A POLICE dog is getting his teeth into retired life.
Boscoe is hanging up his lead from Durham Constabulary this weekend after spending his whole life with the force.
A ceremony to honour his eight years of graft was held for the German Shepherd at the Sun Inn at Beamish ahead of DogWise, a day of activities including displays, K9 pursuits, flyball demonstrations and a gun dog show.
The museum will host the inaugural event on Sunday.
Boscoe and handler Pc Marty Gingell, who has handled him since he was a pup, were given a chance to put their feet up in the pub ahead of the day.
The dog has worked in firearms support and in public order during his time, playing a part in managing demonstrations and displays.
With the help of the newly-formed Paws Up charity, which helps cover the cost of caring for police dogs in their later years, he will be given a new home with owners where he will enjoy his retirement.
Pc Gingell said: “Boscoe and I have been a team since he was a very small puppy and have a great bond, which relies on trust and understanding.
“It will be a sad day on Sunday when he finally retires, but I know that he will have a great life with his new owners.”
DogWise will be opened at 11am by Chief Constable Mike Barton and will run until 5pm.