Calls like this one are a staple of the job, says Born. Xeiko’s reward for a job well done is pretty simple, and far less than the cost of a good steak. In fact, food doesn’t factor into at all, but rather a toy called a “tug.”
“We carry it with us all the time,” says Born. “It’s essentially a chew toy. When we’re finished, that’s his reward, and he’s happy to get that. He gets to chew on it till we get back to the car.”
Xeiko and Born are together 24/7. They work together. They live together.
At home, Xeiko is very much a family pet, adored by Born’s two young sons, who are eight and 10. The dog has been on visits to the boys’ elementary school, and to meet-
“The unit gets lots of requests throughout the year,” says Born. “It’s fun. It’s nice to get into the community and give back. And he’s a pretty sociable dog.
“He knows the difference between work and play.”
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