Sportsman Channel’s “Saving Private K-9” is on the Run

Thursday, May 7 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

Saving Private K-9
Saving Private K-9
Sportsman Channel
Sportsman Channel

New Berlin, Wis. –( “Man’s best friend” is often considered loyal, unwavering and tenacious – the definition of Reno, a German Shepherd partnered with Officer Tim Nading of the Des Moines, Iowa Police Department. In this week’s episode of Sportsman Channel’s Saving Private K-9, viewers meet an exceptionally brave dog who – despite experiencing one of the most grueling suspect apprehensions he has ever encountered – soldiers on.

SPK9 - Tim and Reno
Officer Tim Nading and Reno

Tune in to the award-winning original series Saving Private K-9 on Thursday, May 7 at 9 p.m. ET/PT exclusively on Sportsman Channel.

Officer Nading and his K-9 partner, Reno, were known as an unstoppable team. This week, viewers witness the strength of their bond. When the duo responds to a call to assist in the apprehension of a suspect on the run, the chase leads them to a densely wooded area. Police officers lose sight of the suspect and Reno is deployed to find him. But when Reno alerts Nading to the suspect’s location, all he can see is a gun – pointed directly at him. Reno lunges forward in an attempt to disarm the newly discovered suspect, and in doing so, begins a grueling battle for survival.

“Some people don’t understand the connection. ‘It’s just a dog,’ they’ll say. But they have never been through the stuff that we’ve been through,” said Officer Nading. “The bond that I had with Reno is probably the strongest bond I’ve ever had. The work things we went through, the emotional things I’ve been through, he has been the one constant that has never left my side.”

About Pilgrim Studios: Craig Piligian’s Pilgrim Studios produces a wide variety of unscripted and scripted programming for television, including hit series Fast N’ Loud, Misfit Garage and Street Outlaws for Discovery; Ghost Hunters for Syfy; The Ultimate Fighter for FOX Sports 1; Down East Dickering for History; Swamp Pawn for CMT; Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s and Raising Whitley for OWN; David Tutera’s CELEBrations for WEtv; Wicked Tuna and Wicked Tuna: North vs. South for National Geographic Channel; Amazing America with Sarah Palin and Saving Private K-9 for Sportsman Channel; Bring It! for Lifetime; Somebody’s Gotta Do It with Mike Rowe for CNN; and the recently launched My Big Fat Fabulous Life for TLC. The company also produced the breakout movie Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives for Discovery’s 2013 Shark Week, as well as the movie Shark of Darkness: Wrath of Submarine and the special Megalodon: The New Evidence for the channel’s Shark Week 2014. In the scripted realm, Pilgrim has produced the pilot Recovery Road ABC Family, recently picked up for a full season. The company’s original movies for Lifetime include Amanda Knox: Murder On Trial In ItalyAbducted: The Carlina White Story, which earned a 2012 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Writing In A Motion Picture; and the crime thriller Stalkers.

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