'We love him very much' - retired police dog Buzz finds forever home following appeal

Police dog Buzz has found a forever home to enjoy his well-earned retirement following a social media appeal.

By Sophie Brownson
Thursday, 7th January 2021, 2:53 pm
Updated Thursday, 7th January 2021, 2:54 pm

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The loving German Shepherd was in need of a new home after completing his service with Durham Constabulary in 2020.

The force shared an appeal to help find Buzz a caring family to enjoy his retirement with and were met with an overwhelming number of applicants wanting to take him in.

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And now police have confirmed that seven-year-old Buzz has settled in with his new owners in Kent.

Liz Blackmore, 57, and husband Martin Blackmore, 64, welcomed Buzz into their family in November and since then have been giving him lots of love and attention.

Liz used to work as kennel staff for Thames Valley Police and also ran a boarding kennels forThe Guide Dogs for the Blind Association (UK).

She said the pair were delighted to have been entrusted with helping Buzz put his paws up.

“He’s so soppy and absolutely adorable, we love him very much,” Liz said.

“I knew it was going to go mad when I saw it on the page and when we met him we just knew we were going to go for it – it was love at first sight.”

The couple have owned several German Shepherds and sadly lost their last one Rudy, eight, last February just before the first lockdown.

Liz, a senior assistant healthcare scientist, said it was a joy to have another pup in the house, especially as Marin, an electrician, was having to self-isolate.

“It’s unbelievable how much Buzz has settled in and he gets four walks a day,” she added.

“He’s such an affectionate little boy – he loves kisses and cuddles and chewing a good stick on a walk.

“He’s so good and an absolute joy to have – we love him very much.”

Dog Support Unit’s training assistant, Ann Younghusband, said: “It’s fantastic to see Buzz has settled in well to his new home and is getting a lot of love and attention he deserves in retirement.

“A special thanks to our kennel hands who worked so hard to find Buzz the perfect home and to everyone who shared our appeal, especially Thin Blue Paw Foundation whose post share led us directly to Mr and Mrs Blackmore.”

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