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Working police dogs from across region visit city to show off skills for tail-wagging fun

PMG PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - K9 officers from across the region visited Gresham for a tail-wagging fun event.  Gresham's star comfort dog, who loves getting scratches behind his ear, invited a pack of his K9 friends from across the region to join in some tail-wagging fun.

PMG PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - TriMet showcased several bomb-sniffing dogs.  The Gresham Police Department hosted its first-ever Dog Days of Summer event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at City Hall, 1333 N.W. Eastman Parkway. The free gathering had K9 units from across the metro region — Gresham, Oregon City, Milwaukie, Gladstone, the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office and TriMet — that met with people of all ages, while the police dogs and their handlers showed off their talents through a series of live training sessions.

As folks marveled at the K9 officers, that tracked, chased and attacked a trainer clad in protective gear, Gresham's 4-year-old comfort dog, Tagg, made the rounds, as did furry friends from Guide Dogs for the Blind. When visitors got their fill of pets, they got frozen treats from Kona Ice and met with several local dog-friendly businesses that were showcasing products.

PMG PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - Gresham K9 comfort dog, Tagg, enjoyed getting scratches behind his ear.

PMG PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - The handlers showcased the K9 officers' skills during the Gresham Police Department's Dog Days of Summer.

PMG PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - People of all ages loved being around the police dogs Saturday, Sept. 17.

PMG PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - Gresham comfort dog, Tagg.

PMG PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - The toys are used as part of the K9 officer training.


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