OCTOBER OF 2016. JAX WAS NOT MY FIRST DOG. MY FIRST DOG HAD SOME MEDICAL
ISSUES, SO HE HAD TO BE RETURNED TO THE KENNEL, BUT JAX AND I
HAVE BEEN WORKING TOGETHER EVER SINCE. IT’S GREAT, HE’S A GOOD PARTNER.>>WHERE DID HE COME FROM?>>HE CAME FROM A KENNEL. INITIALLY, HE’S FROM THE
CZECH REPUBLIC. SO THAT’S WHERE HE WAS BRED AND
BORN AND RAISED UNTIL HE WAS PROBABLY ABOUT A YEAR — WE GOT
HIM WHEN HE WAS 14 MONTHS FROM THE KENNEL, BUT THE KENNEL WAS
IN THE UNITED STATES. I JUST CAN’T REMEMBER
WHICH KENNEL IT WAS. WE USE SEVERAL.>>IT’S AMAZING HOW MANY OF THEM
ARE BRED OUT OF THE COUNTRY, BUT END UP ON POLICE FORCE.>>YES, A LOT OF THE BREEDING —
I MEAN, THE BREEDING REGULATIONS, I THINK, ARE A
LITTLE BIT MORE LAX OVER THERE, AS FAR AS WHAT THEY DO WITH THE
UNWANTED DOGS, WHICH IS A SHAME. BUT CERTAINLY, WE END UP WITH
SOME VERY GOOD PRODUCTS HERE.>>HE SEES THE BALLS.>>THE BALLS AND HIS TOY. HE KNOWS THE CAMERAS ARE
RUNNING NOW, SO HIS ABSOLUTELY WORST BEHAVIOR.>>IT’S HIS SHOW. [LAUGHTER]>>YOU ARE MOST WELCOME — OH,
LOOK AT HOW PRETTY YOU ARE. OH, HOW WELL-MANNERED YOU ARE.>>SOMETIMES.>>SOMETIMES?>>WHEN HE WANTS TO BE.>>YOU WERE TELLING ME,
HE’S LIKE A TODDLER. HOW DO YOU DESCRIBE BEING A
TODDLER WHEN HE’S A POLICE DOG. YOU ALWAYS THINK OF THEM AS
FIERCE, KILLERS, WHATEVER.>>NOT KILLERS, BUT CERTAINLY
THEY ARE VERY FIERCE. THEY’RE VERY WHAT WE CALL
DRIVING OR DRIVEN. THEY HAVE A VERY HIGH DRIVE
IN A LOT OF THINGS. MY BOYFRIEND SAYS THAT’S A
SYNONYM FOR CRAZY, WE JUST WON’T ADMIT IT, WHICH IS TRUE. THEY’RE LIKE TODDLERS BECAUSE
SOMETIMES THEY’RE VERY SWEET AND WELL-BEHAVED, AND
THEY JUST LOOK EXACTLY LIKE YOU WANT THEM TO LOOK, AND THEY ACT
EXACTLY HOW YOU WANT THEM TO ACT. AND SOMETIMES THEY’RE INSANE. THEY BREAK THINGS, AND THEY
FOCUS ON THINGS FOR NO REASON. HE HAS A BIG THING WITH
BITING THINGS IN BAGS. SO WE WERE SERVING A SEARCH
WARRANT WITH A SWAT TEAM THIS MORNING, AND WE WERE SEARCHING A
YARD, AND HE BIT INTO A BAG OF JOINT COMPOUND, WHICH PROMPTLY
EXPLODED ALL OVER. SO HE WAS CLEAN BEFORE
THIS MORNING. NOW, OF COURSE, HE’S COVERED
IN JOINT COMPOUND. BUT THEY JUST DO THINGS
UNPREDICTABLY SOMETIMES, AND FOR UNKNOWN REASONS.>>HE’S SO PRETTY.>>HE’S VERY VAIN. YOU CAN’T TELL HIM THAT.>>OH, I CAN’T TELL HIM. I’M SORRY. YOU’RE JUST HANDSOME. SO WHAT KIND OF JOBS
DOES HE GO ON? WHAT ARE SOME OF HIS
GREATEST ADVENTURES?>>WE ARE A DUAL-PURPOSE PATROL
AND NARCOTICS CERTIFIED. WE LOOK FOR BAD GUYS AND
WE LOOK FOR DRUGS. WE DO ALL KIND OF THINGS. WE ALSO PARTICIPATE IN OUR SAU,
OR OUR SWAT TEAM K9 INTEGRATION PROGRAM, WHICH IS GREAT. WE GO OUT AND WE SUPPORT OUR
SWAT TEAM AND ALL OF THEIR PLANNED OPERATIONS, BARRICADES,
SEARCH WARRANTS, THINGS OF THAT NATURE, WHICH IS GREAT. WE GET TO HUNT THE REALLY,
REALLY DANGEROUS BAD GUYS. KNOCK WOOD SO FAR, WE’VE BEEN
VERY SAFE DOING THAT, AND VERY EFFECTIVE DOING THAT. I THINK THE SWAT GUYS REALLY
LIKE HAVING US THERE. WE SUPPORT OUR PATROL OPERATIONS
AND EVERYTHING THAT THEY DO. A LOT OF THINGS THAT THEY DO,
OPEN DOORS AND DUSTING BURGLARY — INVESTIGATING BURGLARIES,
EXCUSE ME. LOOKING FOR DRUGS FOR THEM AND
FOR NET TEAMS AND FOR OUR DRUG ENFORCEMENT BUREAU. WE TRY AND STAY BUSY.>>IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU DO. I TAKE IT THIS IS HOMES,
VEHICLES, THE WHOLE GAMUT?>>WE GO EVERYWHERE, APARTMENTS,
HOMES, VEHICLES, DOING TACTICAL SURVEILLANCE OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE
FAILED TO STOP FOR PATROL OFFICERS OR FOR OUR OTHER
DETAILS WHO HAVE TRIED TO DO A TRAFFIC STOP, AND PEOPLE FLEE. WE GO AFTER THOSE PEOPLE
SOMETIMES. AND STOLEN VEHICLE SUSPECTS,
ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECTS, LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING. NEVER BORING.>>HOW MANY K9s DO WE HAVE?>>IF PHOENIX, WHEN WE ARE FULLY
STAFFED, WE HAVE 17 TEAMS. MOST OF THEM ARE DUAL-PURPOSE. WE HAVE ONE TRIPLE-PURPOSE DOG,
WHO IS PATROL, NARCOTICS, AND CADAVER CERTIFIED. WE HAVE ONE DOG WHO ACTUALLY
JUST YESTERDAY GOT CERTIFIED IN EXPLOSIVE ORDNANCE DETECTION,
SO IT’S FANTASTIC. GREAT CERTIFICATION,
VERY DIFFICULT TO OBTAIN AND MAINTAIN THAT. NOW HE IS PATROL AND
EOD CERTIFIED. IT’S GREAT. WE HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF
EVERYTHING.>>HOW DO YOU GET HIM TRAINED,
TO BE IN PHOENIX, AND ALL THAT WE DEAL WITH, ALL THAT YOU HAVE
TO TACKLE?>>IT IS AN ONGOING PROCESS,
I WILL TELL YOU THAT. WE GET MOST OF OUR DOGS GREEN,
WHICH MEANS THEY HAVE NO TRAINING WHATSOEVER. WHEN I GOT HIM, HE DIDN’T KNOW
HOW TO SIT OR LAY DOWN ON COMMAND OR STAY OR COME
OR ANY OF THAT STUFF. WE TEACH THEM USING TOYS. HIS TOY HE’S TRYING TO GET TO
IS A REWARD. THEY COME WITH A LITTLE BIT OF
BITE WORK IN THEM, BUT WE TEACH THEM HOW TO LET GO AND BITE ON
COMMAND, INSTEAD OF JUST WHENEVER THEY FEEL LIKE IT.>>A TOY. HE SAYS, BUT YOU HAVE TOY.>>ALL RIGHT, NOW YOU CAN
HAVE THAT AND RELAX FOR A SECOND. IT’S ONGOING. SO WHEN WE’RE THROUGH WITH THE
BASIC ACADEMY, WHICH WE FIRST GET THE DOG, THE HANDLER AND THE
TEAM GO THROUGH A THREE OR FOUR-MONTH BASIC
ACADEMY TOGETHER. SO THEY CAN KIND OF BOND, AND
THE HANDLER GETS TO KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH THE DOG, AND THE DOG
GETS TO TRUST THE HANDLER. WHEN WE GRADUATE FROM THAT IS
WHEN YOU GET TO GO OUT AND START TAKING CALLS. FINDING PEOPLE, APPREHENDING
THEM IF NECESSARY. FROM THEN ON, THE TRAINING
IS ONGOING. WE TRY TO DO SOME TYPE OF
TRAINING EVERY DAY, WHETHER IT’S NARCOTICS DETECTION OR AN AREA
SEARCH OR A BUILDING SEARCH OR STUFF IN AREAS WITH OUR
SWAT TEAM. WE WORK A LOT AROUND THEM TO
AVOID ACCIDENTAL BITES AND STUFF LIKE THAT, GETTING A TEAM
RECOGNITION FOR HIM, KNOWING WHAT ALL THOSE GUYS LOOK LIKE IN
THEIR HELMETS AND BIG, HEAVY VESTS. PLEASE DON’T DO THAT. STOP THAT. HE CHEWS THROUGH THE HANDLE, AND
THEN IT’S NO GOOD ANYMORE. STOP THAT.>>DID YOU HAVE TO GET
TRAINED HOW TO GET TRAINED?>>YES, ESSENTIALLY, THAT’S WHAT
THE BASIC ACADEMY IS. WE HAVE A MAIN UNIT TRAINER
WHO LEADS OR COORDINATES THE TRAINING. I WAS A BRAND-NEW HANDLER
WHEN I GOT HIM. WHEN I GET MY NEXT DOG, I WON’T
BE AS GREEN AS I WAS, OBVIOUSLY, WHEN I STARTED THIS TRAINING. BUT — I KNOW, THANK YOU. THE UNIT TRAINER TEACHES YOU
HOW TO TEACH HIM. HE DOES THIS ALL THE TIME. HE DIDN’T EAT ANYTHING GROSS
TODAY, OTHER THAN JOINT COMPOUND. BUT YES, THE TRAINER WILL TEACH
THE HANDLER HOW TO TEACH THE DOG. THEN FROM THAT POINT ON, YOU’RE
PRETTY MUCH RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR DOG’S TRAINING. MAKING SURE THAT HE MAINTAINS AN
OBEDIENCE PROFILE AND STAYS UP ON HIS BITE WORK AND THINGS
OF THAT NATURE.>>THE FIRST TIME OUT, DID YOU
LET HIM OFF LEASH?>>DEPENDS ON THE SEARCH. DEPENDS ON THE CIRCUMSTANCE. I ACTUALLY DON’T REMEMBER WHAT
MY FIRST SEARCH WAS. WE DO SEARCHES A LOT, MOST OF
THE TIME IN BUILDINGS OFF-LEASH. IT’S CONTAINED AND THERE’S NO
CHANCE THAT HE’S GOING TO RUN DOWN THE STREET AND TAG SOMEBODY
ACCIDENTALLY. AREAS GENERALLY THAT’S ON-LEASH.>>IS IT SCARY?>>IT’S A LITTLE STRESSFUL
SOMETIMES FOR A LOT OF REASONS. THERE’S LIABILITY, I THINK,
ATTACHED TO THESE DOGS, CERTAINLY, AND THE WAY THAT
WE USE THEM. SO TRYING TO USE THAT
APPROPRIATELY AND BE SAFE AND STILL BE COGNIZANT OF THE
DANGERS THAT ARE DOWN RANGE. THE PEOPLE WE ARE SEARCHING FOR
TYPICALLY ARE VERY DANGEROUS PEOPLE. YOU’RE TRYING TO MAKE SURE THAT
YOU’RE KEEPING YOUR SEARCH TEAM SAFE, YOU’RE KEEPING YOURSELF
SAFE, YOU’RE KEEPING YOUR DOG SAFE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. WE ASK THEM TO DO A VERY
DANGEROUS JOB. I FEEL IT’S INCUMBENT UPON US TO
TAKE CARE OF THEM AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE TO DO THAT. MAKING SURE THAT YOUR
SEARCH TEAM DOESN’T GET BIT. MAKING SURE THAT NO INNOCENT
BYSTANDERS GET BIT. IT’S A LOT OF RESPONSIBILITY,
CERTAINLY, BUT IT’S VERY REWARDING AT THE SAME TIME. WATCHING THEM, TAKING THEM FROM
WHEN THEY’RE GREEN WITH NO TRAINING, UP TO THEIR FIRST FIND
OF A PERSON AND APPREHENSION. IT’S EXTREMELY REWARDING
FEELING. IT’S GRATIFYING TO SEE HOW FAR
THEY’VE COME. THEY JUST CONTINUE TO IMPROVE
UNTIL THEY RETIRE. YOU’RE A GOOD DOG. YOU’RE VERY HANDSOME.>>HE’S GOING TO BE YOURS
UNTIL YOU RETIRE?>>THAT IS THE PLAN ANYWAY. KNOCK WOOD. UNLESS SOMETHING HAPPENS TO ME
OR HIM, WE GET TO KEEP THEM FOR THEIR WHOLE WORKING LIFE. AND THEN WHEN THE DOG RETIRES WE
GET TO BUY HIM FROM THE CITY FOR A DOLLAR OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT. THEY GET TO STAY WITH US, WHICH
IS GREAT FOR US AND OUR FAMILIES WHO BECOME VERY BONDED WITH
THEM, OF COURSE. UNLESS THE DOG IS SO OUT OF
CONTROL THAT THEY JUST WOULDN’T MAKE A GOOD PET, IN WHICH CASE
THEY GO TO A RESCUE, OR THEY GO TO ANOTHER HANDLER, OR SOMEBODY
WHO CAN ACCEPT ALL THE RESPONSIBILITY. BUT I’VE NEVER KNOWN OF A DOG
THAT’S GONE ELSEWHERE. HANDLERS PRETTY MUCH ALWAYS
KEEP THEM.>>THEY LIVE YOU 24 HOURS,
RIGHT?>>YES, WHICH IS FANTASTIC. IT’S A BENEFIT THAT WE HAVE IN
THE CITY OF PHOENIX THAT A LOT OF AGENCIES DON’T HAVE. TERRIFIC FOR THE DOGS. TERRIFIC FOR THE HANDLERS. THEY GET TO BE CLOSE TO THEIR
FRIENDS, OBVIOUSLY, WHICH IS THE HANDLER, WHICH FRANKLY GOES BOTH
WAYS UP AND DOWN THE LEAD. WE GET TO TAKE GOOD CARE OF
THEM, MAKE SURE THAT THEY’RE EATING ON SCHEDULE, AND
THAT EVERYTHING IS GOOD WITH THEIR BODY. WE BATHE THEM AND STUFF
LIKE THAT. I KNOW, SOMEBODY JUST LEFT. IT’S OKAY.>>AND THEY MOVE SLOWLY, SO
THEREFORE THEY’RE UNDER SUSPECT.>>VERY AWARE OF WHAT’S
GOING ON. NEW PEOPLE IN THE ROOM NOW.>>JUST REMEMBER, YOU WEREN’T
SUPPOSED TO MOVE SLOWLY.>>THEY’LL SURVIVE. HE’S JUST CURIOUS. HE’S NOT IN, “OH, I HAVE TO GO
FIND HIM AND BITE HIM” MODE RIGHT NOW. HE JUST CHECKS OUT NEW THINGS
THAT HAPPEN IN HIS ENVIRONMENT. HE’S VERY AWARE OF WHAT’S
GOING ON.>>I FEEL SO SAFE.>>I’M GLAD. THAT’S WHAT WE’RE GOING FOR
TRYING TO MAKE THINGS SAFE FOR PEOPLE.>>WHEN HE FIRST CAME IN,
I THOUGHT, HOW MANY COLLARS DOES THIS DOG HAVE ON? IS IT GOING TO BE SAFE?>>THREE COLLARS RIGHT NOW, THEN
HIS HARNESS, WHICH IS GREAT.>>HE LOOKS WELL-ARMED.>>THAT MOSTLY GOES ON KIND OF
IN THIS REGION, WITH THE TEETH. EVERYTHING ELSE IS JUST CONTROL
FOR THE HANDLER, BASICALLY. THE PINCH COLLAR, THE SILVER
COLLAR THAT HE’S ON IS JUST FOR INCREASED CONTROL. YOU THOUGHT HE WAS PULLING ME
INTO THIS ROOM? ON HIS FLAT COLLAR,
IT’S EVEN WORSE. IT’S LIKE WATER SKIING BEHIND
THE DOG. HARNESS IS GOOD JUST FOR PICKING
HIM UP AND BEING ABLE TO MOVE HIM AROUND. EXTRA HANDLE ON HIM
WHEN YOU NEED IT. THE ELECTRONIC COLLAR, AS I WAS
EXPLAINING TO YOUR COLLEAGUE, IS GOOD FOR LONG-DISTANCE CONTROL
AND SOME MINOR CORRECTIONS WHEN NEEDED. NOTHING THAT WE USE TO REALLY
TAG HIM OR PUNISH HIM. IT’S GOOD TO HAVE. IT’S KIND OF A SAFETY.>>DOES HE GET TO EAT
ALL THE TIME? THE FIRE DOG WAS JUST HERE, AND
ONLY GETS FED AS A REWARD. SO DOES THAT APPLY TO JAX?>>WE DO NOT USE FOOD AS A
REWARD, BECAUSE WE DO SO MUCH OBEDIENCE WITH HIM AND SO MUCH
WORK, WE FOUND THAT IF YOU GIVE HIM SPECIAL FOOD OR TREATS EVERY
TIME, YOU END UP WITH A FLUFFY DOG. WE TRY AND RUN HIM A LITTLE BIT
LEAN, JUST BECAUSE THE SUMMERS ARE SO HOT HERE. WE WANT TO EXTEND THEIR LIFE
SPAN AND EXTEND THEIR WORKING LIFE, CERTAINLY. RUNNING THEM LEAN IS A GOOD WAY
TO DO THAT. TAKES CARE OF THEIR JOINTS ALSO. HE GETS FED TWICE A DAY. WE DON’T USE FOOD AS A REWARD. WE USE THE TOYS. SO WE FOUND THAT IS A VERY
EFFECTIVE WAY OF –>>I JUST CAN’T LET MY GRANDSON
SEE THIS SHOW AFTER YOU SAID THAT. HIS SHEPHERD I BABY SIT WITH
OFTEN, AND AFTER A DAY OR TWO WITH ME, SEEMS TO BE WIDER
THAN WHEN –>>DOESN’T FIT THROUGH THE
DOORWAY QUITE AS WELL? I UNDERSTAND. MY PARENTS ARE THE SAME WAY.>>I WANT THANK YOU FOR COMING
TODAY. FOR BRINGING YOUR BEST FRIEND. I REALLY HAVE ENJOYED THIS. GLAD TO SEE A FEMALE HANDLER,
TOO. SO THANK YOU VERY MUCH.>>NOT AT ALL, THANK YOU. IT WAS A PLEASURE TO BE HERE. THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME. [MUSIC]>>NOW IT’S TIME FOR OUR NEWEST
SEGMENT, “WILLIAMS AND WAGS,” WHERE WE WELCOME THE ARIZONA
HUMANE SOCIETY TO HIGHLIGHT ADOPTABLE PETS, AND SHARE WITH
US IMPORTANT SAFETY TIPS. JOINING US FROM THE HUMANE
SOCIETY IS KELSEY DICKERSON, AND —
>>SPARKY!>>AND SPARKY. WELL, WELCOME TO THE SHOW. TELL US ABOUT SPARKY.>>THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR
HAVING US. YES, SPARKY IS DEFINITELY A
GREAT PUP TO HIGHLIGHT THE TOPIC THAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT TODAY. HE WAS 12 YEARS OLD. HE’S AN ACTIVE SENIOR PUP. AS YOU CAN TELL, HE JUST WANTS
TO GO, TO, GO. HE’S BEEN ON EVERYONE’S LAPS
IN HERE TODAY SO FAR. HE’S ACTUALLY, HE WAS RESCUED
FROM A BACK YARD BY ONE OF THE ARIZONA HUMANE SOCIETY’S
EMERGENCY ANIMAL MEDICAL TECHNICIANS. WHEN HE WAS FOUND TO BE CHAINED
UP TO A ROPE THAT WAS ONLY THREE FEET LONG. AND THANKS TO YOU AND THE CITY
OF PHOENIX, THAT’S ACTUALLY AGAINST THE LAW HERE IN ARIZONA. ESPECIALLY WHEN IT’S REALLY HOT
OUTSIDE, WHICH WAS THE CASE FOR HIM. IT WAS OVER 100 DEGREES. SO HE WAS CONFISCATED
BY OUR TEAM. TREATED IN OUR SECOND CHANCE
ANIMAL TRAUMA HOSPITAL. AS YOU CAN TELL,
HE’S FEELING BETTER. HE’S LOOKING FOR HIS FOREVER
HOME, AND HE’S AVAILABLE AT OUR SUNNYSLOPE LOCATION.>>AND HOW DO THEY GO THERE? SUNNYSLOPE?>>IT’S OFF OF 13TH AVENUE
AND HATCHER. WE HAVE FOUR LOCATIONS. WE HAVE TWO PETSMART LOCATIONS,
ONE IN MESA, ONE IN SCOTTSDALE, AS WELL AS OUR CAMPUS FOR
COMPASSION, WHICH IS CLOSE TO SOUTH MOUNTAIN. IT’S OFF OF 19TH AVENUE AND
DOBBINS.>>IS HE AVAILABLE AS OF TODAY?>>HE IS AVAILABLE RIGHT NOW. YES, AND HE’S JUST SO WIGGLY,
SO FRIENDLY. WE JUST LOVE OUR SENIOR PETS. THEY’RE GOING TO TELL YOU
EVERYTHING THAT YOU ALREADY KNOW. YOU DON’T HAVE TO GUESS ABOUT
THEIR PERSONALITY. PUPPIES GROW UP. THEY MIGHT BE DIFFERENT THAN
WHEN THEY’RE PUPS. SENIOR PUPS, THEY JUST
HAVE IT ALL. HE’S ALREADY POTTY-TRAINED. HE’S ALREADY SOCIALIZED. HE LOVES EVERYONE. HE’S BEEN GREAT WITH OTHER PUPS
AROUND HERE. HE’S BEEN GREAT WITH EVERYBODY
THAT HE’S MET. AND HE’S SUPER ACTIVE, WHICH IS
GREAT FOR A SENIOR PUP. HE JUST WANTS TO WALK, WALK,
WALK, EXPLORE, EXPLORE, EXPLORE. I THINK HAVING MORE THAN HALF OF
HIS LIFE LIVING ON A CHAIN, HE WAS ON THERE FOR SEVEN YEARS. I THINK NOW HE JUST, IT’S TIME
FOR HIM TO ADVENTURE AND EXPLORE. WE KNOW THAT THERE IS A PERFECT
FOREVER HOME OUT THERE FOR HIM.>>HE IS A GREAT EXAMPLE OF YOU
DON’T CHAIN A DOG. YOU DON’T KEEP A DOG OUT
IN THE HEAT. ALSO WANT TO REMIND EVERYBODY,
DON’T TAKE HIM OUT ON THE SIDEWALK WITHOUT LITTLE BOOTIES. AND IT’S ILLEGAL TO TAKE THEM IN
THE PARKS ON THE TRAILS IF IT’S OVER 100 DEGREES.>>YES, EXACTLY. THERE ARE JUST SO MANY SAFETY
TIPS THAT WE CAN HAVE FOR OUR PETS IN THE HEAT. LIKE YOU MENTIONED,
THERE ARE SO MANY DANGERS, ESPECIALLY TETHERING. THE CITY OF PHOENIX HAS A
DIFFERENT LAW THAN TEMPE AND GLENDALE. A LOT OF CITIES HERE IN ARIZONA
DON’T HAVE ONE. IT’S LAST JUST USE COMMON SENSE. UNFORTUNATELY, THERE IS A LOT
OF DANGER WITH TETHERING. EVEN IF IT’S A LONG-ENOUGH ROPE,
THEY COULD ENTANGLE THEMSELVES, WHICH COULD KEEP THEM FROM
GETTING TO THEIR WATER SOURCE OR THEIR SHELTER. UNFORTUNATELY, WE SEE A LOT OF
THOSE CASES WHERE THEY DON’T MAKE IT. THE HEAT IS EXTREMELY DANGEROUS. YOU NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT YOUR
PETS HAVE ACCESS TO FOOD, WATER, AND SHELTER AT ALL TIMES.>>AND COOL WATER.>>COOL WATER, THAT’S RIGHT. MAKE SURE IT’S IN A PLASTIC,
NON-SPILLABLE BUCKET. IF IT’S IN THAT METAL,
IT’S GOING TO BE REALLY HOT. IT’S NOT GOING TO BE DRINKABLE. OF COURSE, WE SEE A LOT OF TIMES
WHERE THERE IS A WATER SOURCE, BUT THE PETS DUMP IT OVER
OR IT EVAPORATES. MAKE SURE IT’S ONE OF THOSE
BIG GALLONS. IF YOU HAVE A SMALL PUP LIKE
THIS, MAKE SURE IT’S SMALLER SO THEY CAN ACCESS IT. BUT IF YOU HAVE A BIG DOG, MAKE
SURE IT’S AT LEAST FIVE GALLONS.>>OR A KID’S SWIMMING POOL.>>THAT’S RIGHT, OR A SWIMMING
POOL WOULD BE GREAT. MAKE SURE THAT THEY STAY COOL. LIKE YOU MENTIONED, JUST DON’T
WALK YOUR DOGS RIGHT NOW. THE GROUND IS TOO HOT. WE HAVE A SEVEN-SECOND RULE
AT THE ARIZONA HUMANE SOCIETY. IF YOU CAN’T HOLD THE BACK OF
YOUR HAND TO THE GROUND FOR AT LEAST SEVEN SECONDS, IT’S WAY
TOO HOT FOR OUR PETS’ SENSITIVE PAWS. THEN ALSO, MAKE SURE THAT YOU
ARE LIMITING THEIR EXERCISE TO REALLY EARLY IN THE MORNING,
OR LATE AT NIGHT. IT CAN BE OVER 100 DEGREES EVEN
AT NIGHTTIME HERE IN ARIZONA, AS WE KNOW. SO MAKE SURE THAT YOU’RE GETTING
ALL THEIR EXERCISE IN AND OUT, INSIDE, AND THEN WHEN YOU GO
OUTSIDE, JUST LIMIT THAT.>>GREAT. THAT’S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE FOR
THIS MONTH’S “ON THE ISSUES.” IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR
COMMENTS ABOUT THIS SHOW, CALL MY OFFICE AT 602-262-7444. OR VISIT MY WEBSITE AT
PHOENIX.GOV/DISTRICT 1. THANK YOU BOTH FOR BEING HERE. AND HE IS AVAILABLE
FOR ADOPTION TODAY. SEE YOU NEXT TIME
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