After over seven years of service, a police dog named Axe is retiring from the Bullard Police Department in Texas. Axe is a German Shepherd who came to the U.S. in 2004 from Germany. Here’s the full story from the bullardnews.com:
Axe was shipped from Germany as a puppy on March 4, 2004 and arrived in the United States on March 8.
On July 27, 2004, after discussion, Chief Gary Don Lewis allowed the department to assemble a K-9 unit.
On Aug. 3, 2004, former BPD officer Curtis Dinger picked up Axe from Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, and he has been helping solve crimes ever since.
After Axe fades into retirement, he will take residence with BPD Secretary Mary Dautreiul. She describes Axe as “loyal, dedicated and always ready to work.”..“To me, he’s a miracle dog. Dogs don’t normally live from that. He is an awesome dog, and we all miss him around here. He has to stay home now, and he doesn’t like that. You just touch his leash and he is up and ready to work. The excitement he gets when you get his leash is amazing. He has such drive to do his job. ”
At the retirement party, a plaque will be presented to Axe and hung in the BPD halls in his honor.
“He is able to retire, and in such a dangerous job, that’s not always the case for police dogs,” she said. “ It’s important to have a celebration where the people get to say goodbye to him. We want to thank the city for allowing us to have him. Job well done, Axe.”
Congratulations to Axe and hopefully he will enjoy his well-deserved retirement from a life of fighting crime.