K9 Oso and Corporal Smith’s current partner, K9 Deputy Cash, are a sight to see. They are a gang of two and rule the neighborhood. They are best friends but this does not stop the occasional challenge for who is higher in the pecking order. In the beginning, Cash could not stand up to Oso but the roles have changed with Cash’s experience and Oso injuries becoming more pronounced. K9 Oso found a dear friend in his little sister Emma (our 6 lbs Chihuahua). Emma will constantly nibble at Oso’s ears, bite and hang from his jowls and lay between his front paws in the back yard. Oso has never nipped or been aggressive with Emma and he shows a great amount of patience with her puppy like demeanor.
Oso is still a very needy dog and will do whatever it takes to get attention. It can be a rhythmic deep bark, turning on the outside faucet or chewing on anything that makes noise. Recently Oso has learned that the 2X2 wood slats on the interior garage kennel are no match for his powerful jaws.
Since retirement, Oso has slowly become my wife’s dog. I must say I get a little jealous when we let him out of the dog run and he goes straight to my wife instead of me. But she does spend more time with him on walks and playing in the backyard than I do now a day.
Oso was forced to retire at the age of 5 due to injuries he received during training and some issues that are believed to be hereditary. Since retirement these injuries have become more pronounced and Oso is very aware of his limitations. Oso was diagnosed with arthritis in his lower spine and two damaged vertebrae in his neck. Oso is still a happy go lucky guy but has begun to slow down and is more cautious in his activities.”