More than 75 guests gathered at Tootsies to pay tribute to the specialty store's founder Mickey Rosmarin in an unusual and endearing way. Rosmarin, who passed away unexpectedly in June, was honored with the introduction of the newest member of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office K9 Unit, a German Shorthaired Pointer named Mickey.
Rosmarin's longtime friend K9s4COPs founder Kristi Schiller came up with the idea to name the special dog in his honor. The Houston-based non-profit donates fully-trained K9 dogs to law enforcement agencies in 24 states and internationally in Paris.
After months of training, K9 Mickey, accompanied by his handler, deputy Jeremy Sanchez, mingled with members of the community that he will now serve. K9 Mickey is trained to locate electronic storage devices, including cell phones, often smuggled into correctional facilities and detention centers.
Rosmarin, a native Houstonian and longtime retailer, was the king of Houston's fashion scene for more than 30 years. His sister, Susie Rosmarin, was at the event to accept the honor and told the crowd that he would have loved the honor.
Supporters on-hand for the big night were K9s4COPs executive director Roseann Rogers, John Schiller, Tracy Krohn, Jennifer and Bryan Caswell, Lara and Brent Milam, Roxanne DeLeon, Emily Capps, Gail Wood, and several members of the Harris County Sheriff’s Department, including Lt. Giasile Goudeau, Sgt. Chris Moore, Sgt. Mike Thomas, Lt. Tommy Shelton, and Sgt. David Cruzan.
K9s4COPs board members Laurie Krohn, Preston Hall, Holly Thompson, Sara Kinney, Dave Deleon, and Dr. Aashish Shah were also in attendance.