For “Brody,” the new therapy dog for the Bristol Police Department in Rhode Island, USA, Monday was meant to be a momentous day. Even though the lovely 3-month-old puppy was up early, he was able to sleep through your ceremonial swearing-in on your first day of work.
Indeed, Brody spent the entire night awake due to anxiety regarding his important debut.
Brody’s handler, Officer Keith Medeiros, stated to The Dodo:
He does a lot of sleeping and playing. He sleeps a lot, which makes it challenging to play when he’s not asleep.
Though the police department first considered bringing in a drugs or bomb-sniffing dog, Officer Medeiros, who serves as a school resource officer, proposed adding a therapy dog to the force for the first time.
Brody joined the team in the middle of March, and considering that everyone is engaging in social distancing, it’s obviously a challenging period to socialize a dog.
“You want as many people to see it as you can. And I make an effort to accomplish that while using social distance.
However, it turned out that Brody had arrived at the perfect time, acting as a counterbalance to all the tension and worry felt by everyone around him.
“People are pretty stressed out, especially in law enforcement. Just walking around the police department with Brody, people instantly smile, they immediately feel better, and it’s a really nice thing.”