Cop Dog Now Patrols The Streets He Once Roamed

By Reyna Abraham

Azul had a difficult life. Injured and living on the streets of Bogota, Columbia, the poor guy was struggling to survive. His story, like those of so many other street pups, could have ended in tragedy, but he was lucky. Azul was found and rescued by Military Reservist Nicolas Alejandro Walteros.

While Azul was definitely saved from a terrible fate, Walteros took the rescue a step further. He not only adopted Azul, he dressed him up in uniform. Now Azul patrols the streets he once roamed, no longer a stray, but an honorary member of the police.

"I told him I would give him everything he needed," he said in an interview. "And he adopted me as his dad." Despite the fact the pair have no blood relation, Azul and Walteros have a lot in common. For example, they both enjoy riding a motorcycle.

Azul also has made friends with other members of the police force, including those of the equine variety. His horsemanship is pretty much as good as it gets for a schnauzer.

Of course, every activity is more enjoyable when you can do it with your best friend.

Azul's dedication to his position on the force not only strengthens community ties, but also showcases how incredibly life changing it is to adopt street dogs. Even though he is totally happy with his new family and job, Azul maintains a few ties to his old life on the streets.