K9 Bodhan:Recovering in Retirement

By Kristen Tripodi

Published 07/15 2014 07:33PM

Updated 07/15 2014 07:48PM

CAVENDISH, Vt. - One of Vermont’s finest is home recovering after undergoing cancer treatment. We are talking about K9 Bodhan who's now retired from the Vermont State Police.

Just by looking at him you wouldn't know Bodhan is fighting cancer.

“He was acting perfectly normal; the same amount of energy and it was difficult to tell he was sick,” said Trooper Kevin Hughes with Vermont State Police.

Hughes says back in May he found a small growth inside Bodhan's mouth.

“They actually removed the tumor that was in his mouth and sent it for a biopsy; it came back as cancerous for Osteosarcoma; which is a bone cancer,” said Hughes.

That diagnosis forced Bodhan into early retirement and drastically changed his daily routine. For more than seven years Bodhan was Hughes' partner patrolling southern Vermont as a K-9 with the Vermont State Police.

“This morning when I was pulling out I could hear him in the house barking. I think he was letting me know I forgot him,” said Hughes.

Hughes' says Bodhan is certified in patrol work such as apprehension and tracking; as well as narcotics detection.

“Working where we work on Interstate 91 in southern Vermont he was kind of on the front lines of the heroin epidemic. And just this calendar year since January, I estimated he was probably involved in the seizure of 1600 bags of heroin,” said Hughes.

Now Bodhan is trying to enjoy retirement while fighting the cancer that took over his nose. He completed three rounds of radiation last week at a specialist in Yonkers, New York.

“They do a special type of radiation for inoperable tumors,” said Hughes.

While the treatment went well Hughes says they won't know if it worked for a few more months. But just by looking at him you can tell Bodhan is having fun 'figuring out retirement' at home with Hughes- which is where he will spend the rest of life.

And in just a few short weeks Hughes is scheduled to get a new partner so Bodhan may have more work to do.

“I think there will definitely be a sibling rivalry there but he's good with other dogs and hopefully he'll be able to teach the new dog a few things,” said Hughes.

Bodhan’s treatment cost runs between seven and nine thousand dollars. But his entire treatment was paid for by Lacey's Fund; an organization that provides funding for retired police dogs.

For more information about Lacey’s Fund- click here.

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