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Baker and the Bandit

story by Matthew Atkins

Baker Hollis is getting older and so is his canine partner, Bandit, but their relationship keeps them going. Four years ago, Baker took over the K9 unit for Rowan County Sheriff’s Department and began working with Bandit. He prizes his bond with Bandit: “They’re like having kids. You go to dentist appointments and doctor’s appointments. I can’t envision doing it with another one. I’ll be just happy as the day is long. When he retires out, we’ll bring him home.”

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