Sheriff’s Office bloodhound puppy is named

Frederick County Sheriff's Office deputy A. Jeter is the K-9 handler for the department's new bloodhound puppy. Rich Cooley/Daily

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office used some community help to determine the name of its new bloodhound puppy.

The 11-week-old male dog has been dubbed Frederick Copper Bleu Tracker – Bleu for short. Bleu came to Frederick County on June 27 from Severance Farm in Westport, New York.

Sheriff Lenny Millholland had used Facebook to survey the public for the hound’s name on the Sheriff’s Office’s page and his own personal account. He said that between the two accounts, posts about the puppy reached more than 200,000 people. Responders voiced their vote for names like Fred, Cooper, Tracker, Bullet and Beauregard.

In the end, Millholland recruited the help of Reese Burdette, who was the honorary firefighter’s marshal in the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival’s Firefighter’s Parade and the survivor of a 2014 house fire.

He said he relayed the top four name suggestions to Reese when she had visited to play with the pup. Reese liked all four names, so Millholland said they combined them into a title fit for a bloodhound.

“They’re just a different dog, so you have to have a different name,” he said. “They’ve got to have something that looks like a bloodhound name.”

Bleu will continue his training with his handler, Deputy A. Jeter, until the puppy is ready to help the officer search for missing persons and suspects.

“He sleeps till about eight in the morning and then he decides he wants to go and go and go,” Millholland said. “We’ll use the public and friends and other officers, and probably send him out with the search and rescue training so he can have different bodies to work with.”

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