K9 Shaka is a New York native. Found as a stray, she was adopted out to a home with another female dog. Upon arriving home, the resident dog tore her up, and Shaka was returned to the shelter. There she waited, patiently, for several months. Her high energy and Betty Davis eyes seemed to deter people from adopting her.
When LawDogs director Diane Jessup flew back to New York, looking for suitable dogs, Shaka was brought for testing by Cyd Cross of Out of the Pits rescue. Shaka looked great, and after a slight delay, was shipped out to Washington State.
It is common when testing dogs, for owners to make excuses about why their dog won’t perform. Most commonly people state the dog is tired, or just came out of a kennel, or had to ride in a car – or other normal excuses. Well! Shaka arrived from New York on a jet, was unloaded. Diane let her take a potty break at the airport, then loaded her in a van and drove almost 2 hours to the Washington State Patrol training center. She was jumped out of the van, and her leash was handed to Steve Gardner. She was tested then and there and passed with flying colors.
Shaka started the class one week later than the other dogs, but quickly caught up and even exceeded her classmates. She partnered up with Officer Thad Eakins and is now working narcotics detection in Washougal, Washington.