Former Blue Cross resident’s new life as airport’s detection dog

Daily Echo: Frankie, the former Blue Cross rescue dog, who has helped customs officials catch cigarette smugglers. Frankie, the former Blue Cross rescue dog, who has helped customs officials catch cigarette smugglers.

HE was once given up by his Hampshire owners.

But now a Southampton rescue dog has proved the paw-fect pet detective, after sniffing out a £17,000 haul of smuggled cigarettes.

One-year-old cocker spaniel crossbreed, Frankie, foiled the criminals as they attempted to bring 40,000 cigarettes into Ireland from the Canary Islands. The haul was seized in two separate operations at Dublin Airport, where two men were arrested. Frankie was taken to the Blue Cross rehoming centre in Hedge End in June 2012, because his previous owners found it difficult to give him the attention he needed. But staff at the centre soon realised how sociable and energetic the pup was.

They sent a film of Frankie to Wagtail UK, a company that trains and provides specialist detection dogs in Britain and abroad.

And just months later, in November last year, Frankie joined the Irish Revenue’s Customs Service, where he has been involved in a host of successful seizures. Helen Evans, a specialist trainer at Wagtail’s UK, said: “Frankie is like no other dog I have trained before. He was incredibly bright and often too bright for us handlers. “In the beginning stages it felt like Frankie was training us! He was incredibly cheeky and loved to search. “His motivation was fantastic and he loved the reward playtime.”

Frankie is the second Blue Cross rescue dog to get a job with the Irish Revenue’s Customs Service. Last year Ralph, an English springer spaniel, discovered 50kg of cannabis worth over a quarter of a million pounds during a stop-and-search of a car at Rosslare europort.

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2:28pm Tue 19 Feb 13

St Retford says...

I don't like dogs when they're given human names. Why not just go the whole hog and call him 'Steve' or 'Dave' or something?

Anyway, nice one Frankie. We all enjoy paying eight quid for a packet of fags so cheers.
I don't like dogs when they're given human names. Why not just go the whole hog and call him 'Steve' or 'Dave' or something? Anyway, nice one Frankie. We all enjoy paying eight quid for a packet of fags so cheers. St Retford

3:05pm Tue 19 Feb 13

Aisha1 says...

Well you're a bitter pr**k "St Retford".
Well you're a bitter pr**k "St Retford". Aisha1

3:34pm Tue 19 Feb 13

minnie64 says...

St Retford wrote:
I don't like dogs when they're given human names. Why not just go the whole hog and call him 'Steve' or 'Dave' or something? Anyway, nice one Frankie. We all enjoy paying eight quid for a packet of fags so cheers.
He probably doesnt like you either - we also all dont enjoy paying £8 for cigarettes cos we all dont smoke !!! You need to get a life
[quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: I don't like dogs when they're given human names. Why not just go the whole hog and call him 'Steve' or 'Dave' or something? Anyway, nice one Frankie. We all enjoy paying eight quid for a packet of fags so cheers.[/p][/quote]He probably doesnt like you either - we also all dont enjoy paying £8 for cigarettes cos we all dont smoke !!! You need to get a life minnie64

3:49pm Tue 19 Feb 13

St Retford says...

minnie64 wrote:
St Retford wrote:
I don't like dogs when they're given human names. Why not just go the whole hog and call him 'Steve' or 'Dave' or something? Anyway, nice one Frankie. We all enjoy paying eight quid for a packet of fags so cheers.
He probably doesnt like you either - we also all dont enjoy paying £8 for cigarettes cos we all dont smoke !!! You need to get a life
Why are non-smokers so pious? I'd stop smoking if I didn't think I was going to turn into one of you.
[quote][p][bold]minnie64[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: I don't like dogs when they're given human names. Why not just go the whole hog and call him 'Steve' or 'Dave' or something? Anyway, nice one Frankie. We all enjoy paying eight quid for a packet of fags so cheers.[/p][/quote]He probably doesnt like you either - we also all dont enjoy paying £8 for cigarettes cos we all dont smoke !!! You need to get a life[/p][/quote]Why are non-smokers so pious? I'd stop smoking if I didn't think I was going to turn into one of you. St Retford

3:58pm Tue 19 Feb 13

sotonwinch09 says...

St Retford wrote:
I don't like dogs when they're given human names. Why not just go the whole hog and call him 'Steve' or 'Dave' or something?

Anyway, nice one Frankie. We all enjoy paying eight quid for a packet of fags so cheers.
I have. My dog is called Jack.
[quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: I don't like dogs when they're given human names. Why not just go the whole hog and call him 'Steve' or 'Dave' or something? Anyway, nice one Frankie. We all enjoy paying eight quid for a packet of fags so cheers.[/p][/quote]I have. My dog is called Jack. sotonwinch09

3:58pm Tue 19 Feb 13

sotonwinch09 says...

And if you don't like paying £8 a pack of fag then quit.
And if you don't like paying £8 a pack of fag then quit. sotonwinch09

4:08pm Tue 19 Feb 13

St Retford says...

sotonwinch09 wrote:
And if you don't like paying £8 a pack of fag then quit.
It was sort of a joke. I won't try it again.
[quote][p][bold]sotonwinch09[/bold] wrote: And if you don't like paying £8 a pack of fag then quit.[/p][/quote]It was sort of a joke. I won't try it again. St Retford

4:24pm Tue 19 Feb 13

bernard7 says...

A lot of people on here don't have a sense of humour, dont worry i got it!
A lot of people on here don't have a sense of humour, dont worry i got it! bernard7

4:27pm Tue 19 Feb 13

Aisha1 says...

Or you could try smoking rollies instead of disgusting tailors and pay just £6 for 25g, lasts at least a week. Much cheaper.
Or you could try smoking rollies instead of disgusting tailors and pay just £6 for 25g, lasts at least a week. Much cheaper. Aisha1

4:27pm Tue 19 Feb 13

minnie64 says...

St Retford wrote:
minnie64 wrote:
St Retford wrote: I don't like dogs when they're given human names. Why not just go the whole hog and call him 'Steve' or 'Dave' or something? Anyway, nice one Frankie. We all enjoy paying eight quid for a packet of fags so cheers.
He probably doesnt like you either - we also all dont enjoy paying £8 for cigarettes cos we all dont smoke !!! You need to get a life
Why are non-smokers so pious? I'd stop smoking if I didn't think I was going to turn into one of you.
'we all' meant as in not everyone not specifically me weirdo - thats torn it cos I do smoke - thought you were being clever commenting on a poor dogs name and smoking but you have made yourself look like an absolute fool !!
[quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]minnie64[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: I don't like dogs when they're given human names. Why not just go the whole hog and call him 'Steve' or 'Dave' or something? Anyway, nice one Frankie. We all enjoy paying eight quid for a packet of fags so cheers.[/p][/quote]He probably doesnt like you either - we also all dont enjoy paying £8 for cigarettes cos we all dont smoke !!! You need to get a life[/p][/quote]Why are non-smokers so pious? I'd stop smoking if I didn't think I was going to turn into one of you.[/p][/quote]'we all' meant as in not everyone not specifically me weirdo - thats torn it cos I do smoke - thought you were being clever commenting on a poor dogs name and smoking but you have made yourself look like an absolute fool !! minnie64

4:30pm Tue 19 Feb 13

minnie64 says...

sotonwinch09 wrote:
St Retford wrote: I don't like dogs when they're given human names. Why not just go the whole hog and call him 'Steve' or 'Dave' or something? Anyway, nice one Frankie. We all enjoy paying eight quid for a packet of fags so cheers.
I have. My dog is called Jack.
And my dog is Charlie - St Retford's real name is probably really shep !!!
[quote][p][bold]sotonwinch09[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: I don't like dogs when they're given human names. Why not just go the whole hog and call him 'Steve' or 'Dave' or something? Anyway, nice one Frankie. We all enjoy paying eight quid for a packet of fags so cheers.[/p][/quote]I have. My dog is called Jack.[/p][/quote]And my dog is Charlie - St Retford's real name is probably really shep !!! minnie64

4:33pm Tue 19 Feb 13

St Retford says...

minnie64 wrote:
St Retford wrote:
minnie64 wrote:
St Retford wrote: I don't like dogs when they're given human names. Why not just go the whole hog and call him 'Steve' or 'Dave' or something? Anyway, nice one Frankie. We all enjoy paying eight quid for a packet of fags so cheers.
He probably doesnt like you either - we also all dont enjoy paying £8 for cigarettes cos we all dont smoke !!! You need to get a life
Why are non-smokers so pious? I'd stop smoking if I didn't think I was going to turn into one of you.
'we all' meant as in not everyone not specifically me weirdo - thats torn it cos I do smoke - thought you were being clever commenting on a poor dogs name and smoking but you have made yourself look like an absolute fool !!
Are you drunk?
[quote][p][bold]minnie64[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]minnie64[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: I don't like dogs when they're given human names. Why not just go the whole hog and call him 'Steve' or 'Dave' or something? Anyway, nice one Frankie. We all enjoy paying eight quid for a packet of fags so cheers.[/p][/quote]He probably doesnt like you either - we also all dont enjoy paying £8 for cigarettes cos we all dont smoke !!! You need to get a life[/p][/quote]Why are non-smokers so pious? I'd stop smoking if I didn't think I was going to turn into one of you.[/p][/quote]'we all' meant as in not everyone not specifically me weirdo - thats torn it cos I do smoke - thought you were being clever commenting on a poor dogs name and smoking but you have made yourself look like an absolute fool !![/p][/quote]Are you drunk? St Retford

4:37pm Tue 19 Feb 13

minnie64 says...

St Retford wrote:
minnie64 wrote:
St Retford wrote:
minnie64 wrote:
St Retford wrote: I don't like dogs when they're given human names. Why not just go the whole hog and call him 'Steve' or 'Dave' or something? Anyway, nice one Frankie. We all enjoy paying eight quid for a packet of fags so cheers.
He probably doesnt like you either - we also all dont enjoy paying £8 for cigarettes cos we all dont smoke !!! You need to get a life
Why are non-smokers so pious? I'd stop smoking if I didn't think I was going to turn into one of you.
'we all' meant as in not everyone not specifically me weirdo - thats torn it cos I do smoke - thought you were being clever commenting on a poor dogs name and smoking but you have made yourself look like an absolute fool !!
Are you drunk?
Are you for real !!!!
[quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]minnie64[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]minnie64[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: I don't like dogs when they're given human names. Why not just go the whole hog and call him 'Steve' or 'Dave' or something? Anyway, nice one Frankie. We all enjoy paying eight quid for a packet of fags so cheers.[/p][/quote]He probably doesnt like you either - we also all dont enjoy paying £8 for cigarettes cos we all dont smoke !!! You need to get a life[/p][/quote]Why are non-smokers so pious? I'd stop smoking if I didn't think I was going to turn into one of you.[/p][/quote]'we all' meant as in not everyone not specifically me weirdo - thats torn it cos I do smoke - thought you were being clever commenting on a poor dogs name and smoking but you have made yourself look like an absolute fool !![/p][/quote]Are you drunk?[/p][/quote]Are you for real !!!! minnie64

4:46pm Tue 19 Feb 13

OSPREYSAINT says...

St Retford wrote:
minnie64 wrote:
St Retford wrote:
I don't like dogs when they're given human names. Why not just go the whole hog and call him 'Steve' or 'Dave' or something? Anyway, nice one Frankie. We all enjoy paying eight quid for a packet of fags so cheers.
He probably doesnt like you either - we also all dont enjoy paying £8 for cigarettes cos we all dont smoke !!! You need to get a life
Why are non-smokers so pious? I'd stop smoking if I didn't think I was going to turn into one of you.
Don't worry mate, it's killing you slowly so you will have less time to worry about it.
[quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]minnie64[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: I don't like dogs when they're given human names. Why not just go the whole hog and call him 'Steve' or 'Dave' or something? Anyway, nice one Frankie. We all enjoy paying eight quid for a packet of fags so cheers.[/p][/quote]He probably doesnt like you either - we also all dont enjoy paying £8 for cigarettes cos we all dont smoke !!! You need to get a life[/p][/quote]Why are non-smokers so pious? I'd stop smoking if I didn't think I was going to turn into one of you.[/p][/quote]Don't worry mate, it's killing you slowly so you will have less time to worry about it. OSPREYSAINT

11:03pm Tue 19 Feb 13

jonnyx says...

St Retford wrote:
minnie64 wrote:
St Retford wrote:
I don't like dogs when they're given human names. Why not just go the whole hog and call him 'Steve' or 'Dave' or something? Anyway, nice one Frankie. We all enjoy paying eight quid for a packet of fags so cheers.
He probably doesnt like you either - we also all dont enjoy paying £8 for cigarettes cos we all dont smoke !!! You need to get a life
Why are non-smokers so pious? I'd stop smoking if I didn't think I was going to turn into one of you.
nice bill hicks reference st retford
[quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]minnie64[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]St Retford[/bold] wrote: I don't like dogs when they're given human names. Why not just go the whole hog and call him 'Steve' or 'Dave' or something? Anyway, nice one Frankie. We all enjoy paying eight quid for a packet of fags so cheers.[/p][/quote]He probably doesnt like you either - we also all dont enjoy paying £8 for cigarettes cos we all dont smoke !!! You need to get a life[/p][/quote]Why are non-smokers so pious? I'd stop smoking if I didn't think I was going to turn into one of you.[/p][/quote]nice bill hicks reference st retford jonnyx

2:03pm Wed 20 Feb 13

Subject48 says...

they dont get it, it wasnt on corry...
they dont get it, it wasnt on corry... Subject48

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