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13-year-old Gets Wish to See Former Pet Dog Do a Good Job At K-9 Unit

  Clair Harrison had a wish for her birthday to be reunited again, if only for a day, with her special dog, Xanda. Back home in Melbourne, Australia, Xanda used
06 Oct 2017 11:00
13-year-old Gets Wish to See Former Pet Dog Do a Good Job At K-9 Unit
Claire Harrison with Xanda and a Police officer in Nadi last week. Photo: Lynn Harrison

 

Clair Harrison had a wish for her birthday to be reunited again, if only for a day, with her special dog, Xanda.

Back home in Melbourne, Australia, Xanda used to be under her care. But the Labrador Retriever was brought over to Fiji in 2015 to be part of the Fiji Police Force K-9 Unit under the Pacific Policing Programme.

“I was pretty sad. I was crying but I knew he was chosen to go and do something good at a good place,” she said.

The student from Melbourne Girls College said spending her birthday with Xanda was the best feeling ever.

She was in the country with her mother, Lyn Harrison.

Her mother had arranged for her daughter to spend her birthday here and surprise her with a visit from Xanda, thanks to the K-9 Unit.

Ms Harrison thanked the Fiji Police Force for allowing her daughter to visit Xanda.

“We looked after him until he was 18-months-old until he was chosen to go to New Zealand to be part of a programme of training dogs for customs, drugs and money,” he added.

“We are here for the holidays. We chose to come here because we were interested to see him working.”

When they contacted the relevant stakeholders, they were told that Xanda had transferred to Fiji.

“Between 250 and 300 puppies every year in Melbourne are fostered out to families and as they reach about 15 to 18-months-old they are shown to various agencies that includes customs and Police, and the army, prisons.

“Depending on the different capabilities of the dog they get chosen for a particular role, the top dogs go to customs because they have to be fast, good at detecting contrabands and if they are slow they might end up in the prisons.

“Claire was main dog carer, we were proud of him when he was chosen. We feel that we have done a good job because some dogs don’t get chosen,” Ms Harrison said.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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