No, David................I had just watched a movie, 'Snatch' and took the name from one of the characters. Texas is a long story, but here is the short version. On retiring form the Police Service I did a bit of CP work but realised that I am getting a bit long in the tooth for it, I was asked to do a few talks on my spe******t duties whilst in the Police, which was dogs, operational deployment and training. In addition the inclusion of dogs within the tactical team. (building/open country searching and tracking etc.).
One thing led to another and I end up setting up a small company providing European dogs and training to police and law enforcement agencies in the US, Africa and Europe. I provide Police Patrol (GP) Dogs, and single purpose drug and explosive detectors. We have three staff Bomb Detectors, two working Cocker Spaniels and a duel trained Patrol/Explo GSD, and contract private searches at corporate and goverment level.
At the time I was working with a number of agencies in Texas and I had a few friends in the gun world out there so I moved the training centre near Abilene. I engaged a few lawyers who took a good deal of money and achieved absolutly nothing by way of a residency card.
Most of us can remember where we where at the time of the attack on the Twin Towers, I was having breakfast at the Northside Cafe, Anson with a couple of officers on an initial drug dog course. It was at this time I realised that it was simply not going to happen so we packed up and moved back to Europe. As I mentioned they have almost banned private ownership of guns in the UK, so going back home was not an option, we ended up here in France. But, I do miss the States I was always made extremely welcome and I look forward to my next visit.