Monday, August 12, 2013

Fun with Jada

One of the most important training exercises for Blu is socializing with other dogs.  That sounds like a lot of fun, but it has a purpose.  It's important for Blu to be comfortable with people and dogs since he will be visiting a lot of different schools and when he's working, he may encounter other dogs.  This weekend he had fun with his new friend Jada.  She's a great dane and she's is lots of fun to be around.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Sending off a Retiring Friend

Blu went nose to nose with McGruff the
Crime Dog.  He's a bloodhound too!

Buddy's had a cake with Snoops name on it
Today was a big day for Blu.  He attended a back to school safety event at Buddy's Home Furnishings and it was a big send off for his pal Snoop.  For nearly eight years, Snoop has served the citizens of Tampa faithfully as a search and rescue K-9, specifically trained to find lost and missing children. Over the years, he's visited the State Capitol, rubbed noses with the governor and has been an important liaison for the police department. But his most significant role has been educating thousands of kids in the importance of being aware of their surroundings and staying close to their parents. Snoop's signature bloodhound ears and drooling personality have made him the perfect approachable ambassador.

Snoop's last official day of work is August 22nd. Blu has big paws to fill, but he's up for the challenge.

At just over 30 pounds, Blu has a lot of growing to do to
catch up with Snoop.
Enjoy your retirement Snoop

Blu got to hang out with the kids. 

Monday, August 5, 2013

Blu Training Update

Blu is leaving his paw prints all over town as he continues his tracking training. These practice sessions are helping him distinguish human scent in different outdoor settings, a skill that will soon make him a "top dog." 

On Saturday, Blu tracked 500 yards, his longest distant yet. He was able to identify the smell through grass, asphalt, and concrete. It is imperative for a Bloodhound to recognize a specific smell over common terrain. If not, the dog would hit a road block, slowing down the recovery of a missing person. 

Officer Savage says he's impressed with his pup. They grow up so fast!