SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Police departments from around the state showed off their talented canine officers Saturday at the K-9 Competition at Silke Field.
Springfield K-9 Officer Brian Keetle said the competition is a great way for police departments to connect with the community while showcasing the skills of their K-9 units.
“We just have such a great relationship with the city of Springfield, and we get such a huge group every time,” Officer Keetle said. “So it's just an opportunity for us to give back. It's a free event and we want them to see what we can do.”
This was the first year seasoned K-9 competitor Keetle entered the events with his new co-worker named Troll.
“My favorite even has always been the obstacle course. It's long so you got to be in shape, you have to have really good timing with your dogs. I just retired Bronco - my last dog - and that was his best event,” Keetle said.
Hundreds of people turned out to cheer on their favorite K-9 officer teams, and had a chance to meet their favorite dogs after the show.
For families like the Dooley’s, the annual event is a good chance to get out and enjoy the sun.
“We thought we'd bring the kids out… get some nice weather on Father's Day weekend. So I thought it'd be a good chance to get out of the house,” Gerald Dooley said.
While the sunny, warm weather was a big reason to venture out to Springfield High School for the competition, sisters Bailey and Jordan said it best; it's all about the dogs.
“It’s just fun to watch all the dogs, and see how they they're trained … and when they're chasing somebody,” Bailey and Jordan said. “You can't really see it, but here you know how they do it how hard they work."