Big Barker is proud to share the stories of Emma (German Shepherd) and Zeke (Lab), the newest recruits to the new Bucks County K9 Unit. These two amazing dogs work incredibly hard to serve their community and recently received Big Barker Beds to ensure that they get the rest and relaxation they need after a long day of work. Deputy Walton, Emma's Handler, and Deputy Brewerton, Zeke's Handler were kind enough to answer a few questions and tell us all about their beloved dogs!
1.) Tell us about Emma and Zeke?
The Hometown Foundation was gracious enough to facilitate the adoptions. We picked up Emma and Zeke from Connecticut in September 2022. Once we were told we would be starting up the Department’s very first K-9 unit, my wife, Christina, and I were head over heels for this assignment. They were family since day one.
2.) What type of work do you do and they do?
We work in Law Enforcement as Deputy Sheriffs. Emma will be used for explosive detection and patrol purposes throughout Bucks County, PA. Zeke will be used for explosive detection, and hopefully, move on to search and rescue!
3.) How would you describe their personalities and what makes them special?
Deputy Walton: “Emma is such a sweet, loving dog. She is my shadow. But don't let her size and easy going demeanor fool you, she is a little “firecracker” when she needs to be. What makes her special to me is how she has helped me overcome certain things from my military experience. She doesn't give me time to think, I'm always on the go with her. I just love her company. I can't wait to get through all of her training so we can start working together on the job. She also changed the way my wife looks at dogs. She never wanted a dog but she's absolutely in love with Emma.”
Deputy Brewerton: “Zeke is a goofball who loves to run and nap, eat and nap, fetch and nap- then repeat. He's a total lovebug who just wants chin rubs and belly rubs. His smile makes me laugh daily.”
4.) What are their favorite and least favorite things to do?
Deputy Walton: “Emma loves to be with me! So, I would have to say her favorite thing is being with me and spending time together. She loves to play fetch at the park and go on car rides. She is obsessed with going into the creek in our backyard to get wet. She loves chest rubs like you wouldn't believe. I haven't found anything she doesn't like to do yet. She is a fun, energetic dog.”
Deputy Brewerton: “I have yet to find something Zeke dislikes. Especially when it comes to food.”
5.) What is it like to work with them?
We haven't started working together as of yet. I know once we complete scent and patrol school we will have a great time! As for working with them in training, they’ve been awesome! They’ve both been amazing and learn fast what we are asking of them. Both will do very well when training is completed.
6.) What is something you want everyone to know about K9 dogs?
Deputy Walton: “I think everyone needs to know that these dogs go through a lot of training, and they are extremely intelligent animals. Not every dog can be a working dog. If they can't perform the way we need them to, it can be dangerous to them as well as the public when we are called upon to be used. Not all K-9’s are mean dogs that are going to just bite you. At the end of the day, they are like every other dog.”
Deputy Brewerton: “Many working dogs are super friendly and big lovebugs, they are extremely smart too, but please ask before you try to pet them. Some working dogs don't like to be startled, they're very protective of their best friends (handlers).”
7.) How did you hear about Big Barker?
We heard of Big Barker on Instagram. Since we follow a lot of dog pages, the Big Barker page would always pop up with the best advertising!
8.) What are your first impressions of the Big Barker Bed?
Deputy Walton : “When I opened the box and unrolled it from the wrap, I thought, “Wow this thing is big, Emma is going to love it”! And she sure does. It's nice and thick. She found out about 5 minutes after laying on it when she rolled off ha-ha. “
Deputy Brewerton: “The Big Barker bed has provided a luxurious place for Zeke to sleep after a long day. He loves it, and I love the washable cover. The materials are durable and do not rip, they are easy to clean and should last for a very long time!”
Thank you Emma, Zeke, and Deputy Walton & Brewerton for your support and all that you do for your community. We're so glad these precious pups have the best bed to come home to each day!
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