Texas Army dog enjoying retirement


FORT HOOD, Texas - FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - During his time on active duty, Tigris patrolled for explosives in Afghanistan with special forces soldiers and assisted the Secret Service in Dallas. Now, the 5-year-old retired German shepherd spends his days playing Frisbee with his former handler and new owner, Sgt. Hailey Shappard. "I want to give him a good life because he's been working for the Army for five years," said Shappard, a military working dog handler with the 226th Military Police Detachment, 89th Military Police Brigade. "I still do the basic stuff with him at home so he doesn't lose discipline. ... Most of the time we just play," she told the Killeen Daily Herald. Shappard joined Fort Hood's kennels two years ago, and Tigris was the third dog she worked with. The two spent a year working together as a certified explosives detection team. "It was an instant bond," the sergeant said. "It just felt right. The other dogs I liked ... but when I got to Tigris and started working with him, I knew. We had this connection."