Move over Lassie, there's a new top dog in town and his name is Hix.
The police dog works with cops in Manitoba, Canada, helping them track down crooks and missing people. Earlier this year, Royal Canadian Mounted Police Constable Taylor Burns shared a photo of him and his four-legged partner for "Take Your Dog to Work Day."
Normally cops get a pat on the back from their partners after a job well done, but Hix is getting lots of belly rubs this week, after his sharp nose helped rescue a pair of lost animals.
Hix and his partner were doing training exercises on a remote dirt road, when something distracted Hix from his drills. The pooch's partner trusted him enough to follow his lead, and quickly discovered what had distracted Hix so badly.
A pair of lost little kittens were wandering around in the snow near the training area. Thankfully, Hix led his partner right to them, and it turned out his impromptu rescue came just in the nick of time.
The Manitoba RCMP's twitter account says the lost little kittens were "near frozen" when police found them, but doesn't offer any clues about where they came from.
At least Hix can know that he did a job well done, because police gave the cats a warm bed, food and water, and a checkup with a vet. And Hix made lots of new fans from around the world when the police shared his story on their Twitter account.
"Thank you for your service Hix," one person wrote.
"I am just curious if PO Hix will be able to keep his new friends," joked another.
Of course, not every dog is cut out for police work quite like Hix. Earlier this year the CIA revealed that they had to cut Lulu, a trainee bomb-sniffing dog, because she just seemed to have no interest in her job.
"All dogs, just like most human students, have good days and bad days when learning something new," they wrote, but Lulu showed almost no interest in her work. Instead, she was allowed to retire to a quiet life of chasing squirrels.
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