Here is the story we've been waiting for. At least I have.
In Japan veteran police dog handler Hirofusa Suzuki, 66, and his toy Poodle partner, Anzu, are not only fighting crime but they are also working as inspirational speakers in their community.
When she was three months old, Anzu was saved by Mr. Suzuki. She was about to be put down after her previous owners dumped her because they couldn’t house train her and she barked at night.
Suzuki has been training police dogs for about 30 years.
Anzu was afraid of people at first but she started building a trusting relationship with the Suzuki family and with the other dogs, German Shepherds training to be police dogs. Anzu showed an interest and started learning the behavior of the dogs-in-training. She totally thought she was a German Shepherd.
Fortunately the local police force was expanding the scope of police dog recruitment to all dog breeds on a trial basis. Anzu passed the test on her first attempt and she became a fully commissioned police dog in January.
In 2011 toy Poodles, Karin and Fuga, were the first to be commissioned in Japan. They have been invaluable in search and rescue during various disasters in that country.
Anzu has been employed in around 10 cases, including searching for missing persons and finding evidence at crime scenes. Small dogs have some important advantages. They are good at finding smaller objects that large dogs tend to overlook; they can work undercover in public places without drawing attention; and they can fit into narrow spaces. The police have been very impressed with her abilities.
Besides fighting crime, Suzuki and Anzu do community outreach work. The public loves Anzu. Suzuki has an important message to parents:
Do not give up on your children’s dreams or limit their career choices based on preconceived notions or prejudice, as there are many ways for them to live their lives by maximizing their talents — just like Anzu is doing.
Instead of stereotyping, like small pet dogs should live their lives as pet dogs, I think we ought to help maximize their potential. If (dogs) become aware of their own potential, it is important for us to prepare an environment in which they can bloom.
He hopes people will be inspired by the tiny once unwanted, fearful dog who developed into an outstanding and most Sirius police dog.
UPDATE ON CAPONE
As we thought Capone has no wolf DNA. More details on the case later.