Marilyn Walton goes on to describe, in vivid detail,
the horrifying moments that followed.  The one
thing that cannot escape the reader is the absolute
devotion shown by police officers toward one
another by risking their lives to save the lives of
brother officers.  One of those police officers would
make the ultimate sacrifice, but… not for the lack of
efforts of his human brothers to save him.
Rinny - "Never Forget"
Denver Giroux, only two days old, would have
perished in the Canadian wilderness had it not been
for Argus, a canine member of the Royal Canadian
Mounted Police.  This story illustrates just another
of the talents possessed by police dogs.  It seems
that Argus was good at just about everything
before his talent for tracking was recognized.  
Marilyn Walton takes you from the infant’s
kidnapping to his rescue.  This story exposes one
of the absolute lowest forms of human behaviour to
one of its best… aided by the selfless nature of a
loyal canine.
I could go on and highlight every one of these
fabulous canines; however, that would defeat the
purpose of reading good books.  I would deny the
reader of enjoying good writing and viewing the
photographs that serve to bring the reader closer
to the dogs and their handlers.  Whether you’re a
police officer aspiring to be a K-9 handler or a
person who just loves animals, you’re going to love
these books.
About the Author

Marilyn Jeffers Walton is a graduate of The Ohio
State University.  She has written six books for
children including the successful Celebration Series
for Raintree-Steck-Vaughn.  Her book,
, won a Children’s Choice award in 1986.  
She is the author of
Rhapsody in Junk—A Daughter’
s Return to Germany to Finish Her Father’s Story
She and her husband, a retired Miami University
professor, raised three sons in Oxford, Ohio, where
they currently reside.

She has always loved dogs including her own
canines, Willie, Smokey and a German shepherd mix
and K-9 wannabe, Sandy.
Midge - "Pint-Sized Power"
“While the shepherds normally took their Ohio
Certification Test at age two, Midge took and
passed the test when she was just one.  That
certification meant that the sheriff and his
deputies could make an arrest, get a search
warrant or seize property based solely on
Midge’s alert to the presence of marijuana.”
From Badge On My Collar:  A Chronicle of Courageous
Marilyn Jeffers Walton
Aron - "The Price of Valor"
"The dog was enraged.  He saw the danger the
robber presented and every inch of Aron's
body was geared to charge ahead and protect
his handler from further assault.  The man to
whom he was so devoted and to whom he had
an unspoken allegiance had been injured
before his eyes.  With renewed purpose, Aron
thrashed through the woods to find the
suspect and was soon out of sight.  With
unbridled fury, he lunged toward the suspect
as the branches of springtime growth snapped
beneath his weight.  And the whole time the
suspect never stopped firing..."
From Badge On My Collar II:  
To Serve With Honor
From Badge On My Collar II:  
To Serve With Honor
“Tears streamed from Tom’s eyes as he tried
to explain to Rinny that they would not see
each other again.  The dog had been such a
loyal companion, and his questioning dark eyes
stared into Tom’s as they had the first time he
had placed his paws on Tom’s shoulder when
they first met.”
Imagine yourself as a young man just out of Air
Force Police training and landing at the Ton Son
Nuht Air Force Base in Viet Nam in 1966.  Like every
young soldier arriving in a foreign land, particularly
in a time war, things can be a bit overwhelming.  
One would think that Marilyn Walton was standing
next to Tom Wilson as she describes the sights,
the sounds, and the dangers this young airman
would experience over the next year.  

While Tom had no idea upon his arrival that he
would become a K-9 handler, he would spend the
better part of a year sitting in the darkness
guarding the perimeter of Ton Son Nuht Air Force
Base.  Tom was never alone in the darkness,
because next to him sat Rinny who could
communicate to Tom the difference between a cobra
crawling through the grass and a Viet Cong soldier
attempting to penetrate the perimeter.  

Tom Wilson never forgot Rinny.  Many years after
Tom left Viet Nam, he would eventually locate Rinny’
s military records, and Tom would learn the fate of
the big, wolf like dog he came to love and respect.
One normally associates police dogs with the
German Shepard or other large breed canines, so
you can imagine the ribbing Sheriff Dan McClelland
had to endure when he introduced Midge, a mixed
Chihuahua-Rat Terrier breed, to his K-9 Unit.  Midge
would soon prove her worth and gain the respect of
the Sheriff’s deputies and, more importantly, the
friendship of the “big dogs.”
Rudi - "True Blue Dog of Sherwood
“ ‘Rudi! Heel!’ he called and whistled to attract
the dog’s attention.

Suddenly, an apparition shrouded in black
loomed over both officers.  It seemed to be of
enormous proportions, and it was not
stopping.  Like a giant bat, it momentarily
hovered above them.  Both men screamed and
turned to run as the shape hit the ground
beside them.  There lay Rudi, who had leapt
out of a bedroom window two stories up upon
hearing his recall.  He was not hurt, but the
thought that he might be in a future scenario
made Dave rethink how and when he would
recall his dog.”
From Badge On My Collar II:  
To Serve With Honor
Dave Brown began his police career as a police
cadet at age seventeen with the Nottinghamshire
Constabulary, and it didn’t take him long to realize
that he wanted to become a K-9 officer.  A lot of
people would believe that becoming a K-9 handler is
just a matter of going through training with a dog
and going to work after graduation.  Dave Brown
would enjoy a long police career as a K-9 officer,
and he would even get to work with his son who
would follow in his father’s footsteps.  However,
Dave’s story reveals the difficulties as well as the
joys of training and working with a canine partner.

Marilyn Walton takes you through Dave’s career
with her usual talented writing and story telling
expertise.  While there are some sad moments, you’
ll have a smile on your face as you read about Rudi
and those canines that would succeed him… all of
whom received the patience and loving care that
only a real animal lover could provide.

Dave Brown is now retired, but he keeps his hand in
the game with his Blog,
Argus - A Cry in the Dark
“Wrapped in an old black and red lumberjack’s
shirt, the baby’s tiny bare legs, exposed to the
harsh elements, kicked as Argus tenderly
nuzzled the soft skin with his cold nose.”
From Badge On My Collar:  A Chronicle of Courageous
~ Barry M. Baker
King: "The Children's Angel

Major: "Unchained Fury

Ingo : "Valor and Sacrifice"

Bear: "Fur and Fangs"

Ace: "Jaws of Steel"

Baron: "Driven to Distraction

Ponch: "Canine Clown"

Argus: "A Cry in the Dark:

Axel: "The Hungarian Surprise"

Luke II: "In Grateful Service"

Midge: "Pint-Sized Power"

Sirius: "New York's Shining Star"

Alley: "Pride of the Pentagon:

Perry: "Taking a Bite out of Crime"

Rex: "MWD"
K-9 Buffy: "Ambassadress Extraordinaire"

MWD Rinny #681F: "Never Forget"

K-9 Cinder: "Canadian Cinderella"

K-9 Conan: "Portrait in White"

K-9 Senga: "Scotland's Highland Lass"

MWD Duke: "Jaws, Paws and Claws"

K-9 Leon: "International House of Dogs"

K-9s Zeke, Bullet and Snap: "Tracker's Trilogy"

K-9 Vago: "On This Earth to Be a Police Dog

K-9 Gina Marie: "Treasure of the Tidewater"

K-9 Bear: "Thunder Down Under"

K-9 Aron: "The Price of Valor"

K-9 Saxon: "Welsh Warrior"

K-9 Rudi: "True Blue Dong of Sherwood Forest"

K-9 Shadow: "The Face of Winter"
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