3/12/1996 – 09/01/2019
Handler PC McKenna
Yogi’s handler wrote the following.
Yogi came to me in 1997. He was imported from Europe.
Yogi really was the most amazing dog to work. He was the dog with nine lives surviving 2 torsion’s. I was on holiday in Goa when I received a missed call from the boarding kennels back home. Fearing something was wrong, I called them to be told he’d been rushed into emergency surgery and had 72 hours to pull through.
I immediately contacted the holiday agents emergency helpline, and explained my police dog was seriously ill and I needed to get home. I remember telling them he wasn’t just a dog, he was my crew mate, and he needed me, and I needed to be there for him.
No one was more shocked than me when I was put on the next flight home. They only charged me £50 admin fee!!!
As I walked into the office, he dragged himself from the floor to greet me, wagging his tail as best he could.
Another occasion he ran off the ledge when searching a quarry. He fell 100 ft and walked away with a couple of scratches and a night in the vet as a precaution for shock.
Yogi retired aged 8. Fit as a fiddle, but I wanted him to enjoy his later years, and not risk him. He stayed by my side until his legs lost their strength in January 2019. He was 12 years old.
Handler PC Todd
Fizz was an amazing tracking dog locating numerous offenders and missing people. In May 2007 Fizz and Claire were awarded a Chief Constables Commendation from Timothy Brain for tracking approx 9 miles. The offender was wanted for several cross border commercial burglaries and received a prison sentence.
Just over 12 months later in December 2009 a new lump appeared this time in Fizz’s throat which was diagnosed as a very aggressive cancer and could not be removed. Fizz was retired immediately so she could enjoy a happy few months being spoilt by her handler before she was PTS with her handler by her side on the 13/02/2010, she was just 6 years old.