DNR K9 'Schody' retiring after a decade on the job

Schody and Scott Staples Photo: DNR. Schody and Scott Staples

Updated: December 31, 2020 11:35 AM
Created: December 31, 2020 11:31 AM

Department of Natural Resources K9 Schody is retiring after a decade on the job.

According to a release from the DNR, Schody, a German Shepherd from eastern Europe, has been working with the department for the past 10 years and retires today. 

"Over the years, Schody delighted countless people with his friendly demeanor and foiled plans of others who've tried to break game and fish laws. He came to the rescue of people who were lost in the woods, helped the DNR's public safety partners locate critical evidence and was the constant companion of conservation officer Scott Staples," the release says.

“Schody is very fortunate to go to 10 years – he really is – but he’s starting to suffer from a disease right now and it’s time for him to retire and just be a house dog, although he hates it probably just as much as I do,” said Staples.

DNR K9s can track people, sniff out fish and game and locate firearms and spent ammunition. Three of the DNR's six K9 teams can even sniff out zebra mussels.

“It really is amazing to watch them work, and there’s no doubt Minnesota’s people and their natural resources are better for having these dogs,” said Lt. Phil Mohs, a former dog handler in the Army who coordinates the K9 Unit and is partnered with one of its new dogs.

Schody will now live with Staples and his family.

“It’s going to be sad,” Staples said. “For the last 10 years, he’s gotten into that pickup truck with me. He’s going to hate to stay at home. So I think I’m probably going to have to wean him off of that a little bit – take him with to work every once in a while just to keep him thinking he’s still the big dog around the house.” 

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