Officer Jose Bosque and his canine partner Bronko were in the process of searching a ball field for a criminal suspect when the bad guy suddenly ran to the top of a set of bleachers. Bronko immediately set out to apprehend the bad guy. With nowhere else to go, and desperate to remain free, the suspect jumped to the ground. The relentless dog followed.
The twenty-five foot drop proved to be too much for the dedicated animal. Unfortunately, Bronko suffered a broken vertebrae and a ruptured disc, which left his hind legs totally useless. His back end was paralyzed.
Officer Bosque and his wife began a rehab program for the dog, which included using a rolled up towel to support Bronko’s hind end during walking.
The couple devoted all their attention and effort to helping Bronko live as comfortably as possible, including assisting the dog with bathroom needs and exercise. Exercise is extremely important to an animal that’s used to doing everything in fast motion, as do most police canines. Bosque and his wife even canceled their scheduled vacation to care for Bronko.
After many weeks of towel-assisted movement, Bronko regained limited use of his back legs. In fact, he was even able to return to work as drug sniffing dog—a very slow drug dog, but it didn’t matter. He was working and that’s all these dogs want to do. They live for it.
Now, four months after his injury, Bronko has been re-certified as a patrol dog and is back on the job chasing bad guys. In fact, two months ago Bronko finished second in a United States Police Canine Association competition. Amazing!
Officer Jose Bosque and Bronko
* This story hits a little close to home. Our dog suffered a stroke a few weeks ago and lost the use of her hind legs. We, too, used the towel trick to assist her with her daily needs, and today she’s nearly back to full steam. Well, as full steam as a 17-year-old toy poodle can get. She sleeps till noon (in our bed covered up to her chin with her head on her own pillow), eats, takes a nap, and then lies on the couch with us at night until bed time. Of course, at 8pm she has to have her snack of three cheese-flavored Goldfish.
First photo of Officer Bosque and Bronko – ledger.com
Second photo – Ruffhaus kennels