Labrador Yoga – Scotland Yard’s best nose
In the 1960s, Sherlock Holmes himself would envy the fame of the Labrador Yoga from Scotland Yard. The dog could smell drugs even under water. Sergeant Douglas Shearn, who worked with Yoga, had every reason to be proud of his partner. In 1971, an agent reported that a ship loaded with opium was arriving in London. The ship moored, the customs officers went down into the hold and froze. Douglas Shirn, for the time being holding Yoga on a leash, looked down at the mountain of bags:
“Well, and how long will you have to examine all this?”
“About ten hours,” the customs official answered distressedly.
– And Yogi – ten minutes!
Soon the dog was already pawing on the canvas and barking. In the bag was a briquette with opium.
Yoga began to demonstrate his phenomenal abilities at the age of one year and two months, right after he got to Scotland Yard. True, in his youth, he did not know how to restrain the violent temperament inherent in Labradors, and instead of gently sniffing at all corners and crevices, he arranged for a rout. When the young dog was first taken to business in the darkened bar of London’s Soho, Yogi immediately jumped onto the table, turned the counter and began to turn the chairs over. Visitors huddled against the walls and covered their heads from bottle fragments. Having plowed himself freely, Yogi drove along the bar and crashed with a wet nose directly into an electrical outlet. An electric shock threw him back. The owner hastened to bring the dog out into the street. Having swallowed fresh air and recovering a little, the shaggy policeman returned to the workplace with a completely different dog. He concentratedly sniffed everything around, carefully circumventing the furniture lying around, stopped in front of the cupboard and barked expressively, and it was true – there, among the bottles, bags of grass were hidden.
On a warm July day in 1972, in the assembly hall of Scotland Yard, in the presence of a host who stood close at hand, Yogi accepted congratulations on the occasion of being awarded the title of Dog of the Year. By that time, the famous sniffer was seven years old. After listening to the solemn speech in his honor, Yogi stepped forward and carefully took the prize prize “Black Knight’s Cup” with his teeth. The police colleagues, who awarded the Labrador with friendly applause, could not even imagine that the hero of the day is practically blind. This secret knew only the closest friend, partner Douglas Shearn. For the first time, Douglas suspected something was wrong during a night outing, following the trail, Yogi jumped to the pier, and, rushing to the edge, collapsed into the water. Sheern realized: the dog’s eyes began to drop. And once, when the sergeant, sitting behind the wheel, invited his partner to jump into the seat, the dog began to wander around lost and poke his nose into the side of the car.
The sergeant is crying …
Shearn knew that Labradors sometimes developed retinal disease, which leads to loss of vision. But he could not believe until the last that such a disaster had happened to Yoga. The visit to the veterinarian has broken last hopes. Upon hearing the diagnosis, the policeman cried right in the doctor’s office … After the death of the Labrador, the sergeant tried to work with other dogs, but no one could replace Yoga. And Douglas resigned. *** There is a photograph on the fireplace in the house of Shirn: a sergeant in an embrace with his beloved dog, in whose teeth is the “Bowl of the Black Knight”. At the bottom of the picture, Sheern wrote handwritten: “Yogis, 1965-1972, There will be no one like you.”