K9 dogs play a vital role in certain police operations. They help with rescue operations and tracking criminals on the run. They are excellent at what they do.
Have you ever wondered what’s life like for retired police dogs? What’s the transition like, and how do they adjust? This is the story of Bessie, the bloodhound.
Bessie is a former K9 dog owned by police officer Jeffrey Nichols. They’ve been together for four years. Jeffrey is still active as an officer, but Bessie is now retired.
Throughout Bessie’s working career, Jeffrey claims to have learned more from her than the other way around. At first, Bessie didn’t like people approaching her, but nearing the end of her career; she warmed up to kids. She loved interactions with them.
Jeffrey recalls their first operation together. They were looking for a mugger. The strategy was straightforward. They usually announce themselves and make the perpetrator informed that there is a K9. It works almost all the time.
When Bessie howls, criminals often surrender. When they hear the dog getting ready, it’s an effective scare tactic. They show themselves and cooperate. They don’t want to deal with a chainsaw with legs.
The transition from police dog to house dog was a struggle. Bessie loves to work. She knows Jeffrey’s routine and would always be by the door when he’s about to leave. It was a matter of time before she no longer needs to go with him.
Nowadays, Bessie loves to spend time with Jeffrey’s kids. It comes to the point where she would follow them around if they don’t give her attention. She also loves to sleep and live a laid back life.
Bessie still has the drive to go to work. Jeffrey is still looking for a suitable activity to keep her occupied. So far, the transition is going well.
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