The sweet story of the Royal Family’s rescue dog Roxy

Meet Roxy – the royal family’s beloved rescue dog.

From the pound to the palace, it looks like PD Roxy has finally found her feet.

Abandoned by its owners at a Somerset shelter in 2017, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier now has an impressive track record of royal accomplishments – including protecting the Queen’s clan from bomb threats.

The five-year-old hound’s potential to be a service dog was first recognized by staff at the RSPCA’s West Hatch Animal Shelter when their natural relationship with others and energetic spirit were hard to miss.

“Roxy was the right age, was good with people and other dogs, and was very confident,” said supervisor Sue Dicks.

The extroverted dog also demonstrated strong ball skills, which would be a great asset in police dog training. “She was also very ball focused – and was incredibly determined,” added Sue.

Introduction …… PD Roxy 🐶Roxy was rescued by the @RSPCA_official after it was abandoned. She is now working with PC Camilla Carter in the @ HantsTVPolDogs section. As far as we know, PD Roxy is the only Explosive Search Staffie in the country. She is a star 💫 pic.twitter.com/TOIkzxW0VGAugust 25, 2020

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Roxy was enrolled in a ten-week boot camp with the Avon & Somerset Police Department, where she received intensive training in detecting explosives. The aspiring sniffer dog learned to watch out for which scents, to correctly identify his finds and to communicate these discoveries to his dog handlers.

After successfully completing this training, Roxy was transferred to the Hampshire and Thames Valley specialized search unit, where she spent two years under the supervision of PC Camilla Carter. The internship gave her the opportunity to practice the skills she had acquired at Avon & Somerset and prepare for one of the greatest professional challenges of all – official royal events.

The busy staffie has worked for the Royal Family several times since training in Hampshire and Thames Valley – and it looks like their excellent work ethic deserves the Queen’s seal of approval.

Roxy recorded a litany of royal commitments on her dog’s résumé last year and worked with police officers to ensure the venues were cleared of explosives before the event began. Her most famous events to date have been the funeral of Prince Philip and the wedding of Princess Beatrice, both of which took place at Windsor Castle.

WINDSOR, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Peter Phillips, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Earl of Snowdon David Armstrong-Jones and Vice Admiral Sir Timothy Laurence watch the coffin of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, is carried to St. George's Chapel during the funeral of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh on April 17, 2021 in Windsor, England .  Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark was born in Greece on June 10, 1921.  He served in the British Royal Navy and fought in World War II.  He married then Princess Elizabeth on November 20, 1947 and was made Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth and Baron Greenwich by King VI.  He served as Prince Consort of Queen Elizabeth II until his death on April 9, 2021, months before his 100th birthday. His funeral will take place today at Windsor Castle with only 30 invited guests due to the restrictions of the coronavirus pandemic.  (Photo by Pool / Samir Hussein / WireImage)

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As the only Staffordshire Bull Terrier in her canine unit, Roxy is a true character in the Hampshire and Thames Valley Police Department. She spends most of her time with PC Carter, searching places before major events and checking suspicious packages for explosives. The job is undoubtedly a serious job, but Roxy always tries to find the easier side of it.

“Roxy is a superstar,” said PC Carter. “She is intelligent, very systematic and thorough. It’s all a big, fun game for her and she just loves to work. ”

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