I have to admit, I once said, “My life is infested with police officers”. My Dad is a retired investigator who worked first for the city and then the county until his retirement. One of my favorite photos of us together was his first day of work in his blue uniform and my first day of school with my book bag and pixie haircut. My uncles were also police officers, detectives and investigators and I’ve spent more than my fair share of time pouring over criminal case files as a paralegal.
Of course, I love my Dad, but I never wanted to be my Mother. And I didn’t marry a cop. As it happens, I fell in love and married an artist, a firefighter, a ropes course engineer, a scout leader, a climber, a lifeguard and an adrenaline junky with bulldozing tendencies who happened to have been dreaming since he was in fifth grade of becoming a police officer. Never judge a book by it’s cover; he reads bad-boy, but has never been in trouble. The signs were there, had I been looking.
Five years of being on duty later, we’ve added a new family member who’s also a cop. Blaire, a black lab, borne of Auburn University’s exclusive canine breeding program. Her assignment is drug detection work for the City of Auburn and Auburn High School.
Auburn’s Canine Performance Sciences program has created elite detection dogs and recently, the VAPOR WAKE® detector dog technology created by researchers and canine training experts at the College of Veterinary Medicine has received a U.S. patent.