K9 Brek may be the youngest of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office puppies, but he still manages to help his fellow K9 colleagues across the state by appearing in a coloring book to benefit the Georgia Police K9 Foundation.
The foundation has partnered with Fox + Hound to create “A K9’s Christmas Story” and includes K9 storylines and illustrations from across the country. Brek’s manager Assistant Mike Santana has worked with the K9 for the past year and considers it an honor to include Brek in the 18 page coloring book.
“He’s a pretty fun dog to work with and they did a good job showing it off (in the coloring book),” Santana said. “There are a lot of dogs they could have chosen, and luckily he was one of them.”
Brek isn’t the only local K9 helping the foundation – the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office K9s Gajes, Mano, Mally, Flip, Nuk and their managers will be on a 2022 schedule with K9 teams from across Georgia.
The calendar and coloring book are $ 20 each and can be purchased at shopfoxandhound.com. The profits will go to the foundation, which provided K9 protective vests, thermal alarms, Narcan kits, first aid kits to the K9s. They have also assisted retired K9s and provided training materials and seminars to K9 teams across the state. One of the training seminars to receive funding will be held at the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Training Center in March, according to Santana. About 40 K9s are expected to attend the training.