But the close relationship the dog and his handler will enjoy begins with a getting-to-know-you period of sorts, said Police Officer John Larson, Thunder's handler.
first got the dog, Larson
bonded with the dog, brushing him, walking him, giving the dog "probably his
first bath that he's
had in some time," Larson
, an avid hunter, named Thunder after a brand of hunting supplies and picked the name before the dog joined the unit.
"My daughter thought it was a great name, drew a picture with the dog and the name, so that was it," Larson