WASHINGTON - Pup spends his first years in prison training to be a member of the police force. He also happens to be a social media star!
Moose, a Fairfax County explosive detection canine, spent his first years of life in prison.
His charges included being cute and cuddly-- he was destined to do great things.
Moose was raised by inmates through a nonprofit organization Puppies Behind Bars (PBB). The nonprofit trains prison inmates to raise service dogs for wounded war veterans and explosive detection canines for law enforcement.
Trainers spend 24 months grooming the pups into well-behaved dogs— showering them with lots of love- before they go off to protect and serve. Click here to learn more about the program.
In 2011, Moose completed PBB’s training and joined the force with Fairfax County Police.There he spent four months training with the explosive device ordinance team.
Master Police Tom Eggers has been his handler for over six years, and he also happens to be Moose's best friend.
Officer Eggers told FOX 5 DC, “Car rides in the morning are smooth; I always have someone to talk to. He doesn’t say much but some day’s that’s ok."
So how did the pup rise to social media stardom?
A morning tweet from Fairfax County Police captured Moose’s perfect “it’s too early for this” face.
The tweet was such a huge success that Moose was given his own hashtag #MondaysWithMoose
He’s been featured on Fairfax County Police’s Twitter and Facebook performing daily duties, like ensuring kids make it to school safe. Other days, he's seen supporting his favorite NFL team, Washington Redskins.