Anne Campeau who works for the Windsor Police Department sent me this photo of two- and- a- half year old Vahlter, taken during one of his visits to the 911 Centre.
The Belgian malinois was running through his daily training regimen at the Windsor Police Training Facility with his handler, Constable Paul Brothers, when he slammed into one of the obstacles on the course.
According to the Windsor Star article written by Sarah Sacheli, it was one of those freak accidents. The dog had performed the same exercise a thousand times, but this time he misjudged the distance. He died of his injuries onTuesday, February 2, 2010 at the Walker Road Animal Hospital.
Good Dogs Canada extends condolences to the Brothers family with whom Vahlter lived. The close bond between police dogs and their handlers is well known. Vahlter was one out of five police dogs on the Windsor force.
The Windsor Star article goes on to quote Tecumseh veterinarian Catherine Thomson McGhie as saying that any blunt force trauma can be potentially lethal.
If your dog runs into something, take him/her to a vet. Heads up if your dog is very active and will go to any length to catch that ball or leap that hurdle.