Nottinghamshire man, Gordon Galley, received a birthday treat yesterday (3, February, 2020), as a group of four legged friends came to celebrate his 90th birthday pawty.
Gordon spent 30 years with The Durham Police Force, where he spent the majority of his career training police dogs.
He continues to have a strong interest in their work since moving to Nottingham to be closer to his family and friends. Gordon was married for more than 50 years and has two children, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren. (change a bit more)
After hearing about Gordon’s 90th Birthday celebration, police dogs, Ned, Ross, Jack and Bart were barking with excitement to surprise him. They paid him a visit at his care home in Arnold where he lives. Gordon was elated to meet some pawfect members of Nottingham’s dog section.
“Gordon’s face when we brought the dogs in said it all!”
PC Tony Chambers
“It was absolutely fantastic seeing the police dogs, what a wonderful birthday surprise.
“The police dogs were a huge part of my life and career and so to get a chance to see those currently doing great work, and also the future police dogs, means a lot.”
Staff at the care home love hearing all of Gordon’s stories, they say he often tells them about the memories he has from working within the dog section, particularly with his very own police dog, guy.
“I had my own dog called Guy for seven years who worked and lived alongside me as a fellow officer.
“I had Guy from a pup and I loved him like a son. I was very lucky to be paid and to work and live with this very talented and also loving family-oriented dog.
“I have far too many memories of me and Guy chasing bad guys but I can assure you we always got our man”.
PC Tony Chambers, who visited Gordon with the dogs, said: “Gordon’s face when we brought the dogs in said it all.
“It was great to see him so happy and we were delighted to be able to make this visit happen.
“Speaking to Gordon, he has so many fond memories of his time with the dog section and it was great to be able to introduce him to both our more experienced dogs, such as Ross, and newer recruits like Bart. Sergeant Gavin Berry, from Nottinghamshire Police’s Dog Section, added:
“Having heard about Mr Galley’s dedication to the police dogs and the work he did in Durham, we absolutely wanted to help out with this surprise.
“Being part of dog section is something special, you work and live with the dogs so you do build up such a partnership, and it’s clear that Gordon in particular was very fond of working with the dogs and has some amazing stories to tell.
“From all of us here in the dog section, we’d like to wish Gordon a very happy 90th birthday.”