The handlers of Lalu, a police sniffer dog from Karnataka, were told that the canine only had a few months to live. It was discovered that the doberman suffered from prostatic hyperplasia, a condition where an organ's cells have abnormal growth leading to slow degeneration.
But constable Thimmarayappa, the dog's trainer, who had been taking care of eight-year-old Lalu since he was a puppy, refused to give up on him, says a report in The Times of India.
Refusing to 'dispose off' the dog as he was advised to, Thimmarayappa instead decided to take care of the canine and make him fit for the All India Police Duty Meet competition.
Lalu, a sniffer dog trained to track criminals, started showing signs of ill health when the colour of his urine started to look like blood.
"His urine looked like blood and he was in pain four months ago, when he was brought to us. We never thought he could take part in any competition," Lohit HD, the veterinarian who treated Lalu, told TOI.
But with care and exercise, Lalu started showing definite signs of improvement.
"When the bleeding started, we were worried. Initially he was not responding to treatment either; but later, a combination of Ayurveda, homeopathy and allopathic medicines did the job," Lalu's mentor Thimmarayappa said.
In fact, Lalu was recovered so well that he even his tracking skills started getting sharper.
According to a report in Bangalore Mirror, Lalu excelled in the tracking part of the competition, where he was given a piece of cloth, from an outfit worn by a person previously and he had to track the man. Lalu hunted down the correct guy who was at least five kilometres away.
Ultimately, Lalu won the silver medal at the All India Police Duty Meet competition held earlier this month.
Happy that their precious pet and colleague had won the silver in the prestigious competition, the Kannadigas were especially proud that Lalu had won against several elite canine units from forces such as the Central Reserve Police Force, Border Security Force, Sashastra Seema Bal and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police, among others.
Well, this dog definitely seems to have had his day.
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