The Tiverton Police Department in Rhode Island recently welcomed its newest member to the force, and he’s an adorable, affectionate addition to the team. Meet Blue, a 10-week-old black lab who debuted on social media in August as the Tiverton Police Department’s inaugural comfort and therapy dog officer. Located approximately 20 miles southeast of Providence, this furry officer officially started his duties on September 7th. USA TODAY had the pleasure of speaking with Blue’s handler this past Monday.
Officer Proposes The Idea Of A Comfort Dog
Officer Shaun Wilson of Tiverton envisioned the department’s need for a comfort dog. “I’ve harbored a lifelong aspiration to become a K9 officer,” Wilson told USA TODAY. “Upon recognizing the significance and the positive impact a comfort dog could have, I delved deeper into the idea. The police department acquired Blue from Boonefield Labradors, a reputable company specializing in breeding and training Labrador retrievers for therapy and comfort roles.”
Blue Takes On His New Duty
Blue, the team’s newest member, embarked on a whirlwind of activities on his inaugural day. He acquainted himself with fellow officers and made new friends at the fire department. Blue visited the town hall and received a thorough checkup at the vet’s office. Later, he had an enjoyable encounter with Tiverton High School students, attended a concert, and made a pit stop at Starbucks for his first pup cup. Blue also traveled to the library, where he checked out some books. Over the weekend, he experienced apple picking and took his maiden swim.
A Viral Sensation On Social Media
“Last week, a photo of Blue at a computer desk was shared, looking sad but utterly adorable. His image on desk duty garnered attention from community members who commented on the department’s latest recruit. One Facebook user exclaimed, ‘Mastered ‘Sit up straight, ‘Stay’ and already ready to type – WOW!'”