Some dogs that have been dumped and even left to die are lucky to get a new lease in life. It’s either they get to live in a rescue shelter or find their forever family.
One Spaniel pup in the UK is one of these lucky dogs. After being left behind in a bucket, he gets a chance to live a better life by becoming a police sniffer dog.
The runt of the litter
A pup named Badger is just one of the four Cocker Spaniels found in an abandoned yard in Surrey, UK. All of the pups are almost bald due to a skin disease, and they all have eye and ear infections. On top of these, they are thin and malnourished.
All the pups are taken in by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA). And after a week of treatment, they are then rehomed. Three of them are now thriving, but Badger is quite difficult to handle, which is why he is returned to the shelter.
An exciting chapter in Badger’s life
Despite being returned to the rescue center, Badger is able to get a new exciting chapter in his life. When the volunteers realize that Badger is really good at tracking and following scents, they contact the police to see if they can take in a new recruit.
Badger eventually becomes part of the Sussex Police Dog Unit’s training program. He then qualifies as a sniffer dog.
Badger is paired with an officer named Steph Barrett. And these days, he’s sniffing out illegal weapons, cash, and drugs.
Steph says that after receiving lots of love and training, Badger has started to trust humans again. He can be mischievous at times, but Steph says that this is part of the challenge.
Steph shares one funny quirk of Badger: whenever he hears the radio go off, he gets excited. Steph doesn’t even have to tell the pup to get in the van.
Image Source: Sussex Police Force via Facebook