Roll of Honour
Police Dog Amara - Drugs Dog.
31st October 2001 - 14th September 2016
Amara started life a world away from the Police force. She was specifically bred to be a guide dog and stole the heart of Jill, her puppy walker during those first few months. However, at advanced training she was considered 'too boisterous,' was removed from the programme and handed to Surrey Police Force.
After a mere three weeks training she was talented spotted by PC Paul Sainsbury who took her off to Hampshire to continue her training for the world of drug detection. He felt she had the perfect temperament for the work; intelligent, an excellent problem solver, focused and loved by all who met her....except the criminals of course! Amara was the first dual trained passive/proactive drugs dog for Hampshire, a fact mentioned in the House of Commons no less. She worked the high streets of Southampton and Portsmouth, in night clubs, train stations, football grounds and festivals, acquiring 3 police dog commendations in the process.
We fell in love with her the first time we met her at a training session at Southampton airport. Later when we asked if we would rehome her, no discussion was required. She joined the family, which included Scooby, an unruly, fellow black Labrador, in 2005. We had hoped that Amara would teach Scooby some good habits but interestingly, the reverse was true. She used her search skills to regularly raid the recycling bin and swam in our pond, using it as her own personal spa area. However, her and Scooby became soul mates and they enjoyed their lives together going for long walks and caravan trips. Indeed it is fair to say that Amara took to retirement extremely well. We suspect that this was the life SHE felt she was born for, one of relaxation and pampering and we did our best to make this happen. She lived life to the full, thoroughly enjoying her breakfast, lunch, dinner.....treats and snacks! Food played an very important part in her world!
Sadly she didn't quite make her 15th birthday but during her
long and healthy life she made many human friends and is missed
by them all. Her passing, due to cancer was swift, which was a
blessing. Our sincere thanks must go to Paul for allowing us to
have her; it has been both a privilege and an utter joy to have had
her in our lives.
Bev Scammell and Rod Nairn (RPD owners)
PC Paul Sainsbury (Handler)
Police Dog Spanner - Explosives Dog
March 2003- 27th September 2016
Spanner served with Hampshire Constabulary from the age of approx. 2 years until 8 years as an explosives dog.
Many of my friends will have met Spanner. An extraordinary English Springer Spaniel who retired from Hampshire Constabulary on 8th May 2011. He came to live with me and was the loveliest dog you could ever meet. He had a fantastic retirement, ending up living with a crazy Cocker - Poppy and daft rescued Pug-Doug. All of whom became best friends.
Spanner had worked hard and suffered with worn out joints, getting more arthritic as time went by. Finally on 27th September 2016 he gave up. At the end he could no longer get up and walk and stopped eating.
He was a wonderful companion to me and will be greatly missed. He did his duty as an explosive sniffer dog and adapted to retirement and spoiled living fantastically.
Happy every day of his life. He taught me a thing or two. Buried in one of his favourite places.
R.I.P. Spanner and thank you for everything.
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