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It’s early on a Monday morning, and Winston-Salem Police Cpl. Michael Perkins is on patrol with K9 Officer Bady, a German Shepherd/Belgian Malinois mix. Perkins has been Bady’s handler since late last year when Dexter, his first K9, retired.

Perkins opens the back door of his specially equipped patrol car, and Bady joyfully trots out. Perkins gives the command “platz” in German, which he uses to direct Bady to return to a heel position. The dog stops at Perkins’ side, looking up and awaiting his next command, which could just as easily be given in German, Dutch, or English, as Bady understands all three.

“There’s still a lot of puppiness in him, but he’ll be a high-level dog one day,” he says.