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Keo, the wellbeing dog in the police service

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Keo works as an OK9 dog through the police wellbeing charity, Oscar Kilo. 

Keo was smuggled to the UK during the lockdown in 2020 - a time when the price of puppies was soaring, and a black market in puppies flourishing. He was rescued by the police, and was eventually adopted by IT specialist Scott Parker, who works for the Gloucester Constabulary.

Scott has had his own mental health journey, and he and Keo (who still dislikes lorries) have developed a remarkable bond, which has benefited them both.  Scott is fully trained as a mental health support worker within the police force and Keo trots by his side as a well-being support dog. We hear the various scenarios they attend typically in this interview.

Keo's individual story is one of triumph over adversity, helped by and helping his owner, Scott, and sharing the health benefit more widely within the police force.  

We hope to capture the big picture too, and profile the work of the OK9 charity over the coming months. 

You can find more information on Keo, photos etc on the episode webpage shineradio.uk/dogswithjobs.

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If you work your dog or dogs and would be interested in coming on the show, please get in touch with Kate at team@shineradio.uk.

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