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2 February 2015, 06:08
Northampton's Police Dog Herbie features in a new book launched by Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.
The internationally renowned animal charity aims to reunite lost animals with their owners or care for them until a new home and loving owner is found.
The book, Christmas at Battersea: True Stories of Miracles and Hope, features touching stories about some of the homes beloved residents.
Herbie, an English springer spaniel, was given a home at Battersea in May 2013 at the tender age of just six months when his owners could no longer look after him.
His special character soon became apparent and he was identified by Battersea as being an ideal candidate to work as a service dog.
Northamptonshire Police were looking for a detection dog and got in touch with Battersea. The rest is history and Herbie has since become one of the youngest and most successful working dogs.
Within a month of being licenced by the Home Office, in August 2013, Herbie proved his worth time and time again as a Class A drugs dog and, after further specialist training, detecting cash and firearms.
As part of the force’s dedicated police dog unit, Herbie has shown his skills by helping to recover some of the largest cash and drugs hauls that the dog section team have ever been involved in.
In the new book, chapter 8 ‘The life of a service dog’ tells of the new lease of life given to a springer puppy by the staff at Battersea after an unfortunate start to his young life and the impressive path that followed in assisting police.
The relationship between dog and handler is a unique one resulting in exceptional team work. With his bubbly personality, dedication and unique nose, Herbie will continue to carry out valuable work to the highest standard.
He will always be affectionately known as Herbie the hooligan, the nickname given to him by his handler PC Emma Reed.
PC Reed said: “It has been a real joy to see the change in Herbie since making that initial phone call to Battersea. His early life had left an emotional mark, but finally this little bundle of energy realised his talent to become a successful, operational police dog.
“Herbie loves to work but as soon as his working harness comes off, he enjoys relaxing in the same way as any other dog.”
Royalties from the sale of ‘True stories of Miracles and Hope’ will go to Battersea and help more lost and abandoned dogs, and of course cats, find a new loving home. To purchase a copy of the book and read about Herbie’s journey, visit http://www.battersea.org.uk/apex/webnewsstory?nsid=16753&pageId=222-newsitem