Shelter Dog Saved from Euthanasia to Become All-Star Canine Cop

We just love a good Cinderella story, don’t we? There’s just something special about hearing a tale of someone (or some dog) down on their luck, only to find a handsome Prince Charming to make all their dreams come true. These stories aren’t just confined to children’s books, however. Every now and again, real life delivers a beautiful fairy tale worthy story to us, made so much better that it centers on a very special dog.

This tale begins in Austin, Texas at a local animal shelter. A yellow Labrador puppy was scheduled to be euthanized last year, but shelter volunteers realized something special about this little pup that made them take pause: he had an uncanny sense of smell. Our sweet little Luke was referred to Universal K9 by one of the employees in the hopes that the agency, who is known for training shelter dogs in order to become police dogs, could take him in.

As luck would have it, there was someone else out there- a prince charming of sorts- looking for a police dog to join him in the field. Joel Fields, an officer in Bel-Ridge, Missouri, was in search of a canine companion for his police force that had not used dogs in the field for over 20 years. But he didn’t want just any dog: he wanted a dog that could sniff out drugs but also be a friendly companion that could interact with students and local schools and in the community.

It was a perfect match for Luke and Officer Fields, who immediately bonded when they met in person. Lots of tail wagging and kisses later, Luke went to live in Missouri and begin training for his new role. He’s been officially on the job for just about two months and he’s already earned his keep: Luke has helped to solve almost a dozen major drug busts!

Best of all, Luke gets plenty of downtime when he’s not working. He lives with Officer Fields and his family, including a 7-year-old boy and two other dogs.


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