THOMASVILLE — Thomasville Police Department Sgt. Daniel Powers’ best friend died Tuesday.
Hado, a retired police canine, was 13.
Before and after retirement in 2017, Hado, a handsome German shepherd, made his home with Powers.
Man and dog worked 12-hour police shifts together, then went home together.
“I spent more time with him than my family,” Powers said. “We were together non-stop.”
Hado, who lived with the Powers family after retirement, suffered from arthritis and kidney disease. He lived a year longer than expected, considering the debilitating illnesses.
Hado earned top awards in narcotics and patrol categories in U.S. Police Canine Association competition.
The dog was responsible for more than 1,000 narcotics arrests and tracked down numerous bad guys in felony arrests.
His expertise was not only used locally, but through Southwest Georgia.
“Ninety-nine percent of the people give up when they see him running after them,” Powers said.
Hado went to Powers’ rescue anytime the canine sensed the officer was in danger.
Powers stepped down as a canine officer when Hado retired.
Brandon Kent, a TPD canine officer, said his canine, Koda, is with him 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
“They would die for us,” Kent said about police dogs, adding that Koda senses his emotions before they are expressed. “They become your best friend for sure.”
TPD canine officer Grady Shiver said his canine, Tank, is moody.
“He’s a challenge. I love hm to death,” Shiver said.
Tank is loving, but gets tired of being told what to do.
“They look after you and protect you,” Powers said.
Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1820