3/12/1996 – 09/01/2019
Yogi served in Gloucestershire.
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.
11/11/2006 – 13/10/2018
Handler PC Pinkard (Avon and Somerset Police)
His handler wrote the following.
Zeph worked as a Police dog from 1st January 2008 and I was his handler the whole time. In November 2016 I sadly had to retire early due to injury and Zeph retired with me.
We worked the hardest and most challenging areas of Bristol. Zeph had an outstanding prisoner count and was one of the best tracking and searching dogs on the section.
Zeph re-licenced every year and always re-qualified to advanced. We never had an action plan in our entire service. In 2011 he went onto win Dog Action Of The Year award following his service during the Bristol riots. He also received numerous district commendations for outstanding results.
Zeph qualified for the Crufts Obreedience final 2017, working alongside 3 other german shepherds (none police) and won.
Zeph & I bonded from the start. He was such a loving dog & when he went out he always put his heart and soul into everything he did. Everything he did, he did for me. He was my best friend as well as my work buddy.
They say you always get one special dog in your life and he was and will always be mine. Moo and I miss him more than words can ever say.
Handler PC Dalrymple
Sid passed away on 22nd February 2019 at 15 years of age.
Serviced from 2006 to 2015 (Avon & Somerset)
Sid was an RSPCA rescue dog.
Sid had deployments at the Olympic, Commonwealth and Paralympic Games. He also had deployments in Northern Ireland and looked after Royalty and members of Government including President Obama and The German Chancellor.
He passed away in his mums arms on the sofa. A dignified end for a lovely boy, who is greatly missed by his handler and family.
21.01.10 – 28.01.19
Served March 2011 – July 2017 (Avon & Somerset)
Handler PC Hilder
Albie was bred by A&S for his role as a PD, he served with them until he retired to his handler in July 2017.
Very sadly Ablie lost his battle with cancer and passed away on 28th January 2019.
Albie will be greatly missed by his handler, family and all who knew him. Run free over the rainbow bridge Albie.
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.
RPD Trix turned 12 years old in January 2018. She worked as a drugs, firearms and cash detection dog in Avon and Somerset. Trix joined her hander at 11 months old, and came from a dog rescue. She worked until she was 8 ½ years. Both Trix and her handler are now enjoying their retirement. Her handler says: “She is and always was a star!”
Avon and Somerset | 2007-2015