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Buster the police dog, a chocolate lab, poses in front of the patrol vehicle he shared with K9 Officer Corey Lee behind the Law Enforcement Center in Dickinson on Thursday afternoon. Buster, who has been in semi-retirement for a few weeks, will go into full retirement when Gambit, a Belgian Malinois, is fully certified next week. Buster may still assist the force when needed, but will become a pet full-time.

Dickinson police dog Buster ready to retire

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After a few weeks of semi-retirement, police dog Buster, a chocolate lab, will officially retire to the life of a pet.

Buster, who is 8 years old, loves coming to work but has hip problems, said K-9 Officer Corey Lee, his handler. Halfway through a 12-hour shift, Buster will get stiff and his regular enthusiasm for his job drops off.

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Katherine Grandstrand
I graduated from Bemidji State University in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in mass communcations, from Columbia College Chicago in 2009 with a master's degree in journalism.  
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