Andor was born and raised in Germany by Manuela Arns and her children. When he was around three years old, Manuela became ill and was no longer able to provide the life she wanted for him. A few months later Andor found himself in a large police import kennel in the USA. In May 2005, I was looking for a dog to replace K-9 Roy who had received an injury to his leg. After testing many dogs I came across Andor. Of all the dogs tested over the next two days, Andor was the only one who passed. I remember his feet were bloody from not being accustomed to concrete floors. That first night at the hotel, he managed to pop the latch on the kennel and climbed in the bed next to me. I woke up with him sleeping on my arm. He loved people and was ready to find his new family.
Andor took to police work like a duck to water. Everything I taught him came easy and he ranks as one of the top ten police dogs I ever trained. In no time he was on the streets catching bad guys. His first track he located a guy who assaulted another patron in a bar, fought the police when they went to arrest him and took off into the woods. Andor quickly located the perp and convinced him jail was probably a better place to be than out in the woods with a police dog.
I policed with Andor for over three years. He was very successful and made a good name for himself with other police officers and criminals alike. He was a very sociable and approachable dog, but could turn police dog at the drop of the hat. Together we caught criminals wanted for car jackings, home invasions, armed robbery, aggravated assault and many other crimes. He loved to track and finding article was something he seemed to live for. He was the first explosives detection canine that I trained for Lawrenceville.
Andor came home every night and climbed in my daughter’s bed to sleep. Kids from all around the area looked forward to Andor’s visit to the schools and civic events. One of the more memorable events was visiting a naval unit who was being shipped off to Afghanistan.
In August 2008, I left the police department and returned to fire department to conduct fire investigations. I trained a new handler and Andor was able to work the streets an additional two years before retiring.