IN LOVING MEMORY OF INSPECTOR GADGET
NAIS MASCOT PASSES AWAY
 


Gadget At Home

Inspector Gadget's Dog Collar With Her Badge.
After Almost Over Ten Years, I Just Can Not Throw
It Away. It Stays In My Jewelry Box Next To My Watch.

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Our 12 year companion Inspector Gadget, a half chow and half husky who's almost always by my side got hit by a car over the weekend and died Tuesday, May 13th. The rascal actually gnawed through a one inch thick wooden fence making a hole big enough to squeeze through and got out of the yard.
Inspector Gadget has been by my side through 12 book authorships, 4 book updates, 187 newsletters, development of the NAIS web site and almost 30 MB of web pages, 72 Investigative catalog editions and dozens of meetings and conferences requiring important decisions. She has helped me through many difficult times, some of which I'm not sure I would have been able to get through without her.
Inspector Gadget was a fixture at the NAIS office and had the pleasure of getting to know many NAIS members, investigators and law enforcement officers and was often thought of as the NAIS mascot. Inspector Gadget's passing is a deep personal tradgy for Barbara and myself. We will cherish the great memories we had with her during her 12 year stay on plant earth.

SOME FINE MEMORIES OF A GREAT FRIEND



Gadget With Ralph


TEN THINGS INSPECTOR GADGET LIKED:
1) PEOPLE ESPECIALLY INVESTIGATORS & POLICE OFFICERS
2) CHILDREN
3) FOOD (Just about any kind would do)
4) CHEWING ON LEATHER SHOES
5) BURYING STUFF IN HER BACK YARD FOR LATTER USE
6) GOING FOR RIDES IN THE CAR
7) RIDING IN BOATS
8) BEING IN THE COUNTRY AND RUNNING
9) JUST ABOUT ANYTHING THAT SMELLED FUNNY
10) SLEEPING ON RALPH'S FEET WHILE HE COMPUTED

 


Gadget With Barbara

WHERE DOGS GO WHEN THEY PASS AWAY
A SPECIAL POST TITLED RAINBOW RIDGE

FIVE THINGS INSPECTOR GADGET DIDN'T LIKE:
1) RAIN
2) CATS
3) SWIMMING
4) GETTING A BATH
5) AIR CONDITIONING SOUND

We went down and got a nice German Sheppard we named PDee (PD for Police Dog). Inspector Gadget was a true and faithful friend and I will miss her very much but PDee is helping to ease the pain and should make a great and loved companion. No dog could replace Inspector Gadget, these wonderful creatures with souls and hearts certainly have their own personality. Gadget certainly had a unique one and so does PDee.
My Best

Ralph Thomas
National Association Of Investigative Specialists, Inc.
http://www.pimall.com/nais
Email RThomas007@aol.com
May 15th, 1997
FROM: Ralph And Barbara Thomas
National Association Of Investigative Specialists, Inc.
The below is some of the letters we have received in memory of Gadget.
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NOTE:
Inspector Gadget was treated by Doctor Jeanna Olan who was Gadget's regular vet. She opened the Block House Creek Animal Hospital up for her late Saturday night and stayed with her throughout the night and almost all of Sunday. Even on her one day off on Monday, she came in to check on Gadget. Below is a note faxed to Doctor Olan.
Doctor Jeanna Olan
Block House Creek Animal Clinic
Leander, Texas
Dear Doctor Olan :
Barbara and I wanted to thank you from the bottom of our heart for everything you did and the services rendered that we feel went way above and beyond the call of duty in your efforts to save Inspector Gadget. Your services are very important to us and we rest easy in knowing that such a good vet is in our community.
Gadget lived a full and happy life with us and was likely one of the most happiest and spoiled dog in our nation. She was also the official mascot of The National Association Of Investigative Specialists. Tuesday we went to the Humane Society and got a small German Sheppard named PDee (PD for police dog). Although we understand that PDee can not replace Inspector Gadget, she's going to make a great companion and new mascot for NAIS.
We thought you would like to see the comments coming in from police officers and private investigators from around the country on the passing of Inspector Gadget so I'm attaching them to the end of this post to you.
Again, our sincere thanks to you and your staff from the bottom of our hearts.
Ralph And Barbara

INSPECTOR GADGET'S FAN
MAIL AND CONDOLENCES
FAN MAIL FOR JUNE

Dear Ralph,
You have my deepest sympathy. Loosing a dog is like loosing a person. You
spent so much time with the dog that you loved him. Why not? He gave only
love in return.
I have many friends who have lost dogs and it's always the same thing.
When my horse, Asdar, died of colic, my partner and I were all upset about
it. Although you can't have the interaction with a horse that you can with a
dog, it was a big loss to us. So it goes.
I think the way to try to handle it, is to reflect on the good times and
pleasure you had with your dog.
Time is the great healer and I hope you will find pleasure with your new dog.
It's time to go to sleep.
Melvin Powers
Author And Publisher
Author Of:
How To Get Rich In Mail Order
How To Make Money With Classified Ads
How To Publish Your Own Book
Dynamic Thinking
Web Site
http://www.mpowers.com

Ralph:
Sorry to hear of the passing of Gadget, but just like us,
hopefully he will be able to pursue his vocation in that small section
reserved for PI's in the great beyond.
Leonard D. Topley, Sr. P.I.
Boggie (My faithful Siberian Huskey)
EMAIL: topleypi@sgi.net
Hi Mr. Thomas,
My heart felt condolences for your friend Gadget. I'm sure the big guy
upstairs will see to it that she is cared for while you are apart. I
lost my last dog "Woolf" a couple of years ago when she was hit, and it
took a while to recover partly because I did not have the sense to get
another pup. Good call on that.
Thanks for all of your work over the years.
Robert Young
Intermountain Bail Enforcement
Private Investigations. Voice/Fax: (208) 882 - 3228 (USA)
Publishers of "Professional Bail Enforcement" and
"The Modern Skip Tracer: Head Hunting in the 21st Century"
http://users.moscow.com/ibe/
Ralph,
It does hurt so when we loose our k-9 companions.
they give so much, asking nothing in return.
they are content just to be with us, to love us without question, without
reserve, without condition.
Our lives are so much better for having shared our journey with our dogs.
The loss of such a beloved family member leaves a void in our hearts, and
emptiness in our homes.
I am sending you this copy of "Rainbow Bridge"
May Inspector Gadget live happily in your memories.
Selene
Windancr@cris.com
She Who Watches and Waits

Ralph:
Just a few words to express my condolences on the loss of one of life's true friend's. I have experienced this twice and fear I will again soon. It is always a deep sense of loss. You have done what I always recommend in these sorrowful circumstances....find another friend to help ease that pain. Dogs give so much it is always a good lesson on how to be a human friend, without question or demands in return. When I got the word from my wife that my "Fiesty" had cancer I was on patrol in a marked car and started crying like a baby! I know I will do the same this time sans the police car. We will undoubtedly do as you have done, give a good home to a new, well deserving, friend and companion. Again, I am sorry for your loss but I know that God could not have designed Heaven without a place for Inspector Gadget.
Bill Howard
Police Officer
WHoward333@aol.com
Dear Ralph and Barbara,
I'm sorry to hear of your loss. Inspector Gadget sounded like a cool dog. I think it's harder to lose a dog then a person sometime, because of their mastery of "unconditional love". I hope PDee fills the void.
Kind regards,
Steve Pitonyak, L.P.I.
(Vermont Licensed Private Investigator)
FAN MAIL FOR MAY
Ralph,
I am sorry to hear about your loss, I know how hard that can be on a person. Now you get to have some new times with PDee, lots of training ahead! How old is the new dog?
Joseph Seanor
CIBIR, Alexandria, Va.
Former CIA Employeee
Computer Crime Investigations

Ralph,

My true sympathies on the loss of your dog. Although I frequently grumble about our mostly Black Labrador mutt named Carter (named after the baseball player Gary Carter of the New York Mets some nine years ago), I know how painful it can be to have a pet expire.

I do hope you find PD to be man's new best friend.

 

Best Wishes
Bob Mackowiak
Publisher Of PI Magazine
Marketing Consutlant
Author Of How To Market Your Investigative Agency
PIMag1@aol.com



Ralph:

I'm very sorry to hear about your dog. I know how strong the bond can be and what a loss you must be feeling. The more I learn about some members of the human race, the higher my regard for animals.

 

Best,
Ted Swift
ACM Research
Author: Wiretap Detection Techniques
Former Army Counterintelligence Officer
Former Security/Intelligence Specialist, Drug Enforcement Adminstration
Countermeasures Instructor: Texas A&M University


Ralph,
Sorry to hear that. I had a dog for over 14 years, which basically became a "human" being in the family. It was sadder than hell and I know what your going through. I think it is a great idea to get another dog to help ease the pain.
Sincerely,
Ronald A. Kern
President
Shadow Trackers Investigative Services
shadow.tracker@idibbs.com
Ralph,
We are very sorry to hear of your loss. The memories are worth more than anything. Hopefully some of the companionship can be replaced by the new recruit! Good luck and keep your chin pointed skyward!
Carl Wilburn
K.T.I. of Missouri
kti805@aol.com
Missouri Licensed Private Investigator
Ralph,
I am sorry for your loss. My wife and I both know what it means to have such a companion. Two years ago we lost our dog that had become our child basically. We have been married for 23 years and were unable to have children. This was a major loss for us.
Since our loss we acquired a new dog like yourself. Though it is hard to say goodbye to an old friend we have found a new companion in our lives.
They differ in temperament and of course we will never forget
our former companion Goldie, a Golden Retriever and Samoa mix. Our new little lady of the house, Ruffles, not a name we chose but already chosen for her, is as lovable and fun if
not more than our former friend.
Ruffles is part Golden Retriever and we don't know what else. I know you will soon learn to grow and love your new friend as well.. I know the feeling... My condolences.
Joe Black
InfoQuest Investigative Services
Texas Licensed Private Investigator
Tyler, Texas
As an anamial lover and pet owner, I share your grief. I am very sorry about your loss. Buddy
Fromer Louisiana State Tropper
Licensed Private Investigator
Past Director, Louisiana State Investigative Licensing
Your LOUISIANA Connection
Bombet, Cashio & Associates
http://www.bombet.com
Ralph,
I am SO sorry to hear about your dog. My heart goes out to you my friend.
My lab is now 12 years old. Had him since he was born and I could hold him in one hand. His hips are starting to fail, he wobbles, falls down from time to time and it hurts me so very much.
I cannot not bear the thought of finality.
Know that you gave your dog unrelinquished love and It was returned many fold over.
Both Maria and I share in your loss and offer you our humble sympathy.
Harvey Morse
Assistant Police Chief
Florida Licensed Investigative Agency
Ponce Inlet, Florida
hmorse@dbeach.com
1-800-410-4347 Phone 1-800-410-5665 Fax
(904) 253-9999 (904) 253-9922
[My comments are my own, and may not be reflective
of my agency nor any organization with which I may
be affiliated.]
NOTE:
A personal discussion via email took place after Mr. Morese's letter. Thomas evidently wanted to buy the Morse family dog a T-bone stake cooked medium rare but Mr. Mrose said he didn't have to send Thomas the bill for one as he gets them for his lap all the time anyway.


Ralph,
I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Your puppy sounded beautiful -- and fluffy - a chow & Husky mix, you say -- and I'm sure was a loving companion.
I too am an animal lover. Now with two cats, I had a wonderfully affectionate cat who died of cancer at 16 years of age a few years ago -- longer than many marriages! -- who I took for chemotherapy treatments and all.
I'm glad to hear you have another pet.
Best,
Sharon Mcdonnell
New York Times Journalist
Writer

Ralph And Barbara:
My condolences. My 14-yr-old Pitbull is still going strong...I can't believe her stamina for her age...but she's got some signs, like memory loss--forgets she's housetrained, crabbyness--actually bite-fights over anyone sitting on HER sofa, and demanding--TELLS me when she wants to go for a walk instead of just asking. A dog takes about 10 years to train us right, it seems.
Scott Bressette, Phoenix, Arizona breset@doitnow.com
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Ralph And Barbara:
I'm sorry to hear about the loss of your "beloved" pet. Time heals.
With Sympathy,
Cindy & Pat Taylor - Shaw Investigative Agency
CHANCEMAX@aol.com
Hi
A "soul" is a "soul" no matter if its in the body of a dog or a human. May your heart be eased of the pain, may Pdee bring you joy, and with a touch of humor, perhaps Gadget had the scent of an inusrance fraud and knawed through the fence trying to get him.
Your in my thoughts and prayers
INVESTIGATOR AND STAFF
mscluso@aol.com
Ralph,
My condolences to you. There's alot of people out there that don't understand how good a companion a dog can be. We've got five at home (3 are stray rescues) and one is my special buddy that goes everywhere I go. His name is Buster, a standard poodle, who is a miracle because he's got epilepsy and used to have cluster seizures. He was on phenobarb for over a year and it was killing him. We took him off it and now he's just taking potassium bromide and he's back to his old self...Anyway, I know the special bond one can have with their dog and I wish you best of luck with PDee.
Regards,
Chris Miller
FYI Investigations, Inc.
Columbus, Ohio
Ohio Licensed Investigative Agency
Ralph,
Many say a dog becomes one of the family. In my case my dog Jesse
is my family. I am truly sorry for your loss.
RJ
ALLY Investigative Services 1(888)-ALLYPIS
San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Lake Counties, CA
CA License #19282
WWW web site: http://www.thegrid.net/rbacon/allypi.htm
Emailid: allypi@information4u.com
1.800.809.2419
http://www2.netcom.com/~fyinc/solutions.html
Ralph:
Sincere condolences on Iosing Insp. Gadget. "Fred", my Afghan, has been my loyal companion through countless writing sessions. I couldn't imagine losing him.
The guy who came up with the term "Man's best friend" knew what he was talking about, didn't he?
Robert Scott
California Licensed Private Investigator
Author: Investigator's Little Black Book
OneAgency@aol.com

RALPH AND BARBARA:
MY DEEPEST CONDOLENCES GOES OUT TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY REGARDING THE DEATH OF INSPECTOR GADGET. YOU DID NOT LOSE A DOG NOR A MASCOT, YOU LOST A FAMILY MEMBER. YOU DID THE BEST THING TO ALLEVIATE THE PAIN A LITTLE BIT-YOU TOOK IN A RELATIVE OF HIS. I.G. IS LOOKING DOWN ON YOUR FAMILY WITH RELIEF KNOWING THAT THERE IS A CHANCE THAT HE WON'T SEE HIS EARTHLY FAMILY SAD. INSPECTOR GADGET WILL BE REMEMBERED FOR THE HAPPY MOMENTS TOGETHER WITH HIS FAMILY.
MS13 ANONI
Investigator
Ralph,
Sorry to hear about the loss of your canine companion.
As an ole farm boy who has had many dogs and other pets during my life to date, I consider dogs to be the best pets. Because they love to hang out with humans better than any other domesticated animal.
Please be advised that I am partial to shepards, as when growing up in central FL as a wild and energetic 3 - 9 year old, I had a german shepard, Sarge, who was my constant companion. My parents called me the escape artist, as they never knew I had gone until one of the neighbors would
call them to come get me and "that damn dog," because in the early years, I was 4 or so, and would get tired of walking and sit down. Sarge wouldn't let anybody (or anything) touch me.
Sarge is one of the main reasons that I survived those years of wandering thru the hills and dales and lakes, and dealing with the flora and fauna
of Central FL during the '50's.
I've since tried to return the favor by having at least one german shepards live (and hang out) with my family at all times.
As you may well know, please be advised that most people don't realize that shepards take 2 - 3 years to mature. I've had aquaintences who get shepards, and they can't understand why even though their dog is 2 years old, it still has some puppy traits, e.g. they don't think it is aggressive enough.
Enjoy your new friend.
Ted Borck
tborck@netcom.com
Investigators, Inc. Agency Lic # A 0000023
12,000 Biscayne Blvd. 800/543-3329 v
Suite # 305 305/892-0925 v
Miami, FL 33181 305/892-6385 f
Florida Licensed Private Investigator
www.investigatorsinc.com
Ralph,
I am very sorry to hear of the loss of Inspector Gadget. Us real tough guys can really develop an attachment to our pets( actually they are a family member.) A few years ago I lost my 3 year old cocker spaniel "Shammy" because of some surgery he had. I was so attached to him, that I went in to a state of depression. My wife and daughter were so worried about me because I used to sit by his grave site for hours crying. My wife spoke to our Vet and she advised that I should have another cocker spaniel, but it was important to remember that he would never replace "Shammy" and they all have their own personalities. Well that was 5 years ago and Beauregard is black, not buff colored but you would swear that he is Shammy reincarnated. I hope you don't mind this lengthy e-mail and I hope it helps you with your loss. I know that writing you this made me think of all the good times with
Shammy again.
God Bless
Gary- private investigator
Email: gburkepi@netohio.net
Ralph And Barbara:
Sorry to hear of your loss. I know of your pain. I lost my dog of 10
years, 2 weeks ago to liver failure.
Warren Levicoff, Private Detective
International Detective Services
Philadelphia Penna-Lic#Ms128-Tel: 215 576 6909
Monterey/Salinas Calif-LIc# PI8830
Ralph and Barbara:
Having recently lost my Father and one of my dogs, Chelsea, I can certainly relate to how you feel. I think what you wrote was a nice little tribute to your good friend and I know he would appreciate it.
A woman from Minneapolis named Sandy Tearse once wrote to Dear Abby with a poem concerning her dog, Beau. She had lost Beau after sixteen years. She wrote the poem from Beau's perspective to help those who lost their pets. The last line of the poem says it all. In it Beau says "I shall leave this earth knowing with the last breath I draw that my fate was always safest in your hands." It's obvious to me that you cared deeply for Inspector Gadget and that he probably felt that way. My thoughts are with you, my friend.
Jim
Jim Ley
DataLink Investigative Services, Inc.
Post Office Box 41282
St. Petersburg, Florida 33743-1282
(813) 381-8500
(813) 345-8324 Fax
Email: gumshoe@IntNet.net
Dear Ralph
It is with great distress that we learned of the passing of Inspector Gadget. We wish that your saddness be short and your memories be sweet
Jerry R. Krafft & Mikie
Colorado Springs Investigations
EMAIL: Viper175@aol.com
My sincere condolences.
Ralph And Barbara:
I am a new NAIS Member, however, I can understand the loss of a loved one, especially one of man's best friend. Best hopes to a long life with PD.
Ray Tenorio
Investigator
dsa@kuentos.guam.net
Ralph And Barbara:
I am sorry for your loss of a good friend.
Stacy Andrews
Investigator
sandrews@knowx.com
Ralph,
I was very sorry to hear about Inspector Gadget today. I know what its like to lose a good companion like Inspector. I lost my German Shepard, Starr, several years ago and have never forgot her loyality and companionship.
My Best,
Dan Hodge,CEO
D.A.H. Investigative Consultants
OH - KY - FL - UK
888-249-2404
http://www.pimall.com/dah/dah.html
DEYE007@aol.com

Dear Mr.Thomas

I was very sad to hear about your loving Pet Inspector Gadget.I know
what it means to lose a best friend & companion.They become ONE OF THE
FAMILY.I hope your new companion can become Your NEW PARTNER.

Dennis R...(New York)



Ralph:

Sorry to hear about your friend and mascot passing on to the next room. I have experienced the loss of mans best friend and can feel your pain.


Your Friend

Tom Hoy

AM/PM Investigations
Costa Rica



Dear Ralph

My sincere condolences on the loss of your companion. Several years ago I lost a great pheasant hunting dog who gave me countless hours of pleasure and like you my dog was my constant companion. I had raised and trained her myself and missed her terribly when she died. I swore I would never become that attached to a pet again. WRONG! My son has a cocker spaniel who is the sweetest dog ever born.

Today he is in the hospital getting a foxtail removed from his ear. Although this is a simple procedure, he had to be anesthesized because it was embedded so deeply in his ear.

When he gets home and feeling up to it, I am going to take him for a nice long walk---his favorite activity.

Ed Mabry
EMC Professional Services


Hi Ralph:
I'm sorry to hear about Inspector Gadtget...sounds like you had a wonderful freind. Glad to hear about PDee, sounds like you'll have another long-time loyal friend! Take care.
My Sympathies,
Kailin Terry



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