Have you ever heard if police being addressed to as “the fuzz?! Well, Yep! Me Too, this reference has been taken in a whole level by one police department.
A call was being answered recently by Kathryn Smith of the St. Paul Police Department in Minnesota from a nearby farm. A homeless dog had just given birth to a litter of puppies. Then Smith decided to keep one of the puppies herself before taking the other pup family to a local rescue group.
The little puppy was named as “Fuzz.” Pretty relatable, Right? Now, At the police department, 5-month-old Fuzz is called “Sgt. Fuzz”. The senior commander of community engagement for the department, John Lozoya said that their chief brings his dog, Stella, in on Fridays, so we thought it’d be nice to have the puppy come in here and there, too. “He was an instant hit with everyone,” she added.
Sgt. Fuzz is the perfect way to get rid of the high-stress job. The staffs realized that they felt calmer whenever the puppy visited in the office.
Even the department has decided to appoint Sgt. Fuzz as their “Cuddle Officer”. The little pooch spends about 10 hours a week in the office. The staffs adore to hang out, play ball and cuddle with him.
“He’s very playful but also loves to be cuddled,” Lozoya told. “His personality is very welcoming. He’ll lay down and let anyone pet him right away. He’s a very mellow puppy.” Sgt. Fuzz will be enrolled in a therapy puppy program to make people feel comfortable during a stressful time after being old enough.
Lozoya said, “We hope one day when he is a certified therapy dog, he can not only assist with our staff but also with people who have been victimized and are in need of support.”
“Since the beginning of police and fire departments, animals have always been with us,” Lozoya said. “He’s short of this new evolution to a working police canine, who just happens to look like a fluffy teddy bear.”
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