Boston Police Puppy Cop ‘Tuco’ Captures the Hearts of Pretty Much Everyone

He’s cute now, but one day he’ll be a police officer, ready to serve.

Meet Tuco, a German Shepherd puppy who may one day become a K-9 unit for the Boston Police Department—that is, if he can handle it.

Owned by BPD dog handler Troy Caisey, a 22-year veteran of the force who has trained more than 350 canines at a facility in Jamaica Plain during the course of his career, Tuco captured people’s hearts online Monday when Massachusetts Vest-A-Dog, a non-profit organization, posted an image of the young pup on their Facebook page.

The image of the dog, seen standing in a bulletproof vest he will likely grow into, was also posted to Reddit, where it racked up nearly 1,000 comments.

The photo was being promoted by Vest-A-Dog so the organization could help sell their 2015 calendars, which contain a collection of pictures of other police canine units from around the state. The proceeds from those sales go toward equipping the K-9s with vests to wear while responding to calls, and other essential equipment.

When Vest-A-Dog posted the image, they said the dog was named “Batman,” but Caisey told Boston the dog’s name is really Tuco, after Mexican drug kingpin Tuco Salamanca, from the popular AMC series Breaking Bad.

“Tuco was the crazy drug dealer,” Caisey laughed. “It’s been Tuco since I’ve had him, since eight weeks ago.”

Tuco was nine weeks old when the picture was taken for the calendar, but now the dog is six months old.

Caisey said a friend gave the dog to him, and he is personally raising him to be his next “work dog,” as long as he is obedient enough to take on the task.

“It depends on the dog and how he matures. I’m doing foundation work with him now, and in a couple of months I’ll know if he will make it as a work dog, and when he will start his formal training,” said Caisey. “I’m doing little things with him now, but no formalized training will start until later.”

Dogs typically begin intensive training when they are one-and-a-half to two-years old. If things don’t work out, Caisey said he might also assign the dog to another officer.

Boston recently spent three months hanging out with Caisey and police recruits at the facility in Jamaica Plain, part of the Brandegee Estate that straddles Brookline, to find out how canines become officers of the law. To get certified, the dogs spend 14-weeks at the training grounds, five days a week, conducting drills.

“I’m always looking for another dog,” said Caisey.

  • captain_sebum

    Tuco is a good boy!

  • Archimedes

    TUCO!

  • Nathan

    aww… he’s gonna be taught like a pit bull dogfighter, and rip someone’s face off. so cute. /retch

    • Stacy

      that comment.. seriously??

      • mastema

        your avatar, seriously ??

    • Autumn

      Actually if you had a brain and could read you would know that it is very very rare that a police dog actually hurts someone. They go for the arms or the legs. But that’s just coming from me, ya know someone whose uncle and father were K9 officers for a combined 56 years.

      • mirandamartinez@twitter.com

        hard for people to be alive without a brain….just sayin

        • susieq

          no it’s not, there are hundreds of them

      • Johan Bock

        Yeah that we know if. Since cops are liars and tricksters we don’t know what to believe do we?

      • mmmm12345

        Autum n is correct. I have seen many of these dogs in action. They do not rip of faces, legs, arms, etc. They hold the “person” down until their K9 partner can come. They are strong and brave dogs.

    • Ginger Henderson

      DUMBASS!!!!

    • YuriTahrded

      I sure hope so.

    • 1twothree4

      Nathan is just pissed that one of his two dads named him ‘Nathan’.

    • Donnybrook

      Apparently you are unfamiliar with the concept of Schutzhund.
      But hey–don’t let ignorance get in the way of your false outrage.

    • TahTahTeeTeeTah

      ignoramus

    • Johan Bock

      Exactly, cops do not serve the people so neither does this overgrown rat.

    • Mark Gatton

      They are taught to bite and hold arm or leg and if you weren’t breaking the law you don’t have anything to worry about.

    • Evelyn Marie

      I wish he would bite your face off.

  • Certified Hamster Midwife

    He has a cute little grill.

  • Kmierbly Ttobelen

    “I protects the peoples.”

    • mirandamartinez@twitter.com

      Que?

    • Johan Bock

      He keeps them busy while the cops violate your civil rights…

  • JustUs4

    Awwwwwwwhhhhhh. He so cute!!!

  • April_Fool_79

    ::sigh::

    That’s not a bulletproof vest the dog is “modeling”. It’s a regular K-9 ID vest. A bulletproof vest covers the dog’s entire body, not just a few strips of it.

    • mastema

      even the head ?

    • mirandamartinez@twitter.com

      thanks for clearing that up. now I can rest at night without worrying about that

    • Emmett Fitzhume

      Well, April Fool, at least I appreciate the accuracy. I thought the same thing when I saw the photo.

    • Johan Bock

      A giant rat vest.

      • redheadedlady

        Not a dog lover, I presume? If you were, you’d find out , one day, just who your best friend is. As it stands, though, you’ll never have a “best friend”. Too bad…they are truly the best friend one can ever have.

        • mastema

          a friend who feels no shame kind of bothers me, personally. i do like dogs and own them though…

        • Donnybrook

          My two sheps would give their lives for me–and I would do so for them as well. Unconditional love in exchange for snacks…

  • Burn The Obedient

    Theyll probably end up shooting it. I mean, it looks menacing enough doesnt it?
    Its good though. The department now has an “officer” with a higher IQ than the rest.

    • Johan Bock

      No it doesn’t belong to a family so there’s not enough terror caused by shooting it. There has to be children who around to see the animal be murdered or else what’s the use?

    • Viktor Drago

      hopefully they will end up shooting you instead, 1 more idiot culled from the herd

    • Patholitical

      No doubt it has a higher IQ than you.

  • SusanW

    Tuco was first the name of the sleazy sidekick of Blondie (Clint Eastwood) in the Man with No Name movies.

    • Donnybrook

      RIP Eli Wallach
      Tuco Benedicto Pacifico Juan Maria Ramirez…known as ‘The Rat’…

  • saltydawg

    What a beautiful baby. Stay safe Tuco. Long and happy life.

  • Red Schafer

    awe I hope he makes it so cute

    • ur2tents

      I hope he doesn’t. His life would be much safer as a family pet.

      • mastema

        at least he’s not a drug addict , sorry, drug sniffing dog. those animals don’t make it past 6 years old, most of the time.

        • studi30

          I posted above that the dogs aren’t addicted. They are given a towel to play with that has the scent of the drug on it. Just as explosives sniffing dogs are given a towel to play with that has the scent of the explosive on it.

          • mastema

            that is such bull. they are addicted. healthy dogs do not die when they’re 3 years old.

      • Guest

        And every soldier would be much safer at home watching TV.

  • Brett Parker

    Yes the DOG captures hearts but too bad the police themselves can’t capture the hearts of the public and have such a terrible reputation all across America.

    • Donnybrook

      Aaaaand a story about a puppy clearly justifies railing upon the general law enforcement community…good job, fella…

      • Johan Bock

        They deserve it so yeah.

        • Donnybrook

          Troll fail.

        • EnlightenedSelfInterest

          What turned you into such a miserable S O B ?
          BTW – I flagged every one of your comments for removal. Have a nice day !!

          • mastema

            i just flagged you as well. and gave you a thumbs up. because you care about internet comments.

          • EnlightenedSelfInterest

            :( and thanks.

          • Johan Bock

            That’s impressive. You undid like a whole minute and a half worth of my hard work. How will I ever bounce back?

          • EnlightenedSelfInterest

            You could go out and shoot yourself in your bitter self hatred??? Just a suggestion.
            Now, don’t take this personally, but I REALLY don’t care about you. OK, take it personally, because I really do think you are a total loser for replying to such an old thread.

          • Johan Bock

            Yes I am a sore loser and you are future leader of America.

          • EnlightenedSelfInterest

            You got half of it right, I wouldn’t take the job.

      • Brett Parker

        Don’t hate the messenger facts are facts…PERIOD.

        • Donnybrook

          I am merely pointing out that you are making a leap from a story about a puppy to an indictment of the entire law enforcement community.
          .
          Pick your spots.

        • Guest

          What facts? You made a general statement backed up with nothing. Police hatred is media driven. Stories of so-called abuse are usually covered in a biased way and never told with a clarity so the casual observer will actually understand what took place. Everything you see is not always what it appears.

        • Guest

          The only people that hate police, are the scum they arrest…….

    • Viktor Drago

      and to bad the blacks can’t control themselves and keep feeding their terrible reputation of violence against police, themselves and whites.

      • Johan Bock

        What does this even mean?

        • Mtpage

          Ferguson riots

      • Rani Brannigan

        Wow “the blacks”…….good job.

      • U.S. No Country for Black Folk

        too

    • Patholitical

      Only with people who want to take the exceptions and treat them as the rule.

    • CharlieBelle

      That is because there is little to no self promotion by the police across America. The media mainly grabs the drama. Changing a tire for the elderly, unlocking a vehicle for a frantic mother who’s child is locked inside, a notification to the family that a loved one isn’t coming home, or taking someone who’s down and out to the city mission doesn’t sell news.

      • Robbie McDuffie

        Wow. All those little things make up for the murder, rape, theft, and beatings from cops? Not to mention all the dogs they have shot.

        • kermit

          Where the heck are you, on Mars?

          • Robbie McDuffie

            Oh, only cops on Mars do these things? Could have sworn civil asset forfeiture was an earthbound thing? Of course on mars a prisoner in handcuffs could probably shoot themselves in the head.

          • Donnybrook

            Yes. That puppy has his eyes on seizing your house. Good call.

        • Guest

          Robbie, u r one sick puppy, no pun intended !!!!

          • Robbie McDuffie

            I am not the paid organization of thugs and psychopaths that do this. So I’m not the sick one here. Look it up people, you could spend all week reading about the crimes committed against the American public by those who are sworn to serve and protect. Although the one where the swat team throws a flash grenade into a baby’s crib and the child receives serious burns should be enough to tell you something is wrong.

        • CharlieBelle

          You’re falling into the media hype. Yes, those things have happened on a very limited basis compared to the number of police nation wide and the call volume and you’re dealing with human beings, not perfect robots. What you refer to is less than 1/10 of a percentage and sells news. The millions of calls handled professionally every day go unnoticed.

    • JettieG

      Why, coz they do their job?

    • Jack Harris

      spoken like a true thug. hey brett ya ever been a cop before?

    • Guest

      The tie doesn’t mask the man.

  • Johan Bock

    Just wait until it’s attacking innocent people. Then it will be really cute. Just another civil rights violator in training.

    • Donnybrook

      You know nothing Jon Snow.

    • Matthew Moore

      ya your on the dot

    • Patholitical

      Crawl back under your rock, reptile.

      • Johan Bock

        Very clever.

  • http://www.screwliberals.com Jenn of the Jungle

    Here come all the cop haters.

    • Guest

      gotta love them………..NOT

      • mastema

        HUG A COP, YEAH I SAID IT!

  • katie

    a dog will act the way you treat it . I had eight pit bulls and they wasn’t mean they just have a bad rep

  • DoDCop

    Stay strong, Tuco… Your day will come.

  • Laurie Randall

    What is wrong with you people? It’s a dog giving his life to protect and serve. Stop making it political! Whatever is making you so negative get therapy or better yet do something kind for someone and make 2 people happy; yourself and the recipient and also get therapy. You are all so unhappy you try to see the negative in everything.

    • Evelyn Marie

      Amen!

    • Declared Ungovernable Wphc

      How is a dog barking its way around the 4th amendment protecting anyone….He only serves “Law enforcement” who are owned by corrupt “law makers” who are owned by corporations and lobbyists!!!!! That dog, while he is cute now, will grow to be a tool of TYRANNY!!!!!

      • Donnybrook

        Your false sense of outrage has been duly noted.
        .
        Time for your nap.

        • Declared Ungovernable Wphc

          its you who are asleep!!!!! why don’t you WAKE UP!!!!!

          • Donnybrook

            Stand down Rambo.

      • Kraut Tastic

        you posted this already..

      • Kraut Tastic

        and honestly, I see by your continuing trolling you are very upset with things here. Maybe you should move to Canada.

    • Dawg gone it

      Valid reality is what I run on

  • Jim

    Cute dog, too bad he has to be named after a mudering thug drug lord. Maybe he should change the dog’s name to something more appropriate and if he wants to honor a criminal, maybe he can name one of his kids Tuco! What a moron!

    • VILE457

      This dog’s nose will bust “mudering” thug drug lords. The name’s ironic you moron.

      • Jim

        Hey, VILE, I see how you came up with your moniker, VILE, but you forgot BITTER. What is it with you foreigners and the name calling? Did your mommy mistreat you? Did your daddy beat you before he walked out the door?

        • VILE457

          My father was always too tired from beating your mother to do anything other than provide a stable and loving foundation for my family. Got a little Freudian projection going on, don’t you Jim? I like how instead of trying to argue your point you turn to terribly childish personal attacks. If you’re going to be an internet troll, do us all a favor at least be funny.

          • Jim

            Once again, you r post doesn;t even make any sense. You call me a moron instead of making a counter point to what I said and I’m childish??? You liberals are a hoot! Perhaps cutting the tablets in half might help…..just a thought.

    • Guest

      Just think of all the dogs named Barack and Obama over the last 7 years! It makes me equally sick!

    • Donnybrook

      Eli Wallach, the acclaimed actor, played the character Tuco Benedicto Pacifico Juan Maria Ramirez, aka ‘the Ugly’ in the movie The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.
      Stand down.

      • studi30

        And don’t forget the star of the movie, Clint Eastwood.

        • Donnybrook

          Angel eyes…

  • Bama Mama

    These animals are highly trained professionals. They won’t act without being given the command to do so. A police K-9 (a public guard dog) is no different than a private guard dog (at home pet). They aren’t treated harmful and aren’t asked to do anything that is completely outrageous. These are working dogs that get gratification from the work they perform.

    • Dawg gone it

      BOL, that’s B.S.

  • Kris Huese

    Tuco was also the Mexican bandit (or Ugly) on “the good the bad and the ugly”, that old spaghetti western with Clint Eastwood.

  • david99696

    I want to give that pup a BIG HUG. When he’s old enough I’ll let him chase Muslims. LOL

  • LogicPolice

    Find the blue meth Tuco.

  • Declared Ungovernable Wphc

    Soon he will be out barking his way right around our 4th amendment rights!!!!!

    • Donnybrook

      Nice rent-a-username by the way. Five comments and all on this story. Weak sauce, pedant.

  • Declared Ungovernable Wphc

    A dog barking its way around the 4th amendment isn’t protecting anyone….He only serves “Law enforcement” who are owned by corrupt “law makers” who are owned by corporations and lobbyists!!!!! That dog, while he is cute now, will grow to be a tool of TYRANNY!!!!!

    • Donnybrook

      You Are So Angry That The Internets Must Know About It Yayyyy!!

      • Declared Ungovernable Wphc

        and the sheeple sleep on

        • Donnybrook

          You are pathetically out of your league here.

          • Declared Ungovernable Wphc

            hahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!

          • Donnybrook

            Laugh it up Ted Nugent.

          • Declared Ungovernable Wphc

            Yes officer, is that “a lawful order”?

          • Donnybrook

            Ask your aunty-sister-wife, inbreeder.

          • Declared Ungovernable Wphc

            is this the best you can come up with, low brow mouth breather

          • Donnybrook

            You should ask aunty-sister-wifey to slather some lard on your knuckles.
            .
            TP is for your nethers, not for government. Sucker.

          • Declared Ungovernable Wphc

            Officer Donny

          • Declared Ungovernable Wphc

            You must be a UNION worker, badge wearing gang member living off tax payer welfare or better known as a tool of tyranny cop!!!!!

          • Donnybrook

            Nope. I am a northern hillbilly, gun-toting, dog-owning, Yankee Republican that hates bloviation.

          • Declared Ungovernable Wphc

            hahahahah you claim to be a Repubican but you’ve been duped!!!!! There is no left or right, only tyranny and freedom!!!!! There is no GOP or DNC its the GOPDNC, you are dumb enough to believe you are different from the DNC!!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! A republican….. HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! You support one of the parties, you support them both you DOLT!!!!!

          • Donnybrook

            Apparently, your limited vernacular does not understand the concept of a Yankee Republican.
            .
            Any more self-evident ignorance that you wish to declare?

          • JoeyTwosneezes

            Be careful Donnybrook, you are going to get caught in an internet sting operation, trying to reason with a minor.

          • Donnybrook

            I love griefing trolls. Call it a guilty pleasure.

          • Declared Ungovernable Wphc

            HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA A Republican who appointed Odummie and took their pay off money and ran not one but two unelectable candidates, Palin and Nit Wit Mit, they took a dive just like in boxing….. YOU ARE A MORON!!!!! You think your vote counted, but the “election” was predetermined!!!!

          • Donnybrook

            Wear that dunce-cap like a crown, sycophant.

    • Greeter

      Continue to sit back and collect your monthly Obama Check and pray you don’t one day need “Tuco” to rescue you from being killed.

  • N Jackson

    For those that want to slam the police, say that the next time you are robbed, held hostage or beaten by some low life. I’m pretty sure you will want one then. A few bad apples don’t represent every policeman. The article is about the adorable puppy. The name is just another name, I’m sure there are others with your names as well. Really, he is such a cute puppy and I know he’ll grow up the be a great K9 or family pet.

    • mastema

      people do not remember good things, they remember the bad things. its the way the human mind works.

  • johnnyangelnyc

    THIS IS NOT A GS, THIS IS A BELGIAN MALINOIS.

    • Donnybrook

      Unless you know the officer personally, that is a GSD, not a Malinois. I have owned both as well as other shep breeds. That is a GSD. The size of the paws give it away, as well as the coat length.

    • Steve Annear

      Def. A GS. Confirmed.

  • Jeffrey C. Jones

    to cute!!!

    • Matt Bigelow

      Really….? Out of all the people on the internet, i read a post from someone i know. WOW!

  • LogicPolice

    http://www.koco.com/news/highspeed-pursuit-leads-to-officerinvolved-shooting

    I have a problem with setting these dogs loose on armed suspects. Not just non-compliant but armed. On the one hand we are told they are invaluble officers of the law and in fact equal partners with rights and on the other, stories like this make K9s seem expendable. “So you want me to neutralize the knife weilding drug crazed man in the leather jacket with just my mouth and I have been trained to do whatever you say…..ok I guess”.

    • Donnybrook

      Try again. The URL is a dead-end.
      .
      That said, the next time there is an emergency, we’ll go with cats to help you out.
      .
      Sound good?

      • LogicPolice

        Easy big fella. I have a lot of problems with cars these days but I ain’t walking. Many things suck but are still utilized as a means to an end. I just prefer more honesty about thier true purpose. Send in the dog. Let’s not cry our eyes out when it gets stabbed.
        Sorry the link is dead….old story.

        • Donnybrook

          No worries. I get the outcry regarding turning that awesome creature into a forward-operations resource. But S&R, therapy and other service activities more than justify the effort. I hate cops for the miniscule population that makes the news in the worst of ways. But I still support the concept in premise, and certainly do not blame the canines. We’ll hold off on the cats for now. But I hear tell of therapy-ferrets…

    • studi30

      We have a K-9 cop in our town. We have done so for 18 years. Our Neighborhood watch was given a demonstration on how drug dogs and tracking dogs are trained. A criminal is usually so afraid of the dog that they run. We have lost only one dog in all those years, as he cornered a thug under a trailer, and the thug shot the dog at close range. Believe it or not, the dog is actually playing when he grabs someone by the arm. If you don’t resist and try to pull your arm out of the dog’s mouth, setting the teeth, the bite is not very hard. Drug dogs are trained with a play towel, stored in a plastic container, with say marijuana or the scent of what ever drug the police are looking for. The K-9 officer plays with the dog, with the dogs towel, so the dog recognizes the scent. The dogs are not addicted. The officer throws the rolled up towel (actually putting it behind his back) and the dog goes off looking for the towel. When the dog locates the scent, he scratches at the location of the stash, and the officer gives the dog his towel to play with..

      • JoeyTwosneezes

        I understand that K-9 cops are indispensable for use in law enforcement. But, criminals aren’t the only ones who might attempt to escape a barking German Shepard. If your K-9 cop somehow gets my arm in his mouth my very first instinctual response is going to be to jerk my arm free. I’m not saying that it would be the smart thing to do, I just know that if I was all charged up on adrenaline being faced down by a barking dog I might take off running as fast as I could go. When that happens, the dog goes into his “wolf DNA” mode and chases the rabbit (me) and you’ve already told me what he does when he catches me. Only problem is that I’m not wearing all the protective gear that you wear when you are training the dog. Add to that fact that if I defend myself against this attack by punching, kicking, stabbing, or screaming like a little girl I will likely be charged with the crime of attacking a police officer. So, I guess the dog was right, after all. As soon as he bites me, I will become a criminal.

        • Red Schafer

          if I saw a GSD runing at me I would all ready be on the ground not moving those dogs are huge at running at you at full speed is very scary looking

          • JoeyTwosneezes

            I know how fast they run and how scary they can be for a small boy. I had an experience with a GSD at age 10. You may be able to control both your fight and flight response as an adult with greater knowledge. I don’t think children have achieved that level of control and worry that they may act as I have described. To the credit of law enforcement everywhere I haven’t heard many stories of children being attacked by K-9’s.

          • Red Schafer

            I think some Dogs used in search and rescue are more cuddly the a GSD. a kid might be more inclined to run to a Bloodhound , Lab or golden retrievers then a scary looking dog like a GSD. different dogs are used for different things. US customs trains Beagles to search for contraband food in peoples luggage at the airport. The dog is man’s best friend and partner, as long as they are treated right they are awesome animals

          • JoeyTwosneezes

            Hey, Red, thanks for not being a troll and for taking the time to answer my questions and enlighten me on this subject. Comment sections aren’t generally known for either.

          • studi30

            Our K-9 unit consists of Belgian Malinois, which looks like a GS. I found out that the way the dog is commanded determines how they react. The dog is given a different command to find or chase a criminal than finding a lost person. When you have money for one dog the Malinois does duel duty. The dogs are instructed in German so a criminal can’t give a counter command. Some departments use Bloodhounds and some use Labs also in search and rescue.

          • Dawg gone it

            And some cops are incompetent and deploy Ill trained , mistreated K9 Unit. That’s how innocent citizens are mauled and victimized.

            Suck on these photos – leave a bad taste in your mouth? Put that in your pipe and… Oh, just look and let it penetrate until you can feel it, acknowledge it and work on your game patrolmem.

          • Red Schafer

            Human officers see their K9’s as partners and wouldn’t mistreat their dogs. they spend every day with their dogs training on and off duty the
            dogs are train to protect and defend their human partners that is why
            they use breeds like GSD, BSD and Rottweiler’s dogs with a strong drive to protect.
            you might have been attacked by a poorly
            trained mistreated guard dog but not by a Schutzhund trained K9 witch the majority of
            the K9 that are police and military working dog are because they are
            imported from Germany and are held to a higher training level then those
            dogs who are trained in the US.

          • studi30

            Red, Dawg listens to liberal anti police talking heads. K-9 trainers take the dog into their homes like any other dog owner. Why would they want to subject their families to an attack?

          • Red Schafer

            i know it just makes me mad the k9 officers where i live treat their dog like kings. and wouldn’t do anything to hurt their dogs in any way

          • studi30

            And I now need you to prove these are photos of damage done to felons by police dogs. These are photos of people attacked by Pitbulls and Rotweilers taken in emergency rooms. The proof remains with you. These photos are the reason we need to be able to carry in the 8 States without concealed carry. If the attacking dog could be shot before damage like this occurs, we wouldn’t hear about maulings and deaths.

          • Dawg gone it

            What do you need for proof?

          • studi30

            The exact location of each of the pictures. I can get any one of my many police friends to corroborate that a K-9 cop did those wounds or NOT. Our K-9 officer literally lives around the corner in our housing complex (one fifth of a mile away).

  • http://helenabasket.tumblr.com/ Danielle

    Adorable puppy, but that’s not a bulletproof vest. It’s actually an ID harness.

  • David Fawkes

    Really cool looking pup will grow up to be a good police dog.

  • studi30

    PAWS UP!

  • studi30

    The dogs that track criminals also track lost children and adults. Our K-9 unit has a history of finding many lost children and many lost seniors. They don’t bite unless the one being tracked tries to run, as most criminals do.

    • JoeyTwosneezes

      Dogs can be very helpful in locating people and things. My question is: If a child or a senior runs will the dog bite them thinking they are criminals?

      • Red Schafer

        no they don’t bite unless the handler gives the order. and then it not a bite like you would think google Schutzhund and you will see what type a training a K-9 cop has to go threw.

        • JoeyTwosneezes

          Thanks for the information. I didn’t know about the dogs waiting for a bite command.

        • Joe Haynes

          And here is the inconsistency with your previous comment. They bit only when commanded which means dogs possess no independent thought or judgement- two things a human cop (supposedly) possesses. Animals cannot be ‘cops’ or be badged or given ranks because they are incapable of understanding any of it and only act when told. They cannot testify in court. Dogs cannot choose to be ‘deputized’.

          • Red Schafer

            but yet they are Military dogs and K-9 cops are all given Ranks equal to or higher then their human handlers. i most states injuring a K-9 cop i get you charged with assaulting a police officer

          • Dawg gone it

            Well said. You sound smarted than a well trained dog and a well train cop combined

        • Dawg gone it

          Really? I was mauled by a K9 this year. I’m a senior citizen walking my dog . I’m wearing a flowery summer top and capris. I must have been mistaken for similar discription ; a young male, wearing no shirt or shoes .
          Do you think everybody that graduated college has the same intelligence?
          Do you think every cop is honest?
          I lost function of my forearm and hand, lost a chunk of muscle from my leg and will never be able to walk without assistance.
          Living proof of “what kind of training a k9 goes through”. Oh, too the command for release, not so great.

          • Red Schafer

            really I don’t believe it you might have been attacked by a poorly trained dog but not by a Schutzhund trained K9 witch the majority of the K9 that are police and military working dog are because they are imported from Germany and are held to a higher training level then those dogs who are trained in the US.

          • Red Schafer

            why didn’t your dog protect you from the big bad police dog? lets see the police have a man hunt going and I’m going to take Fido out for a walk. this whole story stinks of Cop hating PETA BS to me

          • Dawg gone it

            Red, my dog is a trained service dog. I have never trained him to be aggressive. I am proud that I was able to protect ” Fido” no aroma of hate here.

          • Red Schafer

            aggression has nothing to to do with protection. my dog isn’t trained to be aggressive she would lick you to death before she bite you but every time some raises their voice at me she gets in between me and that person ready to defend me if it where to exclate into something more. All dogs have that instinct they can defend there owners if need and they can take a dog bite better then we can.

          • Dawg gone it

            My dog didn’t know what hit him. He had no time to see the danger. I picked him up and threw him over a wall. When the K9 was 50 ft from me with his officer and three other patrolmen, I made the decision to be completely still. Suspect they were chasing was across the street.
            Just accept it. If you can’t , I don’t care.
            Keep your sarcasm to yourself please.

          • Red Schafer

            no i don’t have too theres still no proof that your not a catfishing peta nut besides your the one who decided to educate me on how bad police dogs are. A little common sense would have gone a long way in your case wouldn’t heading back home would have been better then standing around gawking a police manhunt?

          • Red Schafer

            no hate ya right just who are you suing for your medical bills and pain and suffering then? the Cop, the poilce department or the town/county where this alleged attack happened ? who has the deepest pockets?

      • studi30

        I can’t answer that.

      • Dawg gone it

        Joey, I didn’t run. As children are taught to be still. I was still and silent, got out of the way by leaning into a bush. I was 50 ft away from the alleged criminal. I got mauled. I get to live mangled for the rest of my life. Little did I know that a walk on a beautiful day, in a beautiful community, would put me in the crosshairs of a stupid pack of cops, and one untrained, out of control K9.
        It’s my mission to recover physically and make a change in police protocol and educate and inform every citizen I can.

  • Doug Frontino

    It makes me sad and rather disgusted that the police would take these beautiful, innocent creatures, who have no understanding of the danger they face, and put them in harms way, knowing that a loyal dog will gladly lay down its life for its handler. A human police officer makes the conscious decision to put on their uniform knowing their life could be at risk at any given time. These poor dogs have no idea of the danger they face and are simply trying to please their handlers who have forced them into this life in the first place. Using a dog to find lost children or seniors is great, having them sniff out bombs or drugs or attacking armed suspects is just wrong on so many levels and shows the complete cowardice of the police sending in the dogs to do the dirty work while they sit back and eat their donuts.

    • Red Schafer

      cowardice no it has nothing to do with that you know nothing about K-9 Police officers or military Working dogs there is a reason that dogs are used and its because their noses are a billion times better then ours to sniff out Bombs. there is no machine that can do it better then a dog. a dog is used to subdue bad guys because most people will drop to the ground and surrender when a 100+ lb dog comes running at them. They are police officers and are treated as such with a rank. they do know the danger they are put in like good cops they know what their job is and they do it without hesitation and get the job done. read the book War Dogs and then tell me about cowardice

      • studi30

        Bloodhounds have the most ability to track a very faint scent. Drug dogs can smell drugs that are wrapped in pepper and multi layers of food wrap. When our K-9 was killed chasing a criminal, the whole town, every police force and many regular citizens from many towns around came to his funeral. It was as if a police officer had been killed in the line of duty.

        • Dawg gone it

          I am very sorry for your loss. Really I am. But please rethink putting a dog in pursuit of a dangerous criminal. Isn’t that what human officers are supposed to do?

          • studi30

            Very few dogs die in the line of duty.

          • Red Schafer

            yes it is true thanks to the companies that make doggie bullet proof vests

          • studi30

            A funny story. On a National Night Out, my wife and I were at the K-9 exhibit table where a bulletproof vest was on display. My wife put the vest on and found it didn’t fit right. We both noticed the dog hairs and started laughing.

          • Red Schafer

            the non profit in this story vested our dogs down in here in VA its a shame that they cost so much that most departments can’t afford them

          • Red Schafer

            Human officers see their K9’s as partners. too be honest a dog can do the job better than a human. a dogs nose is better then a humans, they run faster then we can and have a greater bite force then a human. the dog are train to protect and defend their human partners that is why they use breeds like GSD, BSD and Rottweiler’s .

      • rrMike Flohr

        police dogs are treated like officers. i respect that so much

  • oreo Crawford

    I WANT BADMAN, IS HE FOR SALE?

  • Laika & Mishka Fan

    What an adorable puppy! All the best for Tuco’s future!