It’s that time of the year when another loyal servant of the Indian cricket will bid goodbye to us. Like every other time, this time too Mahendra Singh Dhoni will wear the Indian colours for the upcoming ODI match against Sri Lanka. And he will not be the only Dhoni who will be seen performing that day. A sniffer dog who is named Dhoni will also be seen taking the ground that day. But it would be his last day at service, unlike the ace captain of the Indian cricket team who still has a long way to go.
Dhoni, who is a white Labrador, has worked with the Indian Police of the Mohali district for as many as ten years and has proved to be a true and devoted servant to the Indian police. And now he is all set to retire after the second ODI match between India and Sri Lanka. Along with him, other dogs John and Preeti will also retire in a farewell ceremony organized by the Mohali district Police.
Once these dogs retire, they will be handed over to their new owners who will go through an auction process before the final adoption. People who are willing to adopt these warriors will have to come up and bid to own them. The base price of all the dogs is Rs. 800 each.
Dhoni has extraordinally helped in keeping tight security at various stadiums specially the Punjab Cricket Assosciation Stadium. He has helped with the security at various international cricket matches that are hosted in the country. He was also a part of the security team when India played against Pakistan in the 2011 World Cup semi-finals.
In a latest interview with an esteemed daily, Amrik Singh, the in-charge of the dog squad revealed, “Dhoni used to assist us in checking at PCA stadium during the international matches. During the world cup semifinal in 2011 between India and Pakistan, when the Prime Ministers of both the countries came to the city, Dhoni was working with us.”
He further added, “He likes to sleep six to seven hours a day. He sleeps in the daytime. He is a specialist in sniffing explosives. He is the quickest of the dogs we have when it comes to do any search operations. We are going to miss him. He has been a great asset for us.”