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Monday, January 18, 2010

Four Footed Heroes

Image courtesy National Search Dog Foundation

The photos and video of the devastation in Haiti is unimaginable. Thankfully, the world has stepped up to send help. Among those currently in Haiti or on their way to lend a hand are search and rescue teams from around the globe. Dozens of countries, including the United States, are represented.

It's fascinating that no matter how technology has advanced, the keen nose of a trained dog is still the number one choice for locating survivors of a disaster. The Discovery website chronicles a few of these international teams, with links for more information.

It's a job that can be dangerous, difficult, and traumatic. Yet it's another example of a simple truth.

Whether companion or work partner, what would we do without dogs?


The Word Place said...

These dogs are amazing! I remember their heroic work after 9-11.

P.S. Just finished Soul of a Dog--thanks for the recommendation!

Donna Volkenannt said...

Well said, Pat.

Unknown said...

Why are you so puzzled? We're irreplaceable and indispensable. Duh! :)

Sketching with Dogs said...

These dogs are amazing, they save so many lives, we humans owe them a huge debt.

Linda O'Connell said...

Is it any wonder there is such a profound connection between humans and dogs? A friend with three kids recently told me her dog gravitates to her son with ADHD and calms him.

Bandit's Pack said...

Great post. Hopefully, such working dogs will always have a job to do, whether alone or working alongside technology.

Ann Summerville said...

Thanks for the reminder that in addition to unconditional love, our canine friends provide a valuable service. My son is scheduled to go to Haiti on a mission trip next month - I am thankful that it wasn't planned a month earlier.

Anonymous said...

All hail the heroic actions of the rescue workers and dogs!

Margo Dill said...

Thanks for providing the link. I heart dogs. :)