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Montana Officer Needed Hebrew Interpreter For K-9 Partner

December 09, 2009  | 

Miky, pronounced Mikey, is in a Diaspora of his own. He was born in an animal shelter in Holland and shipped as a puppy to Israel, where he was trained by the Israeli Defense Forces to sniff out explosives.

Then one day, Miky got a plane ticket to America. Rather than spend the standard $20,000 on a bomb dog, the Helena Police Department had shopped around and discovered that it could import a surplus bomb dog from the Israeli forces for the price of the flight. So Miky came to his new home in Helena, to join the police force.

The problem, the officer explained, was that Miky had been trained entirely in Hebrew.

When Officer Fosket got Miky, he was handed a list of a dozen Hebrew commands and expressions, like "Hi' sha' er" (stay!), Ch'pess (search!), and "Kelev tov" (good doggy). He made flashcards and tried practicing with Miky. But poor Miky didn't respond.

Officer Fosket (who is not Jewish) suspected he wasn't pronouncing the words properly. He tried a Hebrew instructional audio-book from the local library, but no luck. The dog didn't always understand what he was being ordered to do. Or maybe Miky was just using his owner's bad pronunciation as an excuse to ignore him. Either way, the policeman needed a rabbi.

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pimd20 @ 4/19/2010 6:07 PM

I would think that you would spend time in Israel and learn what you need then come back too the states. My K-9 is EOD but her turn on word is American Indian but her commands are in German

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