NEWS | April 22, 2020

A message from Rono, our new K-9: Paw patrol coming soon to the medical center

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Hello, my future best friends at UC Davis Health!

My name is Rono, and I’m the UC Davis Police Department’s new K-9. Maybe you’ve met Charlie, the department’s black lab on the Davis campus, but I’m going to be the first full-time police dog for the Sacramento campus and I can’t wait to get started!

Rono, K-9 in training

Right now I’m training with my partner, Officer Eric Palmer, in the K-9 program at California Highway Patrol Academy. After 15 weeks of learning, I hope to begin patrolling the UC Davis Medical Center, if everything goes to plan.

Although I’m of German (Shepherd) descent, I emigrated to the United States from Czechoslovakia and I understand a little English and Dutch. I guess you could say I’m a recent immigrant. "Dank je" for welcoming me!

I just had my first birthday in March, so I’m still a young pup and learning a lot every day. During my training with Officer Eric, I’ll learn basic obedience before moving on to pursuit and apprehension skills, and also explosives detection.

But I’m not just about the “ruff” stuff. I was specifically chosen for this medical center job because of my fetching personality, so to speak. Although I can be as dogged as a Malinois in my police work, I’m also very fur-riendly!

In a way, I’m doing double-duty at the hospital. Just like my co-woofers – the facility dogs Huggie (Pediatric Infusion/Cancer Center), Paloma (Davis 7 Pediatrics) and Zeebee (Children’s Surgery Center) – I’m definitely a “people pup!”

No bones about it: I’m proud to be an ambassador for not only the police department but also for UC Davis Health. I want to make sure our community has the most paw-sitive experiences with us!

It’s almost time to play in the yard (my favorite!), so I have to sign off for now. After I graduate and get my badge in June, I’ll hopefully be starting at the medical center soon after. And when you see me around the hospital, come up with your tail wagging and say “Hi!”

I can’t wait to meet you.

Your colleague and friend,