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In tribute to the amazing working canines that I have had the honor to know and to work with.

Guardians Of The Night

Author - Unknown

Trust in me my friend for I am your comrade.  I will protect you
with my last breath.  When all others have left you and the
loneliness of the night closes in, I will be at your side.

Together we will conquer all obstacles, and search out
those who might wish harm to others.  All I ask of you is
compassion, the caring touch of your hands.  It is for you that I
will unselfishly give my life and spend my nights unrested.
Although our days together may be marked by the passing
of the seasons, know that each day at your side is my reward.

My days are measured by the coming and going of your
footsteps.  I anticipate them at every opening of the door.
You are the voice of caring when I am ill.
The voice of authority when I've done wrong.

Do not chastise me unduly for I am your right arm, the sword
at your side. I attempt to do only what you bid of me. I seek
only to please you and remain in your favor.
Together you and I shall experience a bond only others
like us will understand.  When outsiders see us together, their
envy will be measured by their disdain.

I will quietly listen to you and pass no judgment, nor will your
spoken words be repeated.  I will remain ever silent, ever vigilant,
ever loyal.  And when our time together is done And you move
on in the world, remember me with kind thoughts and tales,
For a time we were unbeatable, nothing passed among us undetected.

If we should meet again on another street, I will gladly take up your fight.
I am a Police Working Dog and together, we are guardians of the night.