Don’t be surprised if your next encounter with the UNH Police includes a few head scratches and some vigorous tail wagging. In July, the department adopted a female golden lab puppy from Hero Pups, a volunteer organization in Stratham, New Hampshire, that trains service dogs for veterans and first responders. Named Charlee by children at the UNH Child Study and Development Center, the puppy joins the force as a comfort dog for students and other members of the campus community. Although she’s still in training, Charlee is already making herself at home in Durham — and in demand among ‘Cats in need of a little canine therapy.
“She’s going to need her own assistant at this rate,” jokes UNH Police Chief Paul Dean.