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Re: Good dog!! by sighthound on 17 September 2010 12:24am
 
I've got a good dog story - starts out sad though. A friend of mine does Search and Rescue with her dogs and they have gone all over the world to help at scenes of disaster. It was a little closer to home this week when Laura and her dogs were called to go to San Bruno, a town south of San Francisco where a major gas line exploded, flattening a good part of the town.

They had changed from the search and rescue mode to the search and recovery one because all the living people had been found and they were just looking for charred bones. (Different dogs, called cadaver dogs, are used for that.) One of the S&R dogs was being walked past one of the burnt-out houses when it stopped and alerted. Now, these dogs are trained to alert only for humans and the handler knew that that ruin had already been checked and there were no humans inside. She ordered her incredibly well-trained dog to move on but the dog refused despite repeated commands. So, she let the dog go into the ruin where it led her to a tiny puppy that was hiding there. Now this was definitely not what this S&R dog had been trained to do but he used his training to communicate with his handler that another being was in need.

There was not a dry eye among anyone who watched the animal rescue people move in to take care of the pup who will survive despite its injuries but it wouldn't have lasted for long if that wonderful S&R dog had not disobeyed his handler.

BTW, all these S&R people are unpaid volunteers. They sometimes get their expenses reimbursed when they go to disaster sites but sometimes not. And they spend endless hours in continuous training. If you are a S&R handler, you do not have time for much else in your life. They are true heroes in my book. (As are their dogs who are often from breeds that are considered "dangerous" because you need that kind of high drive to make an effective S&R dog. Many S&R rescue and police dogs are dogs who have "failed" as family pets but the drive that made them fail there was just what was needed to make them into canine heroes.)
 
Re: Good dog!! by Spursfan on 17 September 2010 9:09am
 
Oh Geraldine what a wonderful story! I mean it is also a tragic story of course, but a heart-warming one nevertheless.

Thank you for sharing.

:)
 
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