GSRNE’s Working Dog K9 Spotlight

Meet K9 Fritz

 

 

K9 Fritz

Fritz and Trooper Michael Real

 

 

On a damp and breezy day I first met Fritz- a dog who was not cutting it in his “family pet” role. Tied out back, because his activity level and high maintenance temperament did not fit his family’s life style, he became a barker. He disturbed the neighborhood, he bothered the owners, he became a nuisance to live with, and he had to go.

A local dog groomer who had met Fritz and was familiar with his situation felt that Fritz deserved a life more appropriate to his needs. He was a good dog… just bored, neglected and frankly a pain in the butt for a pet home to deal with. The dog groomer called GSRNE.

On that damp breezy day I saw a confident, casually friendly but aloof boy who would sell his soul for a ball…or jute roll, or kong toy or any toy you had and wanted to play with. After a short game of fetch, I hid the ball in some tall grass while Fritz was not looking. The game was afoot! Fritz did not give up searching ‘till he found that ball. He scented it out with a focused intensity…all this with not one day of training. I could see why Fritz was exhibiting destructive or annoying boredom behaviors. He needed a job to do.

Now Fritz is using his natural ability every day. No more chain in the back yard. Together with Trooper Michael Real of the Connecticut State Police K-9 Unit he spends his time tracking suspects, finding lost children and serving his community in a myriad of ways- most recently, searching at ‘ground zero’ in New York City for nine days.

GSRNE volunteers and charitable donations to The Working Dog Fund made Fritz’s placement possible.

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