It’s said that dogs are man’s best friend. For Sergeant Kristin Pond, K-9 Kayne has not only been her best friend, but her best partner.

After nine years of working with the Walton County Sheriff’s Office, the 10-year-old German shepherd will retire later this year.

From starring on A&E’s television show "Live PD," winning countless awards and sniffing out narcotics and law breakers, Kayne has had a long and successful career.

Kayne was born in Europe on Nov. 11, 2008. After being brought to the United States by a vendor who specializes in providing dogs to law enforcement agencies around the country, Kayne joined the Sheriff's Office in 2011. Pond became his partner in 2013, and since then they have been an unstoppable force.

While some police dogs are trained to do anything and everything, Kayne was specifically trained in narcotics detection and tracking.

“I couldn’t even tell you how many finds he’s had. ... His nose has been phenomenal,” Pond said. “I have a whole array of trophies he’s won at my house.”

Some of his biggest finds have involved 10 pounds of marijuana, 50 grams of methamphetamine and thousands of dollars.

Pond and Kayne compete in various law enforcement K-9 competitions every year, and Kayne has always placed in the top 3. In February Kayne placed 2nd in the United States Police Canine Association’s Region 1 K-9 Trials, missing the Top Dog title by 0.83 of a point.

Pond and Kayne will travel to New York in May to compete in the USPCA’s National competition. After that, Pond hopes to begin training a new dog and transition Kayne into retirement.

“It’s gonna be hard for the new dog to fill his paws,” she said. “He’s been a great partner.”

Pond wishes she didn’t have to retire Kayne, but after he started showing signs of arthritis, she decided it was time.

“The in and out of the car takes a toll on him,” Pond said. “I know I can’t keep doing that to him. ... Eleven (years) is actually a long time for a dog to be working on the street.”

Pond hopes her two other dogs at home will help Kayne adjust to retirement, but she knows it won’t be easy for him.

“When I get ready in the morning and I’m blow-drying my hair, he comes in and wants to be blow-dried,” Pond said. “When I’m putting my work stuff on, he lays down because he wants to get his collars on, so it’s gonna be really hard for him. He loves to work.”

Pond plans to do what she can to make sure the rest of Kayne's life is a happy one. Being the kind of person who would rather stay home with her dogs, she said she’ll take him on a lot of walks and car rides, and hide things around the house for him to find.

“It’s time for him to be able to just relax and be a dog,” Pond said.