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The Road to Becoming a K9 Handler, Words of Advice, and More with C. Burke

The Road to Becoming a K9 Handler, Words of Advice, and More with C. Burke
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Alright, so we’re here today with Deputy Burke on the source podcast. So, I’m happy to have you all things working dogs. I’m ready to get started with this week’s episode and I’m excited to have Burke on. I was looking forward to this with everything that’s been happening this whole week

I was just excited to have you on and be able to talk some dogs stuff with you. So, welcome, Burke. Thank you. Thank you for having me. Well, tell everybody about yourself. Give you a few minutes to kind of sell yourself real quick to everybody. Let them know who you are and what you about. All right, Sergeant Burke, Toliver County Sheriff’s Office, recent graduate from CCU, adult crypto.

He’s 19 months old. I’m his first handler. Obviously, my first dog. Excited. Been with the sheriff’s office four years. Started off in communications, then went to the police academy. I wanted to be a handler. As soon as I got [00:01:00] on road patrol, but my sheriff told me when I have to show her that I have an understanding that a dog is just a tool, then we can move forward with that process.

So I was honored when she gave me the privilege to. Complete canine journey. Well, that’s great. You know, it’s always refreshing to see somebody come up through the ranks. People don’t understand how valuable it is to work your way up. Right? Everybody wants to start at the top. And, you know, do all these exciting things, but they don’t understand. You know, they see where you’re at now, but they don’t understand where you came from and this was a four year process. This wasn’t one day. Click your toes or your heels and all of a sudden you’re in Wizard of Oz or back home.

Right? So it was a process and I want to go over that process a little bit as we talk because I want people to understand that. And I want people to understand that it, It’s hard work to be where you are. And, I want people to see that, that path that you took,[00:02:00] because it’s a path that many, many others take, ultimately once you decide to make that leap, but I also want to, I want people to understand that it’s not easy either.

All right, that’s great. Now, tell me the agency you work for again. It’s Toliver County Sheriff’s Office in Georgia. Now, where’s that located in respect , to the rest of the state? It’s Northeastern Georgia. Okay. Northeast Georgia off of 20, right? Yes, sir. What counties do you have surrounding you? our neighboring counties are Warren County, Wilkes County, Green County, Hancock County, Overthorpe County. And, you know, obviously I always have a plan to what I’m talking about.

Right. So I’m telling everybody that because I want them to picture, especially those that may just be listening what your county looks like right in relationship to everybody else in the state, but also the availability now. With your dog being there. You just mentioned, [00:03:00] right before we started Aaron, that you had a call out today from a neighboring agency, green County, and, , you know, that’s a vital part of your role as well as supporting those neighboring counties.

Right. Right. And that’s important because people don’t understand that it’s not just your County that you’re supporting, but your sheriff has taken an active role, not just in supporting the K 9 unit. As a whole in the store in the maintenance of that, but also, I would assume your sheriff allows you to go to these neighboring agencies and assist them as well, right?

Yes, sir. Is that what you envisioned? Like coming on his canine? Is that is, you know, taking on those roles that did you envision that? Yes, sir. Because we do it for other causes. Well, , so I knew that would be a part. , but to be honest, did I knew that I would actually get called? Did I think I would actually get called?

No, sir. I did not. I knew it was a possibility, but I didn’t think I would [00:04:00] get called. Why is that? I Just didn’t feel as if I would get called. It’s a rare occurrence when they call us for things. And Chris, I would like to say hi. He’s here. We’re outside. It’s a nice day.

He heard you were being a movie star today, so he wanted to go ahead and join too, right? That’s all right. We love to, we love to holler at him too. We’ll get some words from him in just a minute. Okay. Yes. So we’re going to we’re going to come back to that statement because somebody mentioned that earlier when we were at the Canine Memorial, Pat kind of mentioned that.

And, , not wanting to be a handler that doesn’t get called out. But that happens, , you have only been out of school a short period of time, but that happens quite frequently. That represent, that representation of your agency and also that reputation that you begin to build is the reason why.

you’re beginning to get [00:05:00] called out for more. And it’s funny when handlers stop getting called out, they don’t sometimes remember that it’s because of that reputation that they built. And the hard work that you put in with your dog, people see that. So that’s why they call you out. And that’s why when they think about a handler that is going to come support their agency, they want one that’s trained up, ready to go, doesn’t make excuses.

And handles business when they come out. And that doesn’t mean success or unsuccess that’s directly related to your reliability. they want somebody that they can depend on. And obviously so far that, especially coming from green County that has an estate, that’s important.

So Bert, let’s talk a little bit about the process that you went through. And one thing that I want to focus on for just a moment is, , that process of starting four years ago and then leading up to. You being selected [00:06:00] as a canine handler for your agency. What did that look like? , it looked sitting in dispatch, , day shift, night shift.

 it drove me nuts. Cause I’m not the type of person that would just sit still for a while, but I knew what I wanted. I trusted my sheriff. If she says something, you can bet your money on it. she told me, just be patient. We don’t have any roads. positions right now, but when we do, I’ll send you to the academy.

And so what happened, she didn’t send me once. I actually went to the police academy three times. I failed two times prior, but I didn’t give up. The first time I failed, the EVOC, the threshold breaking, I had trouble with that. I got discouraged. Our agency is more like a family. You know, everybody lifted me up like, you know what?

I’m gonna go back. I’m gonna do it again. Go back. I feel firearms. , [00:07:00] so now I’m really frustrated. I’m back in dispatch. My prize hurt. I like guns. I feel firearms. so then his last time You know, I make it, I push through, I graduated the police academy June 2021. So then I get to be on the road served as a sheriff’s executive assistant, filling in on the road when people call out and kind of learn my way around.

Now I’m very familiar with the community cause I’m actually from Tolliver County, I just went to the air force. So that helps out a lot too within the community. But as far as like the I 20 part. They’re through FTO. They helped me get through and then I started like sure. I want to be canine. I want to be canine.

I just can’t so she’s like well If you can go out there and show me that you understand that the dog is just a tool when you can start performing on your own, I’ll send you to Cayman High School. [00:08:00] And so it’s basically just patience, dedication, determination, and that not giving up. And I think that’s an important part, right, is that not giving up part, you mentioned a little bit about your military service, which teaches you some core principles, through that service, and then you come into the law enforcement realm.

And, you know, you didn’t ask for it to be handed to, I know your sheriff very well, we go way back.

, but you didn’t get discouraged when you didn’t succeed the first time, right? And, and I think that’s important because even in canine, a lot, I see a lot of people avoid, especially avoid our school because they feel like, it may be a little bit too difficult at times.

And so they may choose to go other places. Don’t be scared to face those difficult areas. you could have very much said, you know what, forget it. I’m going to go do this. I’m going to give up, can’t pass Evoc or can’t pass firearms and I’m going to go do something else, [00:09:00] but you stuck with it.

But I think the important part is, is also your, your sheriff didn’t give up on you, your team, the other people around you. Didn’t give up on you. And it’s funny because even before you came to school, when I told, Pat and them over at green County, that your agency was sending somebody else to come get a new dog they knew exactly who I was talking about and then told me, Hey man, she’s going to be a good one.

She’s going, she’s going to be all right. You know, cause I knew you from being on the road and such. Thank you. That means a lot. So now we come through this process of getting the dog, getting selected and now leading up to, coming to canine school. Did you have any preconceived notions about what school was going to be like?

Yes, I did. And it was not like that at all. So in my head, I had it made up. I was going to [00:10:00] go. I was going to be handed a lease and literally this is what I thought. I was going to be handed a lease. He was going to teach me what to say to this dog. And it was gonna know everything. I don’t know why, that’s just what I thought.

I looked at YouTube, I seen the dogs do it. I was like, oh, that’s pretty sweet. Nobody told me about the tracking part. Nobody told me I would be going through the woods. I had no idea about that. Like, none. And it was funny because I remember Instructor Spencer, he told me, , the first time I seen a dog work on the wall, he was like, you just standing there watching the dog in amazement.

And I was like, yes, sir, because I’m amazed. I really just thought like these dogs were just not born that way. But I didn’t get the reason that the handler graduates with the dog. But now it makes so much more sense. [00:11:00] Yeah, absolutely. You know that viral part of you guys becoming a team is so important.

Learning the dog, the dog learning you, , obviously we saw a short clip of crypto there, but the bond now that you guys have is inseparable. that’s an important aspect. That socialness and that social drive that that dog has to please you is a vital part of you guys becoming a team.

So then let’s, let’s move into, now you’re going to be the only dog handler for your agency, correct? Yes. And now you’re in school. Did any of those demons come back into your head about the failures that you had before, like in the police academy? Did that play any role in your training in canine school?

Yeah, cause that first week, it was rough. Crypto, I couldn’t do anything with him. I know it was a [00:12:00] nightmare, walking to the kennel. You know, we had to do the morning kennel maintenance, feed him to clean the kennel. To get him out, he would almost knock me down every morning, and I was like, I don’t know if I can do this.

It was like, this dog, I don’t, I don’t know. And he would jump up on me and nip me, and I was like, I think this dog hates me, but it was just, I didn’t understand it. yeah, I didn’t understand him at all, and I was just so scared to fail. And the tracking part, it was just so frustrating for me because I didn’t understand.

I’ve never been in the woods like that before. And then I got this 73 pound dog pulling me. That was very frustrating for me.

So how did you overcome those things? I know week one’s always, we say it’s like drinking out of a fire hose for most people. So now you’re, you know, you’re in a pretty short course, you know, you’re in a four week course, right? So week one, that’s just 25 percent of your course is done.

You’re struggling both mentally and physically, [00:13:00] and you only have 75 percent left. But let’s also remember that last week, at least half of it is certification. So you really only have two, two and a half weeks of getting ready to certify. So, , how does that play on your mentally? How does that play on you physically?

And then , do you have any aha moments where you just go? Oh, I got it. Like, okay, now we’re clicking. And then when did that happen? With the. Trusting your instructors, trusting your dogs and taking notes. And what I would do at night time when I was writing my canine tracks, the things that we would do and what I would notice with him, I would always go back and look the day before.

Like if we tracked on Tuesday, on Wednesday, I would go back and look and see what we did. Even the small things like about if he runs around. The tree on the right side, I need to come around and grab the leash with my right [00:14:00] hand so he’s not tangled. So now I’m not running circles around the tree, tangling the leash up more, you know, those things like that.

And it’s like, You gotta step back, take a breather, just calm down, and follow the instructions. Cause I knew I had no idea about the dogs. But you did own, you already had a mouth that you owned, which was fat, right? So, it wasn’t like you were totally unfamiliar with dogs. However, now you’re stepping into the working realm of it.

And, that’s a vastly different and sometimes we don’t understand that owning a pet at home and training and working a dog or like night and day, right? Right. It is. And my male at home, she’s more just like, Hey, I’m the baby, and crypto is more like, let’s work. We’re going to work.

. Okay. All right. You know, I think it’s, I think it’s a unique perspective, [00:15:00] right? It’s been a long time since I’ve been through canine school. Many years 2002 to be exact. So a lot of years 21 years ago, but I can still remember these training sets. I can still remember like these frustrating days and and all this stuff that went on in school that led me over to making that transition to.

Getting out on the road. So when we look at that, I think about some successes that I had in school. Can you think of maybe one or two times that you can share with the people that are listening or maybe even watching ? , when you Felt like you succeeded in school, when you felt like you have accomplished something, can you talk a little bit about that?

Again, so, the tracking, I would say that was kind of like the biggest one because in my mind, I wanted to guide the [00:16:00] leash versus just trusting my dog. And so I found that very difficult. And so one time I was like, let me just see what happens. I’m gonna just follow him and see what happens.

Read his body language like they say, and just see, gentle leash, let it guide. Cut him properly and we did it in about five minutes. And that was like my light bulb and I was like that does work. And so then from there on out, because tracking, tracking was the hardest. I think I would fall on every single track every time we went into those woods.

But you know, just stick with it, get better and better. Yeah, you know, I see students, right? No matter male, female, doesn’t matter, there’s always seems to be an area that they excel at naturally and areas that they have difficulty in naturally, even if [00:17:00] there are two or three time handlers, there always seems to be that conflict, if you will, between the handler and the dog where they’re not working as seamlessly as they could, but then you go into other areas and it’s like, Perfect, , and it comes naturally and it just happens and they flow and they look good but it sounds like to me Tracking was your achilles heel yes It was, but that’s okay because now, you’re at a point where for one, you pass cert with this unknown, you know, set times over 20 minutes, semi urban area, and you went out there and banged it out.

 How long did it take you to run your search track? So even with search, so the first one I failed, but then the second one, we did it in under six minutes, just under six minutes. What was the difference between the two tracks? [00:18:00] The fast one, it was more of a rural area. The first one, we went to the East Hall Park.

And it was a more populated area. He may have gotten on the wrong track. it was a lot of people out there. So we had some difficulty. We went in a complete opposite direction. Okay. Okay. And then you went out on your second track and finished it up. Yes. We bang it out. I was proud.

Well, your school was four weeks and now, , leading out of school, you’ve had some difficulties, you’ve overcome those challenges, and then you graduated and now you’re out on your own and working.

Only dog handler for your county. You’ve been called out several times by other counties. You’ve had some big licks or as Maya would put it, you’ve had some big bust. That’s what she was telling you. I didn’t [00:19:00] know that wasn’t the right term.

I said, never say that again. Okay.

But anyway, tell me about some challenges. What was your biggest challenge now making that transition from school to real life with your dog? from school because of that more controlled setting that I was used to. as far as that working part of it. it was more difficult when we’re out in the real world searching cars.

 he would kind of get like stubborn on me because in training he finds it we know where where the aid is he gets paid for it. but obviously we can’t do that real world. And paying for it because it’s unsure. And I had a lot of deployments without him getting the payments and my [00:20:00] training deployment ratio wasn’t adding up.

So that’s something that I’ve had to fix. Well, let’s talk about that for just a minute. Cause for those that may not be tracking what we’re talking about here. and again, I know the background, so I can talk a little bit about it. You talked about this over the phone when you were having those get difficulty.

 so what was happening was you were doing a lot of deployments, right? And because he wasn’t getting paid on the side of the road, because you couldn’t confirm, The alerts, it was very lopsided. So one thing that we had talked about was making sure that for one, you set up training, realistic and very training, but also that he shouldn’t know whether it’s a deployment.

 Or the fact that it’s a training session. And so we need to increase the amount of training we’re doing to offset the amount of deployments you’re having with out reward. And, we just wanted to even [00:21:00] those out because we should be doing multiple times the amount of deployments that we’re having.

So we have to offset. The inability to reward the dog on the side of the road with more training on the side of the road where he is getting rewarded and we’ve just got to fade towards reality a little bit to make those deployments and to transition from initial handler basic training to real world and that was one of the things we talked about.

But I think it’s important that we understand that there is a transition period and I won’t say it’s a period of time. It’s just, you know, the analogy that I would give is this that deputy or that police officer that comes out of the Academy is not the same deputy or police officer a year later, right?

You’re fresh. You’re wet behind the ears. You’re new, like all these things that we got to expose a new handler. Or a new officer or new deputy to when they get out of the academy to get them operating like [00:22:00] a veteran just takes time, but it also takes. Actually answering calls, get into things, making traffic stops and all those things.

And that’s what we always tell our handlers too. Don’t get out there and not deploy your dog. You got to get out there and get that experience and get that dog used to deploying, used to the unknown. because The handler also has to get used to that. So that team has to grow over the next, 30 days all the way up to the next year.

And I always say it takes six months to a year for you guys to start operating, as a well oiled machine, if you will. Some takes longer than others, but at the end of the day, you have to deploy to get that experience. Whereas I see a lot of handlers not deploy because they’re unsure. They’re, Maybe a little scared to fail, but you jump right into it.

And you’re one of those exceptions where I had to tell you, Hey, you still got to get your training in every week. You still got to [00:23:00] push in the training side of things too, because you got to even and balance that out a little bit. And, so how did that work out for you? We fixed it. we came back through training, but I agree with you saying, well, we came back up to CCU.

We did some training with the guys and they helped out a lot. We learned different methods….

yeah, it’s all part of that learning process, you know, being a new handler, being a new dog team, you got to rely on those that have experience as well, right? And it’s not just us. You have some good handlers around you that are willing to help you. And that’s what several people have mentioned in past episodes is making sure you build a good network, whether it’s in Whether it’s a canine handler position, like you got to surround yourself with good people that are willing to help you.

And I know you have that, and that’s the reason why early on in our talk, I brought up the fact that you’re a one handler [00:24:00] department, you’re the only handler for that department. So it’s important that you seek out others. Yes, us. We’re always there to support you and help you. We train pretty often together, but also other handlers that are in your area, reaching out to them and training with them and getting their advice.

And I know, Lieutenant from Green County helped you, like everybody wants to pour into you. And that’s great. That’s a great family to have. I say, yes, sir. So now you made that transition. You graduated. You’ve had some difficulties. Thank you. Now, was there anything that you feel could have been done better in school to help you better prepared for making that transition?

 in school? No, sir. I just want to like more roadside because this is specific to my area or roadside deployments out in the training.

Well, that’s great that you brought that up because I hope the people in the trainers that are [00:25:00] listening. Understand what you’re saying, right there. You’re saying that you would have liked to had more roadside experience, maybe some. Vehicle pullovers and things that, that nature more though in your basic handler course.

So that’s one thing that we can put in our toolbox and learn from his trainers is this is coming from a handler that just transitioned to the real world with her dog first time handler and you need more roadside vehicle pullovers, maybe roadside work. That type of thing. Right. Well, that’s great because that’s great advice for everybody.

I hope everybody’s writing this down and taking notes and thinking about ways to implement that in your into their training and that will be a discussion that we have with our team as well as hey, we need to find more time to fit this in. And get more time and work. And I know it’s,, four weeks is four weeks.

You got to get everything you can in four weeks. But, that’s great to know. [00:26:00] All right. So I know you mentioned a little bit about, , coming back and training with us for those that. Operate training academies or canine schools like we do. Is there any way the school could support you a little bit better in that transition period?

Is there things that they could set up or, maybe be intentional about setting up as you make that transition? As a new handler You made this transition and yeah, we preach that we’re always available for you , is there something intentional that we can set up to help that transition Once you leave school and I’m not talking about we as in CCU I’m talking about we as the community of canine trainers as businesses, because we have a lot of people that run kennels and run training facilities that listen to us.

 is there anything that we can do to help make that transition better? If you had a name, you know, 1 to 3 things. That we can do to intentionally now, you know, like an FTO or something like that, that we can do to make your transition [00:27:00] easier as a canine handler. What would those things be? For a handler to know that they can come back and get hands on with experienced people and get that assistance. That’s great. I don’t feel like there’s anything more that could be done. Also, as a handler, I feel like you have to take the initiative yourself. and in law enforcement, you can’t expect anyone to hold your hand. You gotta have motivation of your own to do it. That’s how you get better. You can’t Sit around and wait for somebody to be like, Oh, come on, let’s do it. It doesn’t work that way. You have to put the effort in yourself. And as long as the invitation is there for those kennels, for people to come train, that’s great.

I don’t feel like there’s anything more that could be done besides making it known that that’s available. That’s good info to hear and refreshing. You know, you said a profound statement. And I don’t even know if you realized [00:28:00] that you said it right. You said, sometimes we got to have accountability and a lot of people make excuses.

And that was one thing I was going to mention about you. Just knowing you through school, I wasn’t part of your training. Cause I never would take credit for that. But I’m saying that because when I had the opportunity to train with you when we went to Green County together and, you know, did the school searches and was on the side of the interstate and the time that every day that I saw you.

You were just like you are right now, upbeat, ready to go, very respectful. , Sometimes I would just wish sometimes you’d cuss a person out or two, just so that I could see that right. But you were always yes, sir. No, sir. Always willing to listen. You had two ears and one mouth and the balance of that was great because [00:29:00] you didn’t try to speak more than you listened.

 and then you tried to learn from every single session and just going back and reviewing your training records for the next day. I don’t even know how many handlers that are listening to this right now would go back and go, you know what? I never did that. Maybe I need to start doing that to be a better handler.

And that’s great advice. I mean, you don’t do training records for nothing. that’s to go back and review them and to, to learn from them. And that’s exactly what you did when you were struggling in those times of need. But then you said, Hey, we got to take accountability for our own shortfalls and then reach out.

Yeah. , Communicate, Hey, I need help. I need this. I need that. And then all of a sudden things start to work out and fall into place. It wasn’t a bunch of excuses, which you probably could have been. Oh man, this is not going right. I don’t know this. I’m not going to deploy my dog. I’m not ready. I’m not this.

I’m not that, but you didn’t do that. In a very short period of time, you’re able to make cases, you’re [00:30:00] able to assist other agencies, you’re able to do this, and you’re able to do that, and it’s because you deploy, you ask questions, you learn, you identify shortfalls, and then you work on those things, and then you seek out those that can help you, and that’s, shoot, man, how many handlers don’t even do that?

It’s profound that you even say that.

All right. So now where do you see you taking this for your department? I would like to expand the K 19. I would like to see someone else there with me. One more? Two more?

 What are we looking at? What can we expect? Two more. I can have two more. Alright. As long as they’re like you, we’re good. Yes. I mentioned early on knowing your sheriff and can you give your sheriff’s name so everybody knows because and I’ll tell you the reason why here in just a minute, but go ahead.

It’s Sheriff Teal McWilliams. So Sheriff McWilliams, we go way back. [00:31:00] She’s been involved in some other purchases of dogs for Teleferro County in the past, while she worked for another sheriff and then now as the sheriff. So during this time, she has had every excuse in the book not to continue her canine unit.

And I talked to her about this , and I told her, that’s to be commended because there’s been handlers that have left. you guys have had to retrain other handlers with another dog or with the same dog. All in short periods of time, but the sheriff has always been 100 percent behind the canine unit, like wholeheartedly.

And I see so many administrators at times look for excuses on why they shouldn’t keep their canine unit. Now, I understand some of it is return on investment. I get that, but I see your sheriff as somebody that I respect, [00:32:00] somebody that I can always turn to for advice, but also

, if the sheriff says something, you can go ahead and take it to the bank because it’s going to happen. And that goes a lot for her character. For the way she runs the agency and also the commitment that she has for the canine unit. And I gotta give her a shout out because You don’t see that all the time.

And I bring up Talaferro County because there’s some bigger agencies that are around you. Is that correct? Yes, sir. That’s correct. But you choose to stay there. Why is that? It’s the leadership, the loyalty, like the family, because we’re so small, but we’re known. On the inside, we’re a family.

, everybody has a shoulder, , and there’s work wise or personal. We can always turn to one another to uplift each other, any type of advice. And we’re always there for each other. We’re a team on the deputy side, dispatchers, our office personnel, we’re all a family. [00:33:00] Well, obviously that starts with leadership that starts from the support of the sheriff.

And for all those leaders that are listening right now, those that are running companies, those are maybe running agencies, a small. County. and you said it earlier, you had to wait to get on the road because there was no positions available. So we’re talking about workforce problems. We’re talking about not being able to keep law enforcement.

I think you gave some keys on how people keep people at their agencies, right? Create a family, be compassionate, you know, be involved with each other’s lives. I say this often, we have nobody but ourselves. That’s going to help us during bad times. When we lose that, who else do we have to turn to?

Then it becomes transactional. And when we become transactional, ,as trainers, as leaders, [00:34:00] people are going to leave. People are going to move on. People are going to be looking for something. As we know, we don’t make a lot of money in law enforcement as a whole. So what keeps people somewhere? Well, you gave us some insight to that and obviously your sheriff’s department, your sheriff.

is doing a good job with that by supporting that type of atmosphere and that type of environment would you would you say yes yes sir and actually one of our mottos is to serve with love and compassion this she likes that love and compassion those two words are key within our agency Well, that’s great. . So again, we can check off the boxes on why this may be happening, right? As I look back throughout my career and throughout my time, even at CCU, , even we say CCU family, we want people to feel that they can always turn [00:35:00] to us past, present.

Future employees , we’re always there trying to support because nobody else will understand what we go through. Nobody else will be there to support you if we don’t do it. And, , so I’m glad to hear that. That’s how your agency is. I had my suspicions on how it was ran just because I know the sheriff, but I’m not there every day.

So it’s coming from someone that’s there every single day so that’s good news.

 I want to look at . One more thing real quick. You know, tell us what you with the biggest thing that you find that you’ve had to work on with crypto your dog. The one you love since becoming a canine team. What’s one of the biggest things that you’ve had to work on?

Obedience with him. We do that every day, working or non working, even if I bring him downstairs to break at home, because I feel like that’s constant training that we need every day. Even if it’s like a short five [00:36:00] minute working with him, walking beside my leg, we get some training in with obedience. so that’s most important.

That’s great. You’re continuing to build on that foundation and that’s awesome. Anytime, anywhere, and you’re incorporating it into your everyday life. And then last, very last question. You’ve only been on the road a short period of time. What’s your biggest fun with him so far? Okay, so our first day after graduation, Like I hope I get to use and that’s what I’m saying.

Getting ready for work. This is my thought. I hope I get to use in the day. I hope I get to use them. We get out one deployment. We find some marijuana roaches and ashtray. All right. Second deployment. We get outta Yeah. . Yeah, Roche. But I’m noticing stuff on that stop too, because you know, they’re [00:37:00] trying to smell, trace the odor, the source.

So he went there, and then what I noticed, the driver’s side window was down. We were on the passenger side of the car. The passenger door was open. And from that wind flow, he started to smell the seam of that A pillar. So I’m noticing stuff, so I’m like, alright, I’ll put him back up. So then, three hours later, we get back out there.

And then, there’s a traffic stop, order marijuana, get the guys out, three bags in the backseat. He instantly goes to the middle one. It’s an ounce of marijuana in there. Another bag had 24, 000 in it. First day of work, second deployment. And that’s awesome, man. I, you know, we’ve had guys and girls that have, left school and they’ve, been able to find somebody, but I think that takes the cake for money on the first [00:38:00] day back at work.

 so ,that’s awesome. What was the biggest miss you’ve had so far? The biggest miss? I wouldn’t know. I wouldn’t know. Okay. I missed it. That was a trick question. Yeah. Alright. Hey, Burke, I gotta thank you for spending some time with me today, talking, , It’s always refreshing to hear different perspectives and you’re a new handler.

You’re a new team. You’re not perfect. You got a long way to grow, but I always love your attitude. Your attitude is refreshing. Like I can talk to you first thing in the morning and I’m happy for the rest of the day. I’m like, yes, let’s do this. I’m hyped up. I don’t think anything can go wrong because I’ve talked to Burke and Burke told me, Hey, let’s just do it.

So I love it. , you have a lot to give to our industry and I appreciate you for that. Yes, sir. Thank you.

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