After a long day at work or in class, how many times have you nodded off? It’s something that many of us can identify to, even if it’s only for a few minutes until we’re shaken by a friend or colleague.
But can you imagine sleeping through a significant event that has been planned specifically for you? That’s exactly happened to Brody, a cute K-9 comfort dog who fell asleep during his Rhode Island swearing-in ceremony.
The 12-week-old puppy got up extra early for his big swearing-in ceremony, but despite his best efforts, he couldn’t keep his eyes open once the festivities began.
Brody’s handler Keith Medeiros tells us more about the dog’s personality in an interview with The Dodo: “He plays really hard and he sleeps really hard. When he’s not playing, he’s sleeping, which is kind of tough because he sleeps a lot.”
Brody’s enthusiasm for the big day had definitely gotten to him, and he’d gotten himself so worked up in the days leading up to the big event that he had to close his eyes for the rest of it. As you can see from the cute photos, he sat down at his desk and basically faded out, leaving the cops to finish the ceremony.
The Bristol Police Department, where Brody is now a member of the force, weighed many choices before deciding to hire him. Some members of the squad recommended adding a bomb-sniffing dog to the mix, but Officer Mederios had other plans.
He thought that a therapy dog would be a much better option, which is how Brody enters the picture. As you would expect, his coworkers were excited about the prospect of a therapy dog, and when Brody arrived, it was if Christmas had arrived early.
Brody joined the team in March 2020, just as the coronavirus epidemic was getting underway. The police were concerned that bringing a new dog into the squad would be difficult, but Brody quickly fit in and began playing an important role.
Officer Mederios said:
“People are really stressed, especially in law enforcement. Just by walking in the police department with Brody, people immediately smile, they immediately get into a better place. They want to pet him, want to hug him and it’s just a really good thing.”
Despite the fact that Brody slept through his initiation ceremony, there’s no doubt that he’s incredibly focused on his work, and officers are immediately pleased to have him around.
Brody, you’re doing a fantastic job of keeping everyone’s spirits up!