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Rotary Club of Peterborough Kawartha funds Isaac’s police dog training

Isaac, the newest canine member of the Peterborough Police Service, has completed seven weeks of his 15-week training regimen side by side with his handler, Constable Bob Cowie. All proceeds from the Rotary Club of Peterborough Kawartha's 2018 Rotary Christmas Auction will fund the acquisition and training of Isaac. (Photo: Paul Rellinger / kawarthaNOW.com)
Isaac, the newest canine member of the Peterborough Police Service, has completed seven weeks of his 15-week training regimen side by side with his handler, Constable Bob Cowie. All proceeds from the Rotary Club of Peterborough Kawartha’s 2018 Rotary Christmas Auction will fund the acquisition and training of Isaac. (Photo: Paul Rellinger / kawarthaNOW.com)

Isaac has some very big paws to fill but, with help from the Rotary Club of Peterborough Kawartha, the German Shepherd/Belgian Malinois mix will soon become a full-fledged member of the Peterborough Police Service.

As kawarthaNOW's Paul Rellinger (right) looks on, Isaac is introduced to the media on October 26, 2018 by Rotary Club of Peterborough Kawartha president Brian Prentice (left) and Peterborough Deputy Chief of Police Tim Farquharson (second from right). Isaac is partnered with Constable Bob Cowie (second from left), a three-year member of the service. (Photo: S/Sgt. John Lyons / Twiiter)
As kawarthaNOW’s Paul Rellinger (right) looks on, Isaac is introduced to the media on October 26, 2018 by Rotary Club of Peterborough Kawartha president Brian Prentice (left) and Peterborough Deputy Chief of Police Tim Farquharson (second from right). Isaac is partnered with Constable Bob Cowie (second from left), a three-year member of the service. (Photo: S/Sgt. John Lyons / Twiiter)

On Friday (October 26) at the Peterborough police station, Rotary representatives announced that all proceeds from this year’s Rotary Christmas Auction will fund Isaac’s acquisition and training. The fundraising goal is $28,000.

This is the second time Rotarians have funded a police service dog. In 2004, Harris — named after Rotary founder Paul Harris — joined the local police service.

Handled by then constable Jeff Chartier, Harris served until 2011 and died three years later from cancer.

Once on active duty, K9 Issac will be busy, what with the pending retirement of current police service dogs Wolfe and Hal.

Wolfe, purchased by the Knights of Columbus, is partnered with Constable Tim Fish, and Hal, purchased by the Kinsmen Club of Peterborough, works with Constable Sam McCullum.

Halfway through a 15-week training program overseen by the Niagara Regional Police Service, Issac is partnered with Constable Bob Cowie, a three-year member of the service who previously served 10 years with the Toronto Police Service.

“The progress these dogs make is unbelievable,” said Const. Cowie.

Peterborough Police Constable Bob Cowie and Isaac get some exercise on Water Street, followed by members of the Rotary Club of Peterborough Kawartha. All proceeds from this year's Rotary Christmas Auction will fund the department's acquisition and training of its newest canine member. (Photo: Paul Rellinger / kawarthaNOW.com)
Peterborough Police Constable Bob Cowie and Isaac get some exercise on Water Street, followed by members of the Rotary Club of Peterborough Kawartha. All proceeds from this year’s Rotary Christmas Auction will fund the department’s acquisition and training of its newest canine member. (Photo: Paul Rellinger / kawarthaNOW.com)

“How smart they are, how agile, the things they pick up on … it is incredible. It has blown my mind to see the progress Isaac has made since day one — and we’re only halfway through the program.”

Const. Cowie noted Isaac is being trained as a general purpose dog, which means his duties will include tracking, suspect apprehension, and drug detection.

“He’s learning every day … I’m learning every day,” he said.

A demonstration of Issac's training. The latest addition to the Peterborough Police Service's K9 Unit, Isaac is expected to be placed on active duty by Christmas. (Photo: Dean Ostrander / Rotary Club of Peterborough Kawartha)
A demonstration of Issac’s training. The latest addition to the Peterborough Police Service’s K9 Unit, Isaac is expected to be placed on active duty by Christmas. (Photo: Dean Ostrander / Rotary Club of Peterborough Kawartha)

“It has been nothing but a good experience and he’s exceeding in everything that he is doing. As you can see, he’s very calm today. That was not the case in week one. He’d be dancing all over the place. He’s come a long way. We’re really excited to complete our training and become operational come Christmas time.”

Isaac is partnered with Constable Bob Cowie. As part of his training, Isaac is being fully integrated into Const. Cowie's home. (Photo: Dean Ostrander / Rotary Club of Peterborough Kawartha)
Isaac is partnered with Constable Bob Cowie. As part of his training, Isaac is being fully integrated into Const. Cowie’s home. (Photo: Dean Ostrander / Rotary Club of Peterborough Kawartha)

As part of his training, Isaac is being fully integrated into Const. Cowie’s home, which he not only shares with his wife Stacey, also a Peterborough police constable, but also two dogs, three horses, “and a bunch of chickens.”

“He’s fit in really well,” Const. Cowie says. “We moved here for family reasons and it was the best decision we ever made. This (working with Isaac) is a bonus.”

Peterborough Deputy Police Chief Tim Farquharson noted there was no allotment in the police budget for a new service dog’s acquisition and training, terming Rotary’s stepping up to the plate “huge” and expressing the department’s appreciation.

Set for November 19th to December 3th, the online Rotary Christmas Auction has traditionally supported projects near and dear to the service club.

Last year saw $25,000 raised toward its commitment to the construction of the Rotary Outdoor Gym at Beavermead Park.

“When it came to our attention that we could put the auction proceeds toward the purchasing of Isaac, we were just ecstatic,” said Rotarian Dean Ostrander, co-chair of the auction with Kim Groenendyk.

Watch kawarthaNOW.com for more details of the auction as it nears.

Once Isaac's trainig is complete, thanks to support from the Rotary Club of Peterborough Kawartha, his duties will include tracking, suspect apprehension, and drug detection. (Photo: Dean Ostrander / Rotary Club of Peterborough Kawartha)
Once Isaac’s trainig is complete, thanks to support from the Rotary Club of Peterborough Kawartha, his duties will include tracking, suspect apprehension, and drug detection. (Photo: Dean Ostrander / Rotary Club of Peterborough Kawartha)

Source: https://kawarthanow.com/2018/10/26/rotary-club-of-peterborough-kawartha-funds-isaacs-police-dog-training/

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