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Published on March 04, 2024
Tarrant County Sheriff’s K-9 Ara Retires to Life of Tennis Balls and Treats After Sniffing Out CrimeSource: Tarrant County Sheriff's Office

She's hung up her badge for a chew toy. Ara, a narcotics detection dog, has clocked out of the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO) for the last time after a stellar five-year career, according to the Tarrant County Sheriff's Office. Well-regarded for sniffing out drugs alongside her partner, Deputy Rubalcaba, Ara has carved out an impressive track record, placing high in numerous narcotics detection contests.

Ara's farewell bash was marked with a custom cake and a "last find" – her prize, a stash of tennis balls that could keep any tail wagging for days. The K-9 veteran's party, a testimony to her hard work showed the bond between a dog and her department runs deep, and even as she exits the stage, she does so with the honors and pats she’s earned.

Retirement will not see Ara idle, she’s got a new beat at home with Rubalcaba, who vowed to keep her comrades at TCSO updated on her post-duty adventures. Ara's departure from active duty has tugged at heartstrings but the assurance she'll be well taken care of provides comfort to her fellow deputies.

The send-off is a bittersweet moment, the Tarrant County Sheriff's Office shared, "She has done outstanding work over her time at TCSO" the department wrote, underlining the pooch’s key role in keeping the community safe from the scourge of drugs. As Ara transitions from her life of service to well-earned downtime, it seems she'll be trading the scent of narcotics for the smell of home-cooked meals and, of course, those tennis balls she loves so much.