Ryker loved going to work with Deputy Hulme! He took large amounts of narcotics off our streets, had a high apprehension rate (getting the bad guy) and was a great partner! When Ryker saw Deputy Hulme put his uniform on, Ryker would get so excited because he was going to get to work! When this team first hit the streets, K9 Ryker would bark so loud whenever Hulme got on his radio – no one could hear a thing with Ryker’s excitement.
Tracking and doing building searches was one of Ryker’s favorite things to do. Ryker was so smart, he learned how to drink out of any drinking fountain and he could turn on any automatic sink in buildings they were searching so he could get a quick drink while searching! Ryker’s intelligence, coupled with his attention to everything around him and his proactiveness, enabled him to be the first LCSO K9 to participate in missions with the SWAT team.
Although K9 Ryker is very protective and focused on his job, he is very affectionate and playful. He would sit on laps, kiss little kids, or roll over for a belly rub. Barb (Larimer Retired K9 Foundation) calls him her “hugger” because he would stand up and give you a big furry hug! Deputy Hulme occasionally had to remind her that Ryker was a working dog not a snuggle dog but Ryker knew when he was working and when he was off duty and could snuggle!