Members of the law enforcement community remember Mako

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He was originally imported from Poland... trained in Colorado... and Mako made his *debut* with the Rapid City Police in 2004 as one of the first dogs to serve in the K-9 program.
Mako had a long and successful 8-year career with the department, excelling in many areas of his training.
LaHaie says, "He was a joy to work with, he was an outstanding dog, he loved to go to work everyday."
While day-to-day scenarios varied, this German Shepherd was adept in narcotics detection, patrol work, which included searching buildings, tracking, recovering evidence, and apprehending suspects.
And Mako always was alert when it came to protecting his handler.
LaHaie says, "You know they're willing to go in without second guessing anything and that is a good benefit for us as a department and then for officers to send them in first to locate people and keep us safe on the outside."
When it was time for Mako to retire, LaHaie knew how much the dedicated dog loved to work and he thought Mako would get depressed having to stay at home while LaHaie got adjusted to his new partner.
So the Krause family invited Mako to live out the rest of his years in retirement with their family.
Krause says, "I'd say he was spoiled, and well-deserved."
But when Mako's health started to decline and his hip dysplasia and arthritis worsened, both LaHaie and the Krause family knew Mako's time was running out.
Krause says, "You know a German Shepherd's life span is generally 10-12 years and he's pushing 13 and that's pretty incredible for a dog that worked his whole life."
With every good thing comes an end, and for Mako his life leaves a lasting imprint on the community and the people who knew him best.
Krause says, "It was an honor and privilege for us to take him."
LaHaie says, "He was just a really good dog that I'll never forget."