I want to send my deepest condolences to all members of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department on the passing of Canine Officer Nicky, and especially to her partner and handler, Sgt. Eric Kerns.
It is very difficult for people who never had a close bond with a very special dog to understand what goes on between dog and human.
I hear many people expressing their opinion that it was too soon for Nicky to get back to work, just three weeks after barely recovering from the brutal attack she suffered from a machete attack. Maybe it is true, but I am sure her partner trusted the opinion of her veterinarian.
Others claim that under the circumstances she was not to be let loose when a suspect had a gun that could have injured her further.
Maybe it is also true, but please let’s not pour more salt in the wound of Sgt. Eric Kerns’ heart, because I am sure he is suffering plenty already.
K-9 dogs are very attached to their partners. Those dogs know when they are to go to work; they get ready for work even before their partners have their uniforms on.
I can imagine the hurt in Sgt. Kern’s heart when he gets ready to go to work and realizes that Nicky is not next to him.
People who have never been close to a dog — a police dog, medical service dog or even a domestic dog — have no clue what it is to lose a long-time friend or companion, much less a partner who was always there to protect your life, regardless of the circumstances.
I know, I have been there and have worn the T-Shirt. Sgt. Kerns, my heart is with you! As a K-9 officer, probably other dogs will come under your training and supervision, but Nicky will never leave your heart.
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A little bit of dignity from President Obama would be appreciated
The supposed ex-president of Cuba, Fidel Castro, affirmed in an article published on page two of the official newspaper of Cuba — “Granma” and entitled “Brother Obama,” that Cuba does not need any gift from “the empire” and that the citizens of this “noble and selfless country” would not renounce to “the glory, the rights and the spiritual richness that it has gained with the development of education, science and culture.”
“We do not need the empire to give us [anything]. Our efforts would be legal and [specific], because it is our compromise with peace and fraternity with all human beings living on this planet.
Fidel, the dinosaur of 89 years and retired since 2006, analyzed the speech of president Obama to the people of Cuba during his visit to the Island.
“We are capable [of producing] the food and material richness needed with the effort and the intelligence of our country,” stated the senile leader of the Cuban Revolution on his first reaction to the visit of Obama to Cuba.
About the words of Obama to “forget the past and look into the future,” Fidel Castro considers that Obama used the “words most sugary” and affirmed that Cubans ran the “risk of a heart attack” when they heard the president of the United States spoke in favor of “forget the past “ and “ Cubans and Americans as family, friends and
Please, Mr. President, you acted too fast and too soon. Raul Castro is nothing but a Mickey Mouse acting as supposed president (when he was not even elected to janitor — and neither was Fidel, for that matter),
he is still the puppet of his brother, Fidel, and they already told you in plain English that they want nothing from the United States.
To regain the little dignity and reputation you have left around the world for the benefit of your daughters, there are four things you need to do very fast and very soon:
1. Re-close the American Embassy in Habana.
2. Forget about lifting the embargo.
3. Deny access to the Guantanamo Naval Base that you promised them.
4. Deny more visas to the Castro children coming to New York on a shopping spree. They don’t have to come to our country when they have everything they need in Cuba.
Please Mr. Obama, accept the fact that Fidel Castro made a fool out of you.
Perly Viasmensky is the General Manager of the Las Vegas Tribune. She writes a weekly column in this newspaper. To contact Perly Viasmensky, email her at pviasmensky@lasvegas tribune.com.