Greater Cincinnati Poodle Club Supports Local K-9 “Gator”

By Loren Bengtson

At one of our recent meetings, the Greater Cincinnati Poodle Club (GCPC) welcomed Officer Craig Heintzelman of the Amelia Police Department and his canine partner, “Gator”.  Gator showed off his narcotics detection abilities while Officer Heintzelman explained the other missions that Gator can accomplish, such as clearing buildings, tracking, and officer protection. 

Officer Heintzelman also visited the meeting to thank the club for its generous donation of $500 towards the purchase of a ballistic vest, commonly known as a bulletproof vest, for Gator. 

The Greater Cincinnati Poodle Club is pleased to be able to support our local police canine partners and hopes that Gator will never need to prove that the vest works.  

GCPC also sponsors AKC sanctioned events in the Cincinnati area and the club’s rescue committee helps place unwanted Poodles with new owners who are seeking a companion.  More information is available at the club’s website at


Police K-9 Demo