Vancrest Assisted Living resident Ruth Gillespie gives Allen County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Zeus a pat on the head during the dog’s visit on Tuesday. (Submitted photo)
Vancrest Assisted Living resident Ruth Gillespie gives Allen County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Zeus a pat on the head during the dog’s visit on Tuesday. (Submitted photo)
DELPHOS — Residents of Vancrest Assisted Living had special guests Tuesday morning. Zeus, a K-9 Deputy, and his master, Shawn Felder, of the Allen County Sheriff’s Office were on hand.

There were 25 to 30 residents and employees who enjoyed the very interesting demonstration.

Zeus is a trained to sniff out drugs for the department. He can also attack a criminal on command.

He weighs about 90 pounds and has more strength than can be imagined. Commands to Zeus are all given in German, because he is a real, for sure German Shepherd from Germany. The German dogs are bred to be special working dogs.

When Zeus first came to America, he worked in Kentucky for 2 ½ years before coming to Allen County. Deputy Felder has been a deputy sheriff since 1999 and a full-time deputy since 2006. He started with the K-9 unit in 2015. Deputy Felder and Zeus have been good buddies ever since. A very strong bond exists between the dogs and their masters.

Felder said the sheriff’s office has six K-9s and provide mutual aid to other communities when needed or requested.

As for their home life, Zeus still likes to be where Felder is. At night, he sleeps at the foot of his bed. When his master is away for some reason, such as on mounted posse duty, Zeus crawls in bed with Felder’s wife.

Shawn also has two children, two other dogs and two horses. Zeus gets along very well with the other dogs and the kids.

Felder is a member of the Allen County Mounted Posse. Beth Metzger asked him to come to Vancrest because she is also a member of the posse and that’s how she met Deputy Felder.