A Police Dog Says Farewell Over Radio Call Before Retirement

A Police Dog Says Farewell Over Radio Call Before Retirement

Bidding farewell to your dog is always a heart-wrenching moment, but it becomes even more poignant when your loyal companion is also your working partner.

Vilo, a K-9 officer from the Orem Police Department, is a retiring German Shepherd-Malinois who is now stepping away from duty after years of exceptional service. Quentin, his handler, has been by his side for a full three years, and the time has come to say goodbye.

A Rocky Start for Quentin and Vilo

Quentin wasn’t Vilo’s original handler, having teamed up for just three years. Their initial meeting, however, didn’t go quite as smoothly, with Vilo showing some resistance to his new companion.

“When I picked him up, he was growling at me the whole time on the way home”, says Quentin.

Vilo was having a hard time adapting to a new handler, but neither he nor Quentin knew that a special bond was about to be made.

After A While, A Lifetime Bond Had Been Created

a policeman in a car with a police dogSource: YouTube

It didn’t take long for Quentin and Vilo to click. After all, both of them were police officers who had a strict and well-prepared daily schedule.

Day by day, Vilo and Quentin bonded on the assignments, and in no time, they couldn’t be without each other.

“He ends up becoming your brother and your partner.”

Vilo is an impeccable police dog with years of experience in search and prosecution of felons. His trainability and naturally good instinct were of huge help to Quentin many times.

Vilo Had Some “Life-And-Death” Moments

the police dog sits and looks aheadSource: Happilynews

There were times when Vilo was on a thin line between life and death. Some tasks they had were extremely complicated, as they demanded Vilo to go after armed criminals or secure the field prior to arrest.

“It’s a really heavy decision that you have to make… You put complete trust in him, and he trusts you, and it’s really something you can’t explain unless you’ve done it.”

Luckily, neither Vilo nor Quentin were ever life-injured. He ended his police career with an impeccable record, which is why his police colleagues decided to give him a send-off to remember.

He Got An Emotional Radio-Call From His Colleagues

Vilo got his last send-off over a radio in a police car next to his partner.

It was an emotional moment for Quentin, as the message the colleagues prepared was really touching. And, even though Vilo couldn’t understand the exact words, it didn’t take long for him to sense his coworker’s emotions.

“You deserve so much needed rest. Thank you for keeping your handlers safe over the course of your career, and bringing them home each and every day. You’ll be missed, K-9 Vilo 1042”, was in the final message.

Vilo Excels As A Family Dog, Too

a police dog lies on the pavement next to his toySource: Happilynews

Even though he’s not a police dog anymore, Vilo and Quentin are still life companions, but only in a different way. Vilo’s now a family dog who excels in daily chores, and he loves it!

It did take some time for him to get used to a completely new daily routine, but he managed to do it.

Quentin and Vilo live a happy life together, witnessing that retired police dogs have no problem being impeccable pets.

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