The Doberman - Versatility - Police

Meet Cara's Black Scorpion, "Stinger", the newest member of Kingston police.

He’s a quick, strong and potentially mean Doberman trained to sniff out illegal drugs and track down suspects.

Stinger is the replacement for Kingston’s former patrol/drug dog, Macso, a German shepherd who died unexpectedly of cardiac arrest in July.

After Macso died, K-9 officer Sgt. Sam Blaski wasn’t sure how long it would take before he was ready to have another dog. But he visited a breeder in Orange County, N.Y., and found Stinger.

“There’s not one ounce of fright in this dog. He’s not afraid of anything,” Blaski said.

That’s important in a partner.

“When Macso was gone, it was tough. They told me to keep driving the same (K-9) car until I made up my mind. I remember looking back and him not being there. You don’t know how much of a partner you have until he’s gone,” Blaski said.

People who have encountered Blaski and Stinger on the streets have had a similar reaction — a Doberman like Stinger appears to be more intimidating than a German shepherd. That might just be because Dobermans trained as police dogs are not common, he said.

There was no particular reason why Blaski chose a Doberman, and he’s not sure if there will be many differences between the two dogs in terms of abilities. He’d only venture to say Stinger is “probably” faster than his previous dog.

Blaski trains Stinger at the Church Street Park using some obstacles built for the K-9 unit years ago.

“Training is fun right now. It’s a new breed. We’re trying to make a name for him,” Blaski said. “He’s a very well-rounded dog. He’s above average on everything.”

Blaski has been a K-9 officer since 2005. As a K-9 officer, his dog lives in his home. He is side by side with his dog at least 16 hours a day, Blaski said.

“The only way you could do it is if you have the right mind-set to be a K-9 handler,” he said.

The loss of Macso was tough on Blaski’s family, especially his children, 8 and 7, Blaski said. Stinger has been welcomed by the family and is growing accustomed to living with them. “Now the family loves him. The dog fits right in,” he said.