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Retirement awaits loyal canine
Dog spent five years on force
Aron, a five-year Forsyth County Sheriffs Office dog deputy, was honored Wednesday during a retirement ceremony. His handler, Deputy Scott Goldsberry, stands by him. - photo by Alyssa LaRenzie

K-9 Deputy Aron won’t be pulling burglars out of bushes now that he’s retired, but he may bury a few toys under one.

The five-year Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office dog deputy was honored in a retirement ceremony Wednesday.

Aron, a 7-year-old German Shepherd, is leaving the force due to some health issues. He’ll spend the rest of his days at the home of his handler of nearly two years, Deputy Scott Goldsberry.

Goldsberry said his favorite memory of working with Aron is when the dog tracked down a burglar.

“He actually found him hiding in a bush, and lunged into the bush to get ahold of the bad guy and pulled him out to me,” he said.

That happened about six months after Aron became his partner, Goldsberry said.

Aron had two handlers before he started working with Goldsberry, but the two bonded quickly.

Goldsberry said he always wanted to work with dogs, and so he transferred from the fire department into the sheriff’s office and worked his way up to meet that goal.

“I don’t want to go anywhere from here,” he said. “This is the top.”

Goldsberry will continue with the K-9 Unit and Tryst will be his new partner, since Tryst’s handler is moving to the investigations division.

The sheriff’s office bought Aron with drug seizure funds in August 2007. He was 2 at the time.

He is retiring due to persistent health problems, said Maj. Paul Taylor, who oversees the unit.

“About a year ago, we started noticing some medical issues,” Taylor said. “He is under control right now medically, but there’s no guarantee that what he went through [with a prostate issue] will not return.”

Aron would have also needed surgery for a cataract in one eye, which has 20 percent vision.

“It’s not fair to him, and it’s not fair to us to make him continue,” Taylor said.

Goldsberry said he enjoyed his time with Aron as he accepted a plaque from Sheriff Duane Piper in recognition of the team’s service.

“We appreciate you letting him stay at your house for his retirement,” Piper said.

Goldsberry said Aron still waits at the door each morning as his handler leaves for work.

“It’s kind of different. Most dogs don’t live like this,” he said. “Every day he looks forward to getting in the Tahoe and going to work and doing something work related or for the county. It is kind of a change, becoming a normal dog.”