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Sleeping Heroes

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Photo Credit: Kim Logan-Maus & Fort Lauderdale Police Department

“Well it’s 0500 and it’s been coming down pretty hard since about 0330. Had a few tornadoes touch down and the flooding is getting bad. We are all hunkered down in our shelters and I roll over on my make shift cot to see my K9 buddy “hand in paw” with his partner. And Irma rages on.”

From the Facebook page of #LoveWhatMatters

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Frida, Mexico’s Hero

Via @Omarbamm on Twitter
Photo: @Omarbamm on Twitter

Meet Frida, who is a member of the Mexican Navy. This beautiful Labrador Retriever is a Search and Rrescue dog with over 50 finds under her collar. She has rescued 12 living people, and has earned a commendation from the President of Mexico.

According to the LA Times, she was deployed last Tuesday to assist in finding survivors beneath the Enrique Rebsamen school. Although Frida is 7 years old, she was able to participate on a limited basis with the search, confirming information brought back by Evil and Echo, two Belgian Malinois who are just starting their careers in Search and Rescue.

I can’t post the video from the times, but you can see the whole story here.

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Wounded Greenwood K9 Officer Kina Found Alive


When officers responded to a domestic disturbance call in Greenwood, Arkansas last Wednesday, a gunfight killed one officer, wounded another, and wounded K9 officer Kina, who had been in her cruiser. The dog escaped the vehicle and ran from the scene. She hadn’t been seen for two days, until someone who was building a new home near the scene of the shooting found her hiding out in the vacant home. The man called police, who responded immediately, keeping Kina contained in a fenced area until her handler arrived.

The video from Channel 5 News will bring a tear to your eye, as the dog bounds to meet her best friend. She had been shot twice, but appears to be healing well. They will need to evaluate her to see if she can function as a police dog after the trauma, but she is physically going to be ok.

Our sympathies to the Greenwood PD on the loss of one of their human officers during the domestic call.

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Heroic Dog Improving After Trying to Save Friend from SW Ohio Home Fire

Have you been following the story of Carmen? Named after the Ohio State Alma Mater (Carmen, Ohio), this beautiful Boxer lay on her friend, Ben’s face, trying valiantly to protect him from a house fire. Although he was pulled from the house alive, Ben succumbed to his injuries and was buried today.

Carmen, on the other hand, was removed from her ventilator and appears to be doing as well as can be expected. You can follow along as Carmen recovers on the Cincinnati Care Center’s Facebook page.

People from around the world have seen the story and are praying for Carmen. They have committed over $18,000 toward the $25,000 fundraising goal to pay for Carmen’s care on the Crowdrise crowd funding site.

The video above is from right after the fire, but the family has posted an update this evening: Family & Carmen Update 2/10/2015: Today we laid Ben to rest. It was by far the hardest thing our family has ever had to do, though our spirits were lifted when we got an update on Carmen…. We’re thrilled to share that she’s improving! She was taken off the ventilator today and currently breathing on her own. As she comes out off the anesthesia, she’s awake, aware and even moving around a bit. It was good to see her recognize the family and respond to our voices.

While we’re not out of the woods yet and there is still significant care that she needs, her chances of survival have increased. We’re hopeful that we will actually be able to take her home one day. Ben’s brother, Philip, will be taking Carmen home if we get there, though she will continue to have the love and care of the entire Ledford Family.

Carmen – you are such a good dog! All of us here at doggies.com and breeders.net wish you a speedy recovery.

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Reader’s Digest Hero Pets of the Year

The winner (and still champion) - Chi Chi
The winner - Chi Chi: Courtesy Mary Lane

My bad!  I totally missed the boat on this one.  Over the summer, Reader’s Digest ran a contest to find a winner for the award of Hero Pet of the year.  Finalists included 2 dogs, 1 horse, 1 cat, and 1 parrot.  No big surprise that one of the dogs won!

 I’m sorry I didn’t get this to you in time to vote – I’ll put it on my calendar to check on for next year.  At any rate, the stories of the finalists are available on the Reader’s Digest site - they are very touching.

 Until next time,

Good day, and good dog!

Meet Chesley Sullen-barker

chesleyI took my kids out for ice cream after their baseball game tonight, and we ran into the nicest dog at the ice cream shop.  His human said he had lost his front leg in a car accident and then went to the Humane Society, where they met.  The man was looking for a hero’s name for the dog, and had just about settled on Chesley Sullenberger III (after the pilot who successfully ditched his plane in the Hudson), when his daughter suggested a slight change:  Chesley Sullen-barker!

What a great dog!

Until next time,

Good day, and good dog!