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Wade Gummin

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Phone: 608-692-0531


K9 Freyja


Wade Gummin began his Law Enforcement career in 1991 with the Honolulu Police Department. In 2004 Wade returned to his home state of Wisconsin and began with the City of Madison Police Department. Wade's interest in working dogs began while growing up on his family farm. That interest progressed into training his first dog in obedience, showmanship, and constant field companion as a teenager. In 2007 Wade become involved with the Madison Police Department K9 Unit as a department certified decoy.



Freyja Is half Belgian Malinois and half German Shepherd. Her parents are both working dogs that showed incredible drive and sociability.  Freyja was named in honor of Carren’s first working dog Norse. Freyja was a Norse goddess who was known to protect the dead and is also considered a “noble woman”. All very fitting as Freyja is in training to be a Human Remains Detection dog. Freyja started her training with Carren Gummin, but soon Freyja only had eyes for Wade.  Now Freyja is happily working for Wade. 


In 2014 Wade adopted Talia a female German Shepherd through ARF German Shepherd Rescue. Talia had been evaluated as a potential MPD Patrol dog. Talia showed incredible potential in detection however she did not display any defense drive needed for that position. With the assistance of Carren Corcoran Gummin, Talia began scent specific tracking utilizing the Kocher Method. After attaining proficiency in man trailing it was decided to make Talia a dual purpose dog and human remains detection was added to her resume. K9 Talia obtained NNDDA National Cadaver Certification in 2016 through 2022. 


Talia has been retired and living out her best life in the country on the Gummin Family Farm in northern WIsconsin. Talia is also held near and dear to Carren's heart as she is the mother of K9 Moxy- Carren's HRD dog.

K9 Talia

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