One police station in Minnesota got pretty lucky late last year, when Officer Kathryn Smith was called out to a local farm to see about some stray puppies.
A stray mother dog and her litter had been stranded there for a few days, and when Kathryn rescued them, she connected with one particularly special guy.
The now five-month-old puppy, named Fuzz (better known as Sgt. Fuzz) has been recruited to work at the St. Paul Police Department. And what's his job? Perhaps the most important of all.
“Our chief brings his dog, Stella, in on Fridays, so we thought it’d be nice to have the puppy [Sgt. Fuzz] come in here and there, too,” John Lozoya, senior commander of community engagement for the department, says. “He was an instant hit with everyone.”
Because Fuzz is so adorable and cuddly, he's around for small breaks for the officers, who often deal with high-stress situations on the job. The little guy gives them a way to focus on something happy for a little while.
The department decided to hire Fuzz as its official “cuddle officer,” working part-time - 10 hours per week - while his mom is there.
“He’s very playful but also loves to be cuddled,” John said. “His personality is very welcoming. He’ll lay down and let anyone pet him right away. He’s a very mellow puppy.”
Fuzz has been so good at his job, they plan to certify him to be a therapy dog once he's old enough! “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,” John explained.
Sounds like just about the most perfect dog in the world.