They jump, they swim, they fly. But most of all, they help apprehend bad guys.
Members of the Sacramento County Sheriff Department's canine corps show off their skills in a new photo tribute calendar for 2012.
With the theme "Action, Honor, Courage," the benefit calendar highlights 12 dogs and their deputy teammates. Proceeds help support retired dogs as well as active K9 partners.
The first 300 orders online also will receive a DVD of the calendar photo shoot, out takes and a special video saluting these dogs of action. Click on www.ssdk9.com.
The calendar is put together by the Sacramento Sheriff K9 Association. According to the association, the calendar honors "the courage and strength of our K9 partners through images that show them in their working environment - action shots meant to highlight the risks they take and the situations they enter without question and without fear to protect the citizens of our community."
"For more than six years, the Sacramento Sheriff K9 Association has provided care for the active and retired dogs of Sacramento County Sheriff's Department," explained Ryan Polli, who helped put together the calendar. "Through fundraisers like this calendar, the association has helped provide care, medical support, training, equipment and funerals for more than 20 loyal and much deserving animals.
"Our ongoing vision to care for our 'superhero' partners in a way that offers them only the best care, training and protective equipment as possible can only continue with the support of the community," Polli added.
Besides online sales, the calendar ($20) is available for pick-up at Sheldon Feed and Supply, 8928 Grant Line Road, Elk Grove, (916) 686-6400. Online orders are $26 including $6 for shipping and handling.