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January 2, 2010

TOP DOG: Police department’s newest K-9 reports for duty

Two alpha males compete to be the top dog.

It’s been that way since New Castle police officer Terry Dolquist met his new partner, Chico.

However, when it comes to drug detection and tracking bad guys, Chico is the man.

The 4-year-old, brindle-colored Dutch shepherd joined the city’s K-9 unit in late October but officially reported for duty Dec. 16. That was the day Dolquist returned to work after serving one year in Iraq with the Army National Guard.

Prior to that, the two spent time training, bonding — and proving who’s boss.

“Basically, it’s getting him to know he needs to listen to me,” Dolquist said. “He’s doing good. He’s feisty. We’ve had a few little battles, but we’re OK.

“He’ll jump up and snip me. He’s given me little bites before, but we pretty much have gotten him out of that now,” he said. “It’s just new environments, new people, new trainer, new handler. The dog sometimes gets frustrated until he figures out, ‘Hey, this is my dad. This is who I’m going to be with all the time.’ ”



RETIRING PARTNER

Dolquist, who joined the city police department in 1998, became a member of its K-9 unit in 2006 and partnered with Indy, a German shepherd.

The two remained a team until Dolquist left Oct. 19, 2008, for Iraq. A specialist assigned to the 107th in New Castle, Dolquist was called to service with the 1-108th HHB field artillery, which is part of the 56th Stryker Brigade of Carlisle, Pa.

“I was actually in-country for 7 1/2 months. The rest of the time I was in training,” he said, noting his stops at Fort Polk, La., and Camp Shelby in Mississippi before heading overseas.

While in Iraq, he operated computers that controlled artillery guns miles away from his command center. Back home, Indy’s future was in limbo.

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