Brewster, an English Springer Spaniel, has served alongside British police for nearly 11 years. Trained to detect drugs, weapons, and cash, Brewster worked for the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Dog Unit with his handler PC Dave Pert.
"His super nose has undoubtedly contributed to the arrest and prosecution of a large number of people,” Mark Farran, head of the dog unit, told the Daily Mirror. “His acute sense of smell has led to the seizure of drugs and cash during warrants and operations, saving a lot of time and resources in the process.
His biggest career find was a stash of £25,000 in a wardrobe, and he sniffed out a kilo of amphetamine hidden in a garden, Pert says (scroll down for video).
Brewster’s retirement comes just two weeks after the death of David Bowie, for whom Brewster was almost renamed because he has two different-colored eyes, like the late musician. Pert later decided against renaming him “Ziggy” (after Bowie’s alter ego, Ziggy Stardust) because he believed it would be too confusing for Brewster. He was named Brewster by an elderly couple who originally owned him but donated him to the police because of his high energy.
The second longest-serving dog was Roy, a German Shepherd, who retired several months ago after 10 years of service, the Daily Mirror reported.
While in retirement, 13-year-old Brewster is going to get a “well-earned rest,” Pert says.