Smith’s previous K9, Oso, had to take early retirement due to a spinal injury while on duty. K9 Oso was a very large, black german shepherd. Oso went home with Smith to join his family as a pet for the rest of his life. K9 Cash became his new partner.
“I remember when my wife and I picked up K9 Cash from the Denver International Airport in 2015. The crew brought Cash out to us and I saw this little 52-pound scruffy looking animal that was scared to death.” Deputy Smith introduced Cash to the Citizens Academy Alumni at its quarterly pot luck announcing the start of the LCSO Retired K9 Fund being kicked off to support LCSO retired K9’s as they retire to their handlers home to live out their lives as a family member. Cash crashed into the room and headed for the table of food – he was determined to do a full sweep of the table. Thankfully, Deputy Smith reigned him in before the food was devoured.
“We started his training within a few weeks and Cash quickly learned his abilities. The bond between Cash and I quickly formed. I have always loved dogs, grew up with dogs but had never encountered an attachment such as this. During Cash’s career, we spent countless hours together, on patrol together 10 -12 hours a night and training a minimum of 20 – 30 hours a month. To say I love this guy is an understatement. It is amazing when you can communicate with an animal with a simple hand gesture or merely with a look. The conversations I have had with Cash in the middle of the night during shifts, well let’s just say I’m glad he cannot talk! Over the years Cash has grown to be 92 pounds but still thinks he is the little guy I picked up from the airport. Cash’s speed, tenacity, courage, determination and intelligence is undisputed