A: Sadie, a black Labrador retriever, served as the canine model for the statue. Sadie is the canine partner of Jerry Means, an arson dog handler with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. Means was first inspired to create the monument because of the noble work done by his previous dog, Erin.
Sadie was named the Law Enforcement/Arson Dog of the Year at the 2011 American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards(tm), a celebration of the nation’s bravest heroes on both ends of the leash. To read more about the monument, click here.
Source: American Humane Association