“As a self-proclaimed sceptic in matters of the spiritual nature, i.e. after-life communication (although, quite contradictory a firm believer in God) I had to remain open minded.
I sent the obligatory photo to Sarah, who knew part of the role my friend played in my life.
That being said a week or so later, Sarah dispatched to me some hand written notes entitled Duke.
Duke’srole was “passive drugs detection dog” which meant he detected people carrying drugs. He was a Black Labrador cross and the role he was employed in relied on Duke not being tactile in any way, just getting on with the job in hand. To this end Duke was very aloof. However, My daughter Tiah had a great bond with Duke, when in the house he constantly wanted to be near her. Occasionally coming to sit on my feet. All this was picked up by Sarah.
Sarah stated that Duke was still in a working role, which I could say I could see and understand if in fact the spirits/souls go on, then Duke has been this way several times before! It was picked up in his early training that Duke was a natural at his job. He knew instinctively when he was working. This quickly led to him being the best Passive dog in the country and requested by other forces to come and work for them during operations.
This leads me onto a second correct statement by Sarah that he wears his purple badge with pride. Although Duke was the country’s No.1 dog, the Police Bosses never deemed it important to reward Duke for his “finds.” He holds some great records over 8 years of work. However some close friends of mine (unbeknown to Sarah) decided they would give him a little medal and badge for his efforts and the displays he did with the RAF Air Cadets. Again not known about by Sarah. The badge was predominantly purple and the Medal was a miniature Military cross. This was all tongue in cheek, however the sentiment was spot on. Sarah nailed this and the fact that Duke went to schools and colleges to do drug presentations with me. Again Duke showing his true skills and abilities which were just uncanny. Sarah had picked up on all this.
In summary, I am very sad still that Duke is gone, a part of me is missing and I look back with fondness of our time together, the hotel rooms which Duke snuggled up on the bed after a hard days work. Sarah has brought some comfort to me knowing Duke is not in pain and is enjoying his new role. And that I am not to worry.
I think I remain slightly sceptical, but question myself on, ‘How did Sarah Know??’
Police Dog Handler 2443 P BRACKPOOL
Distance photograph communication with Duke in spirit