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National Dog Day

August 26, 2020

Today is National Dog Day,  a day to celebrate man’s best friend and all the love and affection they bring to our lives.

Meet a very special dog in the Clarksville-Montgomery County community, named Orson IV.

Orson IV is a 9-year-old Labrador and Golden Retriever mix, who works as a facility dog at the 19th Judicial District Office of the District Attorney. Orson is trained and certified by Canine Companions for Independence as a service dog and specializes in the care and comfort of children who have been victimized and are going through the criminal justice process.  Orson attends forensic interviews and accompanies children to court. His handler is Kimberly Lund, assistant district attorney.

When he is not at work, he enjoys laying around and eating an occasional banana, Lund said.

The Clarksville Police Department also uses K-9 to further serve and protect.  Meet the Clarksville Police Departments K-9 Heroes.

National Dog Day started in 2004 by Animal Welfare Advocate and Pet Lifestyle Expert, Colleen Paige, and celebrates all breeds, mixed and pure, and serves to help galvanize the public to recognize the number of dogs that need to be rescued each year, either from public shelters, rescues and pure breed rescues, according to NationalDogDay.com.

National Dog Day honors family dogs and dogs that work selflessly to save lives, keep us safe and bring comfort.

Dogs put their lives on the line every day – protecting our families and homes, for their law enforcement partner, for their blind companion, for the disabled, for our freedom and safety by detecting bombs and drugs and helping to locate and rescue victims of accidents and tragedy, according to National Dog Day.

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