Oakland County, Mich. — An Oakland County Sheriff’s Deputy lost his partner unexpectedly, but the K-9 trainer is welcoming a new dog onto his staff and into his family.
Kaiser, an 8-year-old German Shepherd, died of an internal hemorrhage in May. His handler, Robert Loken, found him in his kennel the morning of his death, and there was a void in the household following the loss, the family told the Detroit Free Press.
“When there isn’t a dog in the house, it’s not our house,” Deputy Loken’s wife, Meagan Loken, said.
Loken, a master trainer for the sheriff’s K-9 unit, has begun working with Aiko, an 18-month-old Dutch Shepherd, and his new partner brings him “a lot of nervousness and a lot of excitement.”
Teammates, other trainers, and Aiko will work together to hopefully build a successful K-9 unit, Loken told the Detroit Free Press.
“It’s not easy,” Loken said.
K-9 and trainer rarely leave each other’s side, but an immeasurable bond results from the hard work, and Loken and his family say they can begin to move past Kaiser’s death.
“The pain is a little bit healed,” Meagan Loken said.