Puppy ‘Davey’ Named for Late Deception Bay Officer Nears Completion of Guide Dog Training

Photo credit: Queensland Police

Did you know that Davey, a puppy named in honour of late Senior Constable Dave Masters of the Queensland Police, is nearing the end of his formal training at Guide Dogs Queensland?

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Now 19 months old, Davey recently had the chance to visit with Dave Master’s family and colleagues at the Deception Bay Police Station. Everyone was happy to see how much Davey has grown and developed since first meeting him as a puppy.

Davey the pup with Dave’s son Jack ((Photo credit: Guide Dogs Australia/Facebook)

Sharon Masters, Dave’s wife, remarked how special it was to watch Davey transform from a sensitive, loving puppy into a smart and mature dog that has reached this important milestone whilst still retaining his sweet nature.

Constable Jo Arthur, Senior Constable Dave’s colleague, said Dave would have been extremely proud and honoured to have such a special dog named after him. She added that for the officers at Deception Bay, seeing Davey the future guide dog again was particularly meaningful.

Dave’s son Jack, and his wife Sharon with officers of Deception Bay Police Station (Photo credit: Guide Dogs Australia/Facebook)

Senior Constable David Masters was fatally injured whilst attempting to stop a speeding stolen vehicle on the Bruce Highway at Burpengary. At 3:00 a.m. on Saturday the 26th of June 2021, Constable Masters deployed road spikes across the highway to try to halt the driver. However, the driver swerved and struck Constable Masters, tragically killing him.

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Dave’s family and colleagues were grateful to be able to follow Davey’s training journey and wished him the best of luck on his final evaluation. They thanked Guide Dogs Australia for allowing them to be a part of Davey’s story and giving them this opportunity to remember Dave.

Once Davey completes his training and becomes a certified guide dog in 2024, he will be out working in and around the community that his namesake Senior Constable Dave Masters did during his policing career. 

Published 18-January-2024