Memorials to Fallen K-9s
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In Loving Memory of
October 6, 2006
Handler: Officer Tom Otten

Sauget Police Department
2897 Falling Spring Road
Sauget, IL 62206
618/332-6500 Fax # 618/332-3539

I am sad to inform you that I had to put K9 Ordi down yesterday, October 6.  It was not an easy decision.  He was starting to have problems breathing, and would not lie on his side.  He would spend most of the night whimpering and he only seemed to take shallow breaths.  He even lost the energy to play.  I decided it better that he be put down before he got much worse.  On his final night he enjoyed junk food for the first time in his life.  He ate a hamburger and fires, and  that alone seemed to give him back the energy of his  youth, but once the food was gone, so was his energy. I spent the night with him on the living room floor, and that seemed to be the best he rested all week, though he still seemed to have a hard time breathing.  The next morning, I took him for a short walk, and  spent about an hour brushing him in the sun.  He seemed to enjoy it, and at one point he even showed a  bit of his youth as he perked up when a squirrel ran by.  Irene tried playing fetch with him, but he only made a half hearted attempt to chase the paper when  she threw it. He then returned to me and lied down.  I really began to have second thoughts and was agonizing over my decision. We went back into the house and I just sat on the couch and watched him sleep for about 30 minutes. The whole time he was trying to sleep his breathing was labored, and I could tell he could not get comfortable. I then made the final decision, and I got up and got ready to take him to the vet. I had made a few phone calls to inform some of the  people closest to Ordi that this was his last day.  Irene accompanied me to the vet but she told me she could not come into the exam room.  When I arrived at the vet I was met by the two other O'Fallon canine officers who had known Ordi his entire career.  I was  also met by a friend and her daughter whom I considered Ordi’s biggest fans. They were at every regional trial Ordi ever participated in.  Having those people in the room with me during the procedure  was extremely comforting. Just as he was his entire life, Ordi was just perfect in his final moments. He did not fuss or get scared or nervous. He just laid on the floor next me, and simply went to sleep while I  was stroking his head. It was the most peaceful he had been in a while.The O’Fallon canine officers gave us a police escort over to canine training grounds and police dog cemetery in Sauget, Illinois. Ordi was a founding  member of the East/West training group, and he spent  nearly every Monday of his life out there working hard and having fun.  We were met by the other founding members of the training group, and Ordi was buried with police honors, including a flag-draped coffin.  As we were filling in Ordi’s grave site we could not help but reminisce on his life, and the lives we all  shared as canine handlers.  There was certainly no shortage of humorous stories about the many out-of-town canine trials we all participated in  together.  There were also stories of the heroics that all of the dogs constantly amazed us with.  There were many tears, and many laughs, but most of all there was  camaraderie that not many people in life get to experience.  The Good Lord blessed us with the most perfect  weather, and it was a truly a fitting end to such a  great dog that God created for me. I am so thankful  to have shared 9 years of my life with Ordi, and I am  even more grateful for all the wonderful people Ordi brought into my life. 
 Tom Otten

submitted by Dir. USPCA, Russ Hess