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Disaster and Wilderness Dogs

Disaster and Wilderness Dogs


We recently returned from a trip to Menlo Park CA. Where our donors helped to fund several days of amazing training. The training focused on the K9 teams ability to respond to a disaster situation.

Because there are not enough disaster capable Dogs to respond in the event of a large tragedy (think earthquake) the Wilderness rescue K9’s came in and were introduced to working on what the pros call “the pile.”  Which is to say, what was left of a large structure, after a destructive event, is in a large pile.  This pile is a seriously difficult working environment and there are many considerations when one approaches a rescue of humans from something like the Oklahoma City bombing, or the WTC.  Initially, the emergent driver is to find live humans buried under the rubble, after that, the focus is on finding human remains.  

The pile is a dangerous place to work.  There is rebar and glass and shards of wood and plastic in the debris that can injure a Dog or their human.

As an amateur, I watched these amazing teams do their best.  Some of the wilderness Dogs were very uncomfortable on the pile, and some of them figured it out.  All of the Dogs worked hard and gave everything they had.  It was amazing.

I want to thank our donors for helping these teams.  They have much work to do to stay proficient and value-added.  The Dogs need the best equipment available. Because of you, dear donors, we can provide that.

The more working Dogs I see, the more I am driven to ensure that they have what they need. Training, gear, medical care, they deserve these things because unlike their humans, these Dogs didn’t volunteer.

Of the 40-ish Dogs we met over several days at the event, two were notable because of where they came from.  One was found by its handler, on Craigslist, the other came from the “back of a truck at a gas station in Tennessee.”

The stories are amazing, as is the work ethic and drive of those who ran the school.  

We are in good company.

Help us help them.