Dog-loving driver takes part in apprehension, narcotics exercises
Even as the defending champion at Texas Motor Speedway, Greg Biffle returned to the track as a "criminal suspect" on Wednesday. A known dog lover, Biffle suited up in padded armor and took part in a training exercise with members of the Fort Worth Police Department K-9 Unit and their canine partners. Two veteran dogs, German Shepherds Moro and Rocky, were put on the chase of the "suspect" Roush Fenway Racing driver.
“I was just hoping he was just going to bite me where the suit was,” Biffle said. “That’s all I was worried about. He wasn’t going to go for the hands or the feet. I did it twice and they asked if I wanted to do it again. I didn’t get bit or fall down … so let’s put it this way, you can play with fire but you are going to get burnt sooner or later."
"It’s incredible to see what dogs can do."
-- Greg Biffle
Biffle also witnessed the skills of Kelev, a narcotics dog, and gave her commands to detect an illegal substance.
“It’s incredible to see what dogs can do,” Biffle said. “Their sense of smell and being able to train a dog with commands and being able to say the commands and the dog do it, it’s incredible. For situations like that for these police officers to have a safety net of an animal and to be able to get into places and get people is super important.”
In 2005, Biffle started the Greg Biffle Foundation as an advocate for the welfare of animals. The foundation's yearly NASCAR Pets calendar, which features images of drivers and their pets, helps raise money for the foundation.
“There are a lot of cruelty cases with animals and you have to have a strong stomach for this story,” Biffle said. “We saw on the news one night that this lady was breeding Rottweilers in her back yard and she got tired of doing it and wanted to get rid of the pets. So she poured gasoline on them and lit them on fire to kill them while they were tied to a tree. That was kind of the turning point for me and we started the foundation shortly after that.”
See more images from Biffle's "Dog Day Afternoon" below. Photos by Tom Pennington, Getty Images.
Greg Biffle speaks to the media alongside Lily, a dog from the SPCA of Texas.
Moro, a German Shepherd, helps her unit apprehend the Roush Fenway Racing driver at Texas Motor Speedway.
Forth Worth Police Department canine Kelev and officer Harald Cussnick show the driver of the No. 16 3M Ford a narcotic detection exercise.
"Suspect" Biffle tries to escape the bite of a member of the Fort Worth Police Department K-9 Unit, Moro.
Greg Biffle and Maura Davies, vice president of communications at the SPCA of Texas, play with two dogs that are looking for a loving home.
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