Frank Romano is the owner and operator of “ Dogfather K9 Connections”. His dream of owning a kennel services facility finally came true in 2011 after 24 years of experience with canines. Frank is dedicated to providing a honest, clean, safe, and fun environment for all of his K9 customers.
Frank’s love for dogs started early in life when at the age of 4 his parents apartment was burglarized and they lost all their valuable possessions. Since his family purchased their first German Shepherd puppy named Heidi, dogs have always been a significant part of his family and life.
In 1987, while on active duty in the U.S. Army Military Police, Frank entered the Department of Defense’s Military Working Dog Program. He is a graduate from the Patrol Dog Course, received Honor Graduate in the Detector Dog course, and graduated from the Kennelmaster/Supervisor/Trainers Course in 1991. He was the only Army Kennelmaster to work , deploy, and transfer with a Bomb Patrol Dog from 1991-1995. He served in the United States and was deployed abroad. He quickly became a troubleshooter for the Forces Command, establishing and renovating kennels that were unable to get certified for years. He received numerous awards and medals for his work in the Military Working Dog Program. In 1995 he ended his 11 year Active Duty Army career and entered the U.S. Army Active Reserves where he retired as a Master Sergeant in 2004.
In 1995, Frank was hired by the California Highway Patrol, where he served as a K9 officer, division and departmental K9 trainer for 18 of his 20 years with the agency.
In 1997, Frank was awarded Marin County Peace Officer of the Year. He then became the CHP Golden Gate Division’s Master K9 Trainer.
In 2000, he was assigned a Departmental K9 named “Rexx”. He and his K9 Partner were very successful both on the streets serving the community and in competition. Rexx assisted in many arrests, and was in the so called “million dollar club” for his seizure of approximately four million dollars in narcotics and approximately one million dollars in seized asset forfeiture. In 2001 Rexx won 3 Gold Medals and 1 Bronze Medal at the Police Olympics. In 2002 Rexx was Western States Police Canine Association Canine of the year. The team won 48 trophies at Police K9 trials over Rexx’s career.
In 2008, Rexx developed cancer and passed away. Frank needed a change to help with getting over the loss of his partner Rexx. Frank was asked to take a job as the Departmental Master K9 Trainer at Headquarters in Sacramento. Here he was responsible for testing potential K9 candidates for purchase, training the dogs and handlers at the academy, running the kennels, and assisting with running the Departmental K9 program.
Frank is a California Police Officer Safety Training K9 Evaluator and a Trainer/Certification Official for the CNCA K9 Association. Frank has judged numerous Police K9 trials.
In 2010, Frank decided he wanted to go back to the road and work with a police K9. Frank was assigned a new K9 named “Becks” and in April 2010 he and Becks hit the streets. Becks served as an explosive detection and patrol dog.
Frank and Becks retired from the California Highway Patrol in February, 2016.
Frank is dedicated to the success of the Dogfather K9 Connections and the clients he serves.