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The dogs, who finished an intense 11-week course, will now protect and serve in Connecticut

By Amy Jamieson
July 12, 2016 07:16 PM
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Credit: Connecticut State Police

They did it!

Eight canines, all Labradors from Guiding Eyes for the Blind in New York, finished a rigorous 11-week training course to become narcotics detection dogs in Connecticut last week, making them them the 181st Narcotic Detection Dog Class. (Someone needs to emblazon that on a car window.)

Shamus, Hogan, Iowa, Yodel, Josefina, Putnam, Conner, and last but not least, David, all stood tall on the steps of the Canine Training Center in Middletown, Connecticut, on Friday, in a celebratory photo marking their achievement.

According to a Facebook post by the Connecticut State Police, the pups are now trained to detect narcotics, including heroin and Fentanyl, after completing the program.

Watch the (aww-dorable) video here which shows the dogs heading into their graduation ceremony with handlers.

“Don’t know about you, but we needed a little pick-me-up,” the Connecticut State Police wrote along with the Facebook video on Friday, after five police officers were killed in Dallas, Texas, on Thursday.

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All of the proud pups will serve Connecticut’s Colchester, Hartford, Enfield and Stafford police departments.