Dogs
Police officer hears stray he rescues was going to be put down and rushes to adopt him
Trooper Jeff Freeman wasn't expecting to add a new member to the family...but it was a no-brainer.
Eduardo Gaskell
10.08.21

As harsh and as difficult life is, this world of ours often does delight us with wonderful surprises, if we have the eyes to see it.

Las Vegas Commercial Enforcement Trooper Jeff Freeman certainly wasn’t counting on encountering a really good boy that day. Jeff was out helping at a joint commercial enforcement checkpoint when a German Shepherd “strolled in”.

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That’s how the Nevada Highway Patrol narrated it.

Now for some reason, the dog took a liking to Freeman. The canine was “skittish” around the other troopers and yet didn’t hesitate with Jeff. They contacted animal control who arrived and took the dog away after a short time.

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Freeman went on with his duties, never thinking he’d see the dog again. Until he got a phone call two weeks after.

Unfortunately, the dog was scheduled for euthanasia in Reno. A rescue organization came to rescue the dog before calling Jeff. It was a lucky break for this handsome boy.

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Jeff knew what he had to do after receiving the call. Freeman stepped up for the GSD.

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Officer Freeman got up the next day, started his car’s engine, and drove to Reno to adopt the dog. Jeff named him “Chief”. Freeman drove the GSD home and cared for him, introducing Chief to the family and his new home.

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The Nevada Highway Patrol posted the story on Facebook back in 2019. To date, the post has over 6,500 likes and hearts.

“Rescues pick US! Chief picked YOU, Trooper Freeman. Big honor and he will serve you well. Bless your big heart. Smart dogs can pick out great people!”

One person commented.

“A beautiful, loving story. Chief knew that he belonged with the trooper. He just knew. Much, much respect to the rescue group who substantially made this adoption possible. May their karma be returned 10 fold,”

Another wrote.

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Chief made the right decision walking into the troopers that day.

His life could have turned out very differently. And for reasons we can’t explain, his doggy heart called out to Jeff. Whether that’s just by chance, or there’s some mystical force that had these two meet, is anyone’s guess.

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Call it fate.

Chief found himself a second chance at life. And for Freeman, a new opportunity to learn. Jeff may not have realized it at first, but owning a dog changes a man for the better.

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There’s a saying that goes, “Adopt, don’t shop”. But where lots of people need to do tons of research before adopting, Jeff just responded to the call of a dog in need of a new life.

Lots of animals are captured and sadly, euthanized, when no one comes to claim them. Adopting rescues these poor creatures and often teaches owners a thing or two about having a pet.

Plus you save more money.

Jeff had no plans, no intentions, but Chief touched his heart that fateful day at the checkpoint. Freeman knew he had to come through for his new friend. We’re glad he did.

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By Eduardo Gaskell
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Eduardo Gaskell is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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