There was something about the boxy face, the black and silver fur.
He’s the one, Jerry Molet knew, right away. He’s my partner.
“He really stood out,” said Molet, a Massachusetts State Police sergeant.
And so it was, cop and dog. Sniffing out drugs. Finding missing children. For seven years, Ronny the Czechoslovakian shepherd and Molet were partners.
Ronny retired two years ago, going to live with his work partner. On Wednesday, the proud dog died from a disease that limited his mobility, leaving him confined to a cart with wheels to get around.
“Ronny was a great dog,” Molet said. “I could always count on him.”
Molet had plucked Ronny from 25 eligible K-9 dogs in 2004.
The two worked mostly in central and western Massachusetts.
Just before his retirement, Ronny sniffed out five kilos of heroin, worth about $60,000, hidden in a car in Sturbridge. In 2009, he helped subdue a man threatening to shoot himself on Interstate 495 in Marlborough. In another episode, Ronny helped recover from the woods a 14-year-old boy who had severe asthma.
One time, Ronny discovered a fugitive hidden inside a boxspring mattress.
Ronny, said Molet, “was fearless and dedicated. He had the desire to work.”
The dog assisted Molet on several hundred calls a year. But it wasn’t all work for the cop and the dog.
There was play, too. After a successful call, Ronny got a rubber ball, catch being one of his favorite pastimes.
In retirement, Ronny waited patiently while Molet went on calls, hoping to take a seat beside him in the cruiser. Molet took the dog on walks and hid things so Ronny could sniff them out.
Molet would like to create a pet cemetery for K-9 dogs, so they can receive the honor they deserve.