Whether you’re looking for a unique gift for your favorite dog lover or just want to support local K-9 units, the Williams County Sheriff’s Office has just the thing.
This year’s annual K-9 fundraiser includes coins engraved with photos of deputies Django and Ruin.
Django (the D is silent) is an adorably flopped-eared, hyperactive 6-year-old Belgian Malinios who is always up for a game of catch, whether it’s tennis balls or non-compliant suspects who flee from his partner, Deputy Jason Randall.
Ruin is a 5 1/2-year-old Dutch German shepherd who likes it when reporters scratch him behind ears but has no mercy on them when they put on a bite sleeve and participate in training events. (Editor’s note: this article’s author found this out first-hand.)
“We use the funds for training equipment,” said his partner, Deputy Ken Jacob. “Food and veterinary care are donated, which helps out a lot.”
The coins are available for purchase at the sheriff’s office, in the county’s East Annex Building, 1425 E. High St., from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can get one for $3 or both for $5.
This year’s K-9 fundraiser was sponsored by donations from Miller Body Shop Sales and Service, A Cut Above Styling Salon, Misty King of AmeriMade Realty, ElliAnn’s Boutique and the Mad Ox Men’s Emporium.