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Ruby On K-9s For Cops

Earlier in August Ruby visited the bison in Custer State Park in South Dakota and last week the K-9s For Cops public art installation in her hometown of Chicago. It’s been quite a summer!

On display from July through Labor Day, K-9s for Cops honored the canine unit and fallen police officers while raising funds for the families of officers wounded or killed in the line of duty and free spay/neuter services for residents in economically challenged communities. K-9s For Cops included more than 100 54-inch-tall fiberglass German Shepard statues standing guard in downtown Chicago, primarily along the magnificent mile.

Ruby visits the K-9s For Cops

The statues were designed by Chicago artists and sponsored by local businesses and individuals. They will be auctioned off with the goal of raising $250,000 for the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation and PAWS Chicago. Here are a few of our favorites – sorry, we forgot to write down the artist’s name or title.

Wise words from K-9s for Cops

Ruby pays tribute to K-9s for Cop

Beautiful purple German Shepard statue is part K-9s for Chicago

Ruby takes a break a rest on the head of K-9s for Cops Chicago

Ruby was sadly not asked to model or participate in the K-9s for Cops campaign, but she still wanted to show support in her own special way. The K-9 Police Academy has also ignored her calls (she may have to give up the dream of being a K-9 hero and stick to blogging and just being cute).


  1. Bella Roxy & Macdui
    September 11, 2017 / 5:49 am

    Wow! Those are some impressive statues. We think you're very brave to go near them.

  2. Mark Muller
    September 11, 2017 / 6:04 am

    I wish I had to money for such a wonderful art piece… all paws are crossed that they bring a lot of money for a super good cause…

  3. Yamini MacLean
    September 11, 2017 / 10:02 am

    Hari OMthose are fantabaloosa!!! …and before I read your words, my favourite was also the 'nature lion dog'! Though to single it out is pawhaps unfair, fur they's all grrrrreat!!! Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  4. Emma
    September 11, 2017 / 10:44 am

    Now that looks like tons of photo fun! What a cool idea! Chicago seems to do the statue thing every year with a different theme.

  5. Madi and Mom
    September 11, 2017 / 2:06 pm

    Ruby what gorgeous K9 statues and OMCs look at you all fearless and standing with the big Dogs.WTG little friendHugs madi your bfff

  6. Brian
    September 11, 2017 / 4:05 pm

    That is a wonderful tribute to such dedicated heroes!

  7. ♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥
    September 11, 2017 / 5:16 pm

    Wow, what am amazing collection of awesome heroes!!! We have had similar creations here in KC with cows and rabbits, but these are just fantastic, AND for such a good cause.Ruby, we think you did a very good job of showing those heroes how to model quite impressively.Woos – Lightning, Misty, and What's My Name?

  8. Annie
    September 11, 2017 / 6:16 pm

    Thank you, Ruby. I love this! xo

  9. Marg
    September 11, 2017 / 7:34 pm

    Oh Ruby, what a fun thing for you to go to. Such great statues. And Ruby you fit right in with all of them.

  10. Molly the AireGirl
    September 11, 2017 / 7:56 pm

    Wow – the statues are gorgeous and you are so lucky to get to pose with them, Ruby!

  11. Idaho PugRanch
    September 11, 2017 / 9:14 pm

    Great posing with all the statues Ruby! hugsHazel & Mabel

  12. Millie and Walter
    September 11, 2017 / 11:17 pm

    Those are all so pretty. You are so cute posing with all of them Ruby.

  13. LBJ
    September 12, 2017 / 12:26 am

    That is SO cool. We live in Chicago, we need to go see that. Grandpa and Grandma were both Law Enforcement Officers, which makes it even cooler. Mom is just a boring fed who doesn't have a private jet to fly her around to solve crime like everyone on TV that has a job like hers. BORING Mom.Abby Lab

  14. The Swiss Cats
    September 12, 2017 / 6:41 am

    Those statues are pawsome ! Purrs

  15. Cathy Armato
    September 12, 2017 / 1:16 pm

    Wow, this is an extraordinary exhibit! I'd love to see these in person. What a beautiful way to honor fallen heroes, both human and canine. Thanks so much for sharing this stunning tribute!Love & Biscuits,Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  16. The Menagerie Mom
    September 12, 2017 / 3:05 pm

    Oh, this is so fantastic. The statues are stunning, and so are you, Ruby!

  17. Tails Around the Ranch
    September 12, 2017 / 3:24 pm

    What incredible artwork! I think you gave 'em a run for their money, Ruby with your pawsome posing. Well done and many thanks for sharing a cool exhibit for a great cause.

  18. Denise Gruzensky
    September 12, 2017 / 5:49 pm

    OMD, what a great concept! The statues are so unique and fun. It looks like Ruby had a great time! I love all of the pictures but especially the last one of her on top of the statues head between their ears.

  19. da tabbies o trout towne
    September 12, 2017 / 7:33 pm

    ruby…WHOA !!!!!!!!!!! theeze R total lee total lee awesum with a cap a tull Z ~~~~~ 984 pawz UP two de artist…job veree well done….and ewe R feerce N never let any one tell ya diffrunt !! ☺☺♥♥

  20. Momma Kat and Her Bear Cat
    September 13, 2017 / 5:09 am

    Dear Ruby, you can be whatever you want to be. Sure, you don't look like the other K-9 officers, but your limits are only the ones you place on yourself. You've done amazingly in fighting your fears to enjoy life – you've seriously kicked some @$$.

  21. Michelle Burgess
    September 13, 2017 / 12:53 pm

    These are fab! I bet the really brighten up the city and make people smile! I love the red one best. I hope they raise a lot of money too!

  22. Debi @ RescueDogs101
    September 13, 2017 / 3:27 pm

    I LOVE these. Makes me want to drive down to Chicago just to take my own pictures of them!!! Thanks for sharing.

  23. TheGirlWhoFacedTheWorld
    September 13, 2017 / 3:39 pm

    Adorable photos! I love the statues as well. 🙂 – Shelby G

  24. Lori Hilliard
    September 13, 2017 / 7:41 pm

    What a wonderful way to feature local artists and support K9's and police officers. I'm sure they're a magnificent display along the Miracle Mile. Do the statues say who the artists were?

  25. Groovy Goldendoodles
    September 13, 2017 / 7:57 pm

    What fun photos – that last one was PRICELESS!

  26. Unknown
    September 13, 2017 / 8:24 pm

    Oh those statues make me want to bark at them… you were so nice to sit quietly next to them! ~ Dear Mishu

  27. Alix Mitchell
    September 13, 2017 / 9:58 pm

    Great pictures! I had no idea this existed. Those statues are beautiful and what a great cause!

  28. Lola The Rescued Cat
    September 13, 2017 / 10:04 pm

    Ruby! We love these photos. Especially the one of you on the doggies head! MOL We're glad you're not giving up blogging to be a K9 cop.

  29. Beth Patterson
    September 13, 2017 / 10:18 pm

    What a great idea! I love that they combined honoring the canine unit with art! It would be tough to pick a favorite statue. Ruby is already a hero in my book.

  30. Kia
    September 14, 2017 / 12:53 am

    Wow those statues are awesome! Love the photos Ruby took with them!

  31. Dolly theDoxie
    September 14, 2017 / 1:52 am

    Well crap, I didn't realize the dogs are only up through Labor Day, guess I missed another blog opportunity! Your pictures are so good there is no way I could have done those with Dolly as she will only let me get about a foot away to take a picture! BTW I'm totally against the foundation but that's an opinion for another time! Sandra and Dolly

  32. Dash Kitten
    September 14, 2017 / 1:53 am

    Did I see some dogs like this in New York once? I remember the vivid impression of them but exactly where and when * aagghhh *These look AMAZING and FABulous and I wish I could see them for real!!!

  33. FiveSibesMom
    September 14, 2017 / 3:25 am

    Love this post! As the wife of NYS Trooper, and cousin and niece of NYPD officers, this touches home for me. Those statues of the K9 heroes are truly beautiful. They do something similar with horses in a nearby town. How I'd love to be a proud owner of one of these amazing works of canine art for so many reasons. Aw, Ruby, you are cute…maybe they will make you an honorary K9 hero and let you do a ride-along?!

  34. FiveSibesMom
    September 14, 2017 / 3:25 am

    Oh, PS – sharing and Pinning! 🙂

  35. Valentine
    September 14, 2017 / 6:30 pm

    All the doggie sculptures are so beautiful! I hope they brought in a lot of money. Ruby is a good lil' pup for help spreading the word!

  36. ShaylaS11
    September 14, 2017 / 8:01 pm

    Oh man, those are some stunning monumental statues! I love this idea! What a great chance to socialize your pal with something different too!

  37. The Ladies of Beaglebratz Manor
    September 16, 2017 / 2:43 am

    WOWZERZ! Thoze r sum neat doggiez Ruby – 2 bad they woodn't play with u. Oh an'that really iz not good that u wuz not asked 2 b a model or join the K-9 Police Academy – they obviously don't know how good u wood b.Lady Shasta'n Miss MaizieMom Kim here – love thoze statues – the colors are so bold and bright and the detail workmanship is wonderful.

  38. Three Chatty Cats
    September 20, 2017 / 1:40 pm

    Great photos! Ruby is just too stinkin' cute! And those statues are amazing!

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