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Pup and circumstance! Police dogs honored with graduation ceremony

Graduations are extremely important occasions, whether you're big, small, or....furry?

The Connecticut State Police Canine Unit recently announced that the 181st Narcotic Detection Dog Class has graduated! This paws-itively adorable class contains eight Labradors.

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In a photo posted to Facebook on July 8 by the Connecticut State Police, the eight dogs sit proudly on the steps of the Canine Training Center in Middletown, Connecticut, most likely unaware of their momentous achievement.

The graduation marks the end of an intensive 11-week training course. According to the Facebook post, "the canine teams are all trained to detect narcotics, including heroin and fentanyl."

The dogs are all from Guiding Eyes for the Blind, the very same organization currently training our beloved 'Puppy with a Purpose' Wrangler.

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The police department also posted a video of the canines heading to their graduation ceremony (sadly 'Pomp & Circumstance is not playing).

The video, posted the same day five officers were shot and killed during a protest in Dallas, was captioned, "don't know about you, but we needed a little pick-me-up."

That's exactly what the video did. One person commented, "thank You Connecticut State Police for sharing... these amazing K9s don't know it, but today they are also Virtual Therapy Dogs."

Congratulations to Shamus, Hogan, Iowa, Yodel, Josefina, Putnam, Conner, and David on their graduation!

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