North Carolina Sheriff’s Office Welcomes First K-9 Therapy Dog
I distinctly remember my first experience with a K-9 dog unit. I had graduated from high school a couple of years earlier and had occasion to go home from college early one Friday afternoon and visit with a former teacher. I was greeted by metal detectors and a drug sniffing dog upon entry. I couldn’t believe it. And I was a bit alarmed. I’ve always been scared of German shepherd dogs (long childhood story), and even though there was nothing untoward about my interaction with the dog, it still put me on edge.
So, anytime I hear the term, “K-9 Dog Unit.” I’m immediately taken back to that moment and my fear. However, Rowan County Sherriff’s Department has made a move that may change my perception for life. They’ve added a therapy dog to their K-9 lineup.
“Sandy” is a golden retriever. Let’s stop right there. WHO DOESN’T LOVE GOLDEN RETRIEVERS?! If you don’t, we can’t be friends, right? Anyway, her training was interesting. According to WSOC-TV, Sandy’s certification testing was held at the Tractor Supply Co. store so the tester could tell if she was well-behaved around other dogs and large crowds of people.
Whereas most K-9 unit dogs are associated with drugs or tracking, Sandy’s marching orders are much different. Mainly, she will be utilized in supporting child victims of crimes, stressed-out first-time offenders (think a German shepherd is scary, try jail!), and going to schools to help kids or anyone else who needs a little love and support.
What about stressed-out DJs? Any way I can convince the Rowan Country Sheriff’s Office to let Sandy take a field trip to Charlotte to pay the Country 1037 studios a visit?