Coast Guard K-9 Hoist Training

ALAMEDA, Calif. — Sirius stood on the bow of the 47-foot Motor Lifeboat with her tail tucked between her legs and quaking in her custom-made harness. Her soft, velvety ears were pinned back and she looked up at canine handler Petty Officer 2nd Class Chris Hartman as he stroked her head and murmured reassurances to her. As Sirius struggled to find her sea legs, Hartman clipped a line to the black...

Follow Your Nose

Story and photos by Petty Officer 3rd Class Tara Molle On a drizzly, overcast Monday morning, a long line of cars sit bumper to bumper at Coleman Dock in Seattle waiting to board a Washington State Ferry (WSF). A pair of shiny black boots and four furry paws move across wet asphalt in rapid fashion. With their heads low and eyes quickly scanning for anything out of the ordinary they weave in and out...

Coast Guard to honor canine hero at retirement ceremony

Alameda,  CA – A retirement ceremony will be held to honor the service of “Hawk”, one of the Coast Guard’s K-9 members. After four years of Coast Guard service with Maritime Safety and Security Team San Francisco, “Hawk” is being retired due to a spinal defect, which causes him severe pain. The ceremony will be held at Gresham Hall on Coast Guard Island Thursday...