Thanks for catching up with us today PC Veltman, what’s the name of your dog & how did you end up having him as your working Police Dog?
|PD 'puppy' Rex|
You obviously had a lot of input into his early puppyhood life, how has he performed operationally?
Rex has been 'on the streets' for a while now, what would you say have been his best results?
|PC Veltman & PD Rex on their licensing course in 2009|
It's a fantastic result & clearly shows the importance of being able to rely on a dog's nose. Not many 2 legged officers would have caught the person hiding 30 feet up a tree in a cemetery! Has Rex ever had to save you from real danger?
|PD Rex 'at work'|
He's quite clearly been a fantastic Police Dog & got some excellent results for you - ultimately protecting the community you serve in. It will be a big loss to see Rex retire. How old is Rex & why has the decision been made to retire him?
It must have been an extremely difficult decision to make on Rex. How hard was it to make the final decision for Rex to retire?
|PC Veltman & PD Rex on their final shift together|
Having had Rex since he was 7 weeks old, the bond you have with him having gone through so much on the streets must be amazing. What does the future hold for Rex? Will he be able to stay with you & your family?
It must be a relief that you don't have to try to rehome Rex. What changes have you had to make at home since he retired?
Rex is socialable with other dogs and he gets on well with his replacement, Duke.
|PD Rex & new boy Duke chilling|
So as Rex enjoys hanging up his harness & lead, whilst living the life of luxury, what’s next for you as a handler?