John Reese

Bear – Person of Interest (TV Series)

Bear - a Belgian malinois in the TV series "Person of Interest"The second season of the CBS show “Person of Interest” introduced a new cast member – a Belgian malinois (working line) named Bear (previously named Butcher).  John Reese (played by Jim Cavierzel) gets “captured” by the Aryan Nation in an attempt to free his friends who were being held hostage.  Reese quickly proves that his hostage takers do not know how to properly handle nor get the respect for such a dog mainly because they do not speak  Dutch (commonly used in training military dogs).  Their expression quickly changes when Reese tells Butcher to sit then lie down in Dutch.  A quick scuffle happens and you see Reese with the other two hostages leaving the building.  As they get to the car Reese calls the dog and he comes running out (it’s safe to assume during the scuffle the dog did not break his commend).  Later in the episode Butcher eats a million dollar’s worth of bearer bonds and Reese decided to rename him to Bear.  Bear lives in the Library with Harold Finch (played by Michael Emerson).  While Mr. Finch does not get along with Bear at first he quickly warms up to the dog.

Bear is played by a working line Belgian Malinois named Graubaer’s Boker (who also has his own Facebook page).  Boker is an IPO trained dog (schutzhund title) – Boker has his IPO3 which is a schutzhund title (considered to be a more “recent” title than the more common SCHh3- the trial for both titles are very similar).  Boker was born in June of 2009 to a long line of working Belgian Malinois (French and Dutch lines). Continue reading

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