Aboin finally became a police dog

20 May

From the 毎日新聞 (Mainichi (Japanese) Newspaper)





Can you understand that article?

It says:

“Aboin” passed the police dog exam after three attempts

An aging dog named Aboin finally passed the exam to become a police dog with the Saitama (Japan) Police Force after having failed the annual exam twice before.

His 30 year old trainer, Katsumi Sato, said “I’m relieved he finally passed. I want him to become a successful police dog.”

Aboin is a seven year old male German Sheppard, which would equal about 40-50 years old in human age.

At one point in the exam, Aboin didn’t respond promptly to the “Lie down” command.

Ms. Sato said “He has a bad habit of getting over-excited and distracted.”

Regardless, Aboin still managed to passed the test (which has a 70% success rate)

Ms. Sato was notified that Aboin is to report to duty on June 1 for a one-year contract in which he will be responsible for helping to guard VIPs and catch criminals.

(The photo was taken at 10:30AM yesterday at the police dog training camp in Saitama. Ms. Sato said “Good luck, Abo”)

7 Responses to “Aboin finally became a police dog”

  1. cuteandcurls May 23, 2010 at 2:36 pm #

    Awww well done Aboin 🙂


  2. metalodyssey May 23, 2010 at 10:45 am #

    I hope this cool dog catches a bunch of bad guys. He looks like a very proud dog too… he knows he has done well.



    • tokyo5 May 23, 2010 at 12:10 pm #

      I think so too.

      I like stories like this. A person (or animal) who struggles to succeed but never gives up rather than one to whom success comes easily.


  3. Troo May 20, 2010 at 11:20 pm #

    Ahh, he’s a handsome chap! Here’s hoping he enjoys the job 🙂


    • tokyo5 May 21, 2010 at 1:33 am #

      I think so too.
      And I bet he’ll become an excellent police dog!


  4. vaneea May 20, 2010 at 7:31 pm #

    Aaah!! Ganbate Aboin!


    • tokyo5 May 21, 2010 at 1:32 am #

      That’s what Ms. Sato told him, “Ganbatte-ne, Abo!


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