Hal Henning

Hal Henning holds an Associates Degree in Criminal Justice and is currently the Public Safety Director for the City of Sand Point Alaska. He has over 20 years of  experience in Law Enforcement, during which time he served as a Patrol Officer, K9 Officer, Public Information Officer, Community Services Officer and Chief of Police. He has also served in the Major Crimes Unit, Domestic Abuse Task Force and most importantly, the Retired Paws Board. 

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Greg LaLonde

Greg LaLonde is a board member and volunteer for Retired Paws.  Greg has been a law enforcement officer since 1999 and has been a canine handler/trainer since 2005.  

Chris Dudding

Thank you for your interest in Retired Paws!  I am a U.S. Border Patrol Agent and have been a canine handler for 11 years.  I became a canine instructor in 2007 and I am also a National Police Canine Association Certifying Official.  During my canine career, I have had the honor to be the handler for three different canines.Read More

Bill Akins

Thank you for visiting Retired Paws.  In July of 2011 I had an idea to help retired law enforcement canines; with a lot of help from many people my idea became a reality.  I am currently a United States Border Patrol Agent Canine Instructor.  I have been working with detection canines for over 10 years and I love everything about the canine program.  Throughout my career working with canines, I have become amazed and I am in awe of some of the capabilities that these four-legged heroes can do.  I know there were times my canine probably saved my life and some of the lives of the Agents that I was working with. I feel a great sense of gratitude to my partner, but I also feel I owe her something for everything that she has done for me and this country. I wanted to set up this organization to aid the canines once they retire from law enforcement to help them live a better life.Read More


Arlett-D was a retired detection canine from the United States Border Patrol. She worked in Texas from December of 2009 until June of 2015 when she was medically retired after suffering from a stroke. This did not prevent her from enjoying life however. Unfortunately, in May of 2017, Arlett developed a liver infection and crossed the rainbow bridge. Retired Paws is always saddened to hear this type of news, but is glad we could assist in her time of need.Read More


Lucky-A is a retired detection canine from the United States Border Patrol. Lucky proudly worked in the Tucson Sector from April of 2010 until December of 2016.

While Lucky was in service, he was known for being a fantastic tracking canine and was responsible for thousands of pounds of narcotics being taken off the streets. He was a loyal companion and friend to his handler.Read More


Barry is a retired detection canine from U.S. Customs. He worked at the Port of Champlain in New York from October of 2006 until September of 2013. During his very successful career, Barry was responsible for seizing tens of millions of dollars worth of narcotics, and he was the first canine on the northern border to find two humans being smuggled on a boat!Read More


Ruger was a retired patrol canine from the United States Border Patrol. On February 17, 2017, Ruger was laid peacefully to rest surrounded by friends and family.

Ruger was definitely a unique canine with a great personality. He was an incredible working dog, partner, and friend to his handler.Read More


Shari is a retired patrol canine from the United States Border Patrol. Shari worked with the Tucson Sector Border Patrol Tactical Unit from June of 2013 until October of 2016 and was the first female patrol canine in the USBP!!

She assisted in 225 human apprehensions, nearly 8,000 pounds of marijuana being seized, and 11 physical apprehensions. She is a “badass!”Read More


Laura is a retired detection canine from the United States Border Patrol. She worked from April of 2010 until June of 2016 at the Murrieta Border Patrol Station. Laura’s most significant seizure was 19,439 pounds of marijuana which resulted in the discovery of an international border tunnel. Laura assisted in the seizure of currency and narcotics valued at $18,242,634 during her career. What a fantastic dog!Read More

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