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    I know enough to know that at 04.00am it gets dark out on the streets. It has done this for the last twenty odd years, to my knowledge and will probably continue for the forseeable future. At some stage in this ‘future’ I shall retire and probably won’t give a damn if it still gets dark at 04.00am. Until then I shall be out there, somewhere, lurking in the shadows because someone, somewhere will be doing stuff they shouldn’t and then, well then I will introduce myself. In the meanwhile I shall try to remain sane and remember why I joined in the first place and try to ignore all the people who piss me off by making the job more complicated than it should be.
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Thanks

I have been deeply touched by the numbers of responses to my 90 minutes post. This post was real and was spawned by the demise of my ex-partner who enjoyed a short retirement of only a couple of years with me before illness dictated the unfortunate course of events. Now over 60 comments is a record, for me anyway, this far exceeds anything else I have received.

I would like to thank all those who took the time and effort to visit, especially those from the Gadget pages following the post there.

Anyone who has forged a close relationship with one of our canine friends will understand the deep feelings towards an animal that asks nothing but gives everything
for seemingly little or no reward.

Anyone who has had the good fortune to work closely with such an animal and spend more time with it than you spend with your family will understand my sentiment.

Anyone who has had the even better fortune to work with a colleague who will follow blindly and is willing to protect you without question will understand the trust and depth of working relationship we have with our dogs.

We are lucky, lucky people. I have been very fortunate indeed to have been in such a position. I have parted company with other dogs, but not in the same emotional way.
Some dogs are special. This one was definately was.

I have been, shall we say, out of circulation and it was the Gadget post on the enormous and willing support we get from our ‘non-police’ support/admin colleagues that has drawn me back to the keyboard.

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17 Responses

  1. Excellent to have you back – glad to be of service.

  2. WEB..good to hear from you.

  3. Glad to see you back.

    SD

  4. Glad to hear from you, hope you’re doing ok. The 90 minutes post was one of the most touching things I’ve ever read and I know exactly where you’re coming from, it’s like losing a family member and it’s heartbreaking.

  5. Nearly 11 years and I still miss my dog – she had such a sweet nature and was beautiful – a collie/sheltie cross, she was a rescue dog, friendly but nervous, and I used to say she was a ‘fraidy-cat’ until we were out on a walk, a large Alsation was roaming around and when it saw us it ran over barking and snarling, that dog was twice her size. She got in between it and me, and stood her ground until I was out of the way. I didn’t think she had it in her.
    I’ve moved house since she died and in the move her collar got lost.
    I still miss her. She died on Christmas Eve.
    All I can say is that I understand.

  6. W.E.B. Glad to read you again. Welcome back.

  7. good to see you back mate

  8. Glad you are back mate!!

  9. Great to see you back WEB.

    I lost a great friend when I lost my dog, so can understand.

  10. In your own time WEB.

    Good to hear from you.

  11. Welcome back mate. I think we all know the deep feeling that builds up with the dog, be it work colleague or family pet.
    Einstein’s quote says it all really.

  12. Welcome back 🙂

    It’s good to know that you’re back with us!

  13. Glad to have you back, really missed you when you were away.
    We lost our dog 4 years ago and still not over it.
    Miss her like mad.

    Welcome back.

  14. Welcome back! Good to see you and looking forward to more posts.

  15. Hi – your 90 minute posting was one of the best blog postings I have seen for a very long time. My heart breaks for you and I know you keep your friend alive in your heart.

    Keep up the writing! Not only is it therapeutic, but it is of interest to others…

    Take care.

    ‘debvhu

  16. welcome back bro…

  17. We do need you and you canine freinds…Catch up with you soon..

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