K-9 Klif's replacement takes over Armstrong job after graduation
A police dog became part of Armstrong County's law enforcement team when he graduated from the Pittsburgh Police Canine Academy on Friday.
The Armstrong County District Attorney's Office's new dog, Mibo, an 18-month-old German shepherd and Belgian malinois mix, is trained to sniff out drugs and bombs — like his predecessor, Klif, who was retired this year after being stricken by a crippling disease.
Mibo trained at the Pittsburgh academy for 12 weeks before his graduation, said Detective Mark Heider, who was Klif's handler and will now lead his replacement.
“Graduation naturally brings some excitement and relief after weeks of working with Mibo to get him trained,” Heider said. “But it's a little bittersweet, since it brings a real sense of finality to Klif's career.”
Heider has been bringing Mibo to his home in Sarver for several weeks to get acclimated with his work schedule and develop a bond.
“Klif isn't too happy about it — he's looking at me like, ‘Why are you bringing this new guy into our home?' ” Heider said. “He'll get used to Mibo, but Klif still likes to occasionally give me his guilt trip look for not taking him with me.”
Eight-year-old Klif has been adjusting to early retirement while getting the therapy he needs to keep him steady as his incurable disease progresses, Heider said.
The Region 13 Task Force, an emergency response group representing 13 southwestern counties, purchased Klif's replacement for $7,000. Donations will cover some of Mibo's training and equipment costs. The District Attorney's office will foot the rest of the bill and cover ongoing care and feeding expenses.
“Mibo has got big shoes to fill. Klif always did an outstanding job,” District Attorney Scott Andreassi said. “But we're confident the new dog will also do a great job.”
Brad Pedersen is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-543-1303, ext. 1337, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.