New Olmsted County K9 Officer and Handler Just Made History
The newest K9 officer with the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office and his handler just made history on Friday.
Being an avid animal-lover myself (we have two dogs, Asher and Juniper, along with three cats, Finn, Huck and Hazel at our house), when I saw the news Friday about a new addition to the K9 team at the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office, I thought it was pretty cool.
According to a post on their Twitter page Friday, the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office just welcomed its newest K9 officer, Ragnar, to the force. Ragnar is a 16-month-old Belgian Malinois from Hungary. His handler is Deputy Aviana Torkelson, who the post noted, is the first female handler in Olmsted County Sheriff's Office history!
Being a handler of a law enforcement K9 like Ragnar is no small task. The Olmsted Rochester Law Enforcement K9 Foundation explains it like this:
Whether on or off duty, a K-9 handler's day revolves around the care and maintenance of their K-9 partner. High drive police K-9s cannot be kenneled in confined spaces for long periods of time. They need to expel energy and anxiety that builds when not able to work or exercise. Police K-9s are never left unattended or to be cared for by family or others when the handler can’t be around.
I can only imagine what it would be like to partner with a high-drive canine like Ragnar Our dog, Asher, is an Australian Cattle Dog we adopted from Paws and Claws Humane Society in Rochester. Cattle dogs are another high-drive, working breed that need a lot of exercise, as well.
So, here's a shout-out to Deputy Torkelson and Ragnar! The post said the two are beginning an intensive 4-month training program this week at the St. Paul Police K9 Academy. When they're finished, Ragnar will specialize in patrol work including evidence recovery, tracking, building/area searches, criminal apprehension, and narcotics detection.
Speaking of dogs, did you know your pet when they were a puppy? (We adopted Asher when he was 7 months old, so we missed that part.) Keep scrolling to see what most dog breeds looked like as adorable puppies!