Mack aka Big Mac
Breed: German Shepherd
Born: Czech Republic
Special Skills: Patrol and Drug Detection
2017 Calendar: Mr. February
Handler: Officer Rob
Mack here. A little about me… well, I’m a patrol ninja and drug detection specialist. I get called to search luggage, cars, and houses for drugs. Sometimes I help the Tactical Team on search warrants, too. I once tracked a criminal from an abandoned stolen vehicle for blocks and blocks, and finally found him hiding in a garbage can. Then I took out the trash, if you know what I mean!
Part of what makes me good at my job is that I can search for a very long time without getting frustrated or giving up. Lesson: perseverance and determination are two keys to success - remember that, kids. My hard work paid off big time at the 2016 Canine Trials that were just held in Calgary. Officer Rob and I finished first in apprehension, obedience, and agility, and second overall! I mean, what else does a dog gotta do to?
The hardest part of my job has to be trying to stand up in the back of the truck when Officer Rob is driving. I live with Rob and his family. My favorite thing to do at home is bounce on the trampoline with Rob’s kids. Away from work, I’m kind of like a teenager: I eat everything in sight, stay up late, sleep in, and I’m having way too much fun to settle down!
Super awesome canine fact: When a dog sniffs, each nostril pulls in a separate odor sample. The dog can tell which nostril is pulling in the scent, so it knows which direction to go when tracking.