K9 Ozzy and Trooper Richard Elliot
Ozzy born in 2002, was assigned to Trooper Richard Elliot in 2004. They attended K9 school in Gainesville for eight months. Ozzy was on the road in Troop H for approximately three and a half years and was was responsible for the seizure of approximately 75 pounds of marijuana, five kilos of cocaine, $200,000 in U.S. currency and $148,000 in counterfeit travelers checks. Ozzy had tracked several fleeing felons and apprehended three suspects.
Ozzy was retired in 2007 due to a genetic back problem. Ozzy became a member of the Elliot family home where he lived with 5 cats (all were good buddies) and the last year and a half included a Belgium Malinous, Jackel. Jackel came into our family as a 12 week old puppy and kept Ozzy very busy. Ozzy was slowing down and had a hard time being able to function due to the back and hip issues. Ozzy left us on December 22, 2012, due to health problems and is now in a wonderful, pain free place where he can run and enjoy. He will be truly missed until the time that we meet again. Rest in peace my partner, pal and pet.
I am a Trooper in a canine crew.
I have been trained to see it through.
When danger is near my ears perk up.
They taught me that when I was a pup.
I am often there to protect your rights,
My presence sometimes hinders fights,
I never attack with thought to kill,
When subduing one, my job I fulfill.
I never worry a single thought,
As to how I will fare at a certain spot.
The love I have for a handler's care,
Is all I need, each day to fare.
And if some day my luck turns bad,
I will relish the joys I have ever had.
To be with men who stand for good,
In a special kind of "brotherhood."
The story's end by now you know,
Of how I tried for a better show,
When I was called and I gave my all.