BY MEGHAN GLOVA
CENTRAL OREGON DAILY
The Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office on Monday welcomed its newest deputy – a 4-month old bloodhound who nose just what he’s looking for…actually, smelling for.
“So this dog’s role is going to be to find people, and that’s specific. A scent, a scent of a person, a scent of an object, to find that scent,” said Deputy Donny Patterson, a K9 handler with the sheriff’s office.
This is the sixth K9 to join the DCSO family, consisting of four patrol dogs and one drug detection dog.
What makes the newest pup so different from the rest, outside of his super sense of smell, is how he interacts with the community.
“This dog is not going to be aggressive towards the public,” Patterson said. “So if it’s a small child or a person that has lost their way, and the dog is able to get to that location, we don’t have to be as concerned with the dog and the interactions.”
Deputy Patterson says K9s are used all the time by the sheriff’s office and they rarely “miss their mark.”
The pup was donated to the sheriff’s office by Tamaron Ranch Bloodhounds in Chowchilla, Calif.
“We just love that we are able to donate one of our dogs to the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office, where he will be utilized to search and locate missing people,” said ranch owner Tamara Thomas. “This bloodhound will be an incredible addition to the sheriff’s office K9 program.”
This is Deschutes County’s first bloodhound, and like any puppy, he still needs to be trained and adapt to his new surroundings.
“The dog is getting used the back of a patrol car, what it’s like to be back there,” Patterson said. “The brakes on, the gas on, brakes on, gas on. It’s a little much for a dog in the back of a vehicle.”
As for Deputy Patterson, this is his third dog as a K9 handler.
But it is his first bloodhound and first dog with the sheriff’s office.
They won’t be considered a “functioning team” until about six months in.
“He is a puppy, so he’s experiencing everything for the first time and so am I,” Patterson said. “I haven’t worked with a bloodhound before. But anybody who has had a puppy in the past knows the experiences I’m going through.”
Nevertheless. the sheriff’s office is confident this bloodhound will fit in paw-fectly.
You can help give the little guy a name by heading to the sheriff’s office FACEBOOK page.