Druid came to Hampshire Police as a puppy. He became my partner - my first police dog- at just a year old in the summer of 2007. He worked as a general purpose dog around Hampshire, predominantly in the Southampton area where he was known as a 'great thief taker'.
He was later successfully cross trained to become a victim recovery & blood detection dog. He enjoyed both skills and was hugely successful throughout his long career. Memorable jobs include disarming a violent male with a machete, detaining a burglar by the nether regions and the Olympics in Weymouth.
He truly was one of a kind, frequently getting me into trouble; eating the handbrake of the police van, having a wee poolside at the country club, and leaving a trail of destruction when searching premises (sorry about the bed display and the mannequin BHS, sorry about the bosses chair Garmin HQ). His party trick to embarrass me was to 'stand to attention' whenever he was privileged to be involved in a guard of honour, and at school (I did wonder why the girls were laughing at me)!
He loved his job and would 'sing' with excitement in the back of the van when driving to a job on sirens. Post job he would often sneak from the back to the front for a well done and would reward himself by pinching my food or taking a fluorescent jacket or cap to chew!
He retired at the age of 8 to live with me, my wife and my daughter - he had been her chief protector and best friend from a week old. He enjoyed his final years out and about in the New Forest, hanging out at the SFC training ground, flirting with any ladies he could find, and relaxing with the family (oh and trying to eat the cat)! Put to sleep peacefully, at 12 years when his back legs gave up ... over the Rainbow Bridge to run once more. RIP our beautiful boy, my warrior Druid. Gone but not forgotten. Absolute legend. 🌈
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