Henry joked that she’s given too many snacks to Rydr since his retirement, though both she and Brown assured Lutton that Rydr didn’t need to go on a diet.
“They’re basically brother and sister. She’s a small shorgi,” Brown said when asked how the two dogs at his house get along. “They play, carry on, normal behavior for dogs. He’s kind of taken care of her, and she’s kind of taken care of him. We were kind of apprehensive at first, but once they got to know each other, things turned out really well.”
Brown said Rydr is slowly adapting to his retired life, though he “still has the desire to go out and work.” For the first six weeks of his retirement, though, the large shepherd would often rush out to Brown’s patrol car and wait so he could accompany Brown to work.
“I’d have to take him back in, play with him a little bit, get him comfortable and then sneak out of the house, basically,” Brown said.
Lutton already has two photos of Brown and Rydr proudly displayed in his office, as well as a plaque from the Indiana State Police Alliance recognizing his work with the dog next to them. He wasn’t sure where Thursday’s honor would end up being displayed yet. Both he and his staff love Rydr, Lutton said. One time, one of them even volunteered to don the protective sleeve and be attacked by Rydr so the staff could see the dog in work mode.
“Everybody wants to touch him,” Lutton said. “Everybody wants to love on him.”