BELLA and Blakey’s bark is not even worse than their bite – and that’s not saying much!
These two poor police dogs have been rejected from the force – for being too shy.
The pooches were donated to Northumbria Police with the aim of being trained up to join the dog squad.
But at 18-months-old, when Blakey started on the police dog training course, her nerves got in the way, meaning she was not brave enough to make the cut.
At just six-months-old, Bella is still a puppy, but her nervousness has got in the way of her enrolling on the course.
Now they’re in need of new homes.
Sergeant John Sim, of Northumbria Police dog training section, said: “Police dogs do need certain qualities and not all dogs have these, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be great pets.
“Both dogs are lovely and it’s a shame we have to rehome them, but unfortunately they’re too nervous to be police dogs.
“Bella and Blakey would suit people who have the time to invest in them and nurture them.”
While both dogs can be wary of new people and nervous around dogs, officers believe they just need the right people and some extra TLC.
Bella would suit an experienced dog owner with the time and know-how to help her overcome her timidity.
Blakey is loving and affectionate with people she knows, but is nervous of strangers.
She has lots of energy and loves long walks and would suit an adult-only home with someone with an understanding of the breed.
She has lived with another German shepherd, but is generally not good around other dogs.
To see a video of the dogs, visit www.northumbria.police.uk.
Anyone who thinks they are suitable and can offer either of the dogs a good home, can phone police on 101 or visit the Northumbria Police website.