Dogs and people can have special connections. For one Bryan Police officer who once worked the streets with a K-9 crime fighter, there was certainly a bond, one only strengthened by a reunion both probably thought would never happen.
For William Cross, 1995 marked his first year as a K-9 handler with Bryan P-D. His dog was a three-month-old named Nosey, now this 13-year-old with tales to tell.
"As dogs go, they use the term 'hot' for drug dogs, and she was extremely hot," Cross said. "Nothing that I did, it was just inherent to her."
Nosey sniffed out heroin, meth, marijuana and cocaine for Cross, but the handler decided to go back to his previous construction work. Nosey went down a different road.
"Most dogs might go through one handler, might get the second handler, and then it's just too much," Cross said. "She's been through about 10."
Six of those handlers were at Bryan PD. Then, the dog was transferred to Robertson County, had a few handlers there, and what happened next, only Nosey knows.
Whatever streets and fields she roamed, they eventually led to the Brazos Animal Shelter, and a microchip planted years ago led the shelter to Cross.
"When they found out who it was, I went straight up there, just crying like a baby," Cross said. "That was my Nosey. I had her as a puppy, and a young dog, and now she's in her old age.
"We call her Miss Nosey now. You can see the pink collar. She's retired. This is her job. She's in retirement. I want to go to Florida when I retire. Her Florida is my living room floor."
Without a doubt, there are a lot of happy cops in Bryan with Nosey back in town, and in the hands of her first and hopefully last handler.
Cross, who is back with Bryan PD as a patrol officer, says this should serve as an example of why dog owners should have microchips for their pets.
With her age and some health issues, Nosey isn't asked to follow many orders, but she still remembers her drug dog commands.
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