“Here you go. One good bite deserves another.”
K-9 Officer Nicole “Cole” Jamieson placed the doggy bowl on her kitchen floor.
Her partner, Hugo, greedily gulped down the first of his two daily meals then checked her out with a hopeful stare from soulful black eyes.
Cole shook her head. “No more for now.”
Hugo’s ears drooped as he came forward and nudged his big heavy head under her hand.
Cole squatted down and scratched under his chin and then behind his ears. “Okay. You’ve earned it. But only one.” She stood and reached for the jar of dog treats she kept handy for special occasions.
Hugo scarfed down the treat without even bothering to chew then jumped up against her, huge paws resting above her waist, to deliver a lick of thanks before turning toward the spacious dog kennel in Cole’s kitchen. Before he went in he looked back at her. She waited. Bouviers liked to think about things before they acted. When satisfied by whatever his doggy instincts were telling him, Hugo barked gruffly once and entered his crate.
The Montgomery County Police Department wasn’t initially impressed by her choice of a Bouvier des Flandres over the more popular law enforcement canine choices such as Belgian Malinois or German shepherd. But research backed her up when she had gone on the hunt for a self-motivated, hard-driving, even-tempered pup. When she’d found the six-month-old black brindled Bouvier with uncut ears but docked tail, he’d looked like a fuzzy puppy-faced teddy bear. But as he grew, he morphed into a powerfully built canine with an intimidating bark and a menacing set of teeth. Topping out at ninety-five pounds, Hugo was now a force to be reckoned with.
Cole yawned and reached into the fridge for a sports beverage and drank from the bottle. Usually she went straight to bed after a night shift. Today, she didn’t even have time to take a nap.
She glanced at the clock. Seven A.M. She had a job interview in Baltimore at ten A.M.
“Damn! I’m going to be late!”
She hurried toward the shower.
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