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Obituary for a Blaine K-9

Sad news from the Blaine Police Department.

K-9 YOSCHI 6/19/2000 – 9/19/2013 It is with great sadness that the Blaine Police Department announces the loss of our beloved retired K-9 Yoschi. He succumbed to the natural process of old age on Thursday, September 19, 2013.
Yoschi joined the department thanks to generous donations received from throughout the community, and he and his handler, Officer Michael Munden, began their first day of school on September 11, 2001. Yoschi served the citizens of Blaine and Whatcom County for 8 years. He was deployed approximately 1076 times in his career, including tracks for suspects, searches for drugs and assistance to other officers on traffic stops, sometimes just to increase officer safety and act as a deterrent to prevent vehicle occupants from making unsafe choices. In one year alone Yoschi found a combined total weight 333.4 lbs Methamphetamine, 325.8 lbs Marijuana and ¼ lb of Cocaine.
After retiring from the department in 2009, Yoschi lived out his life with his handler Michael Munden and his family, while remaining very much a part of the department’s family as well.
Yoschi was the beginning of a new era for the Blaine Police Department and helped to reshape our definition of “police work”. In a way that only a dog could do, he melted the hearts of many and helped to strengthen the bridge between the men and women of the department and the community. All the while he worked to catch those who wished to do our community harm and protected his partner with fierce loyalty.
We gratefully acknowledge his many years of dedicated service to the City of Blaine and its citizens. His tireless efforts and continued commitment to the protection of life and property made our community a safer place. On behalf of the victims he made to feel safe and the people whose lives he changed for the better, we extend our condolences to the Munden family. Thank you for your service Yoschi. May you forever rest in peace.