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Kadie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-13-10 06:39 PM
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Search and Rescue Dogs from around the world head to Haiti - pics

Rescue dogs are seen in their enclosure before leaving for Haiti at the Torrejon military airbase in Torrejon de Ardoz, Spain, Wednesday Jan. 13, 2010. Firefights without Borders, the International Red Cross and other aid groups said they are preparing a major disaster relief effort in Haiti after a powerful earthquake struck the capital.
(AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)


Spanish firefighters with rescue dogs wait to board their flight at Barajas international airport in Madrid, Wednesday Jan. 13, 2010. Firefights without Borders, the international Red Cross and other aid groups say they are preparing a major disaster relief effort in Haiti after a powerful earthquake struck the capital.
(AP Photo/Paul White)


A rescue dog is seen in its enclosure before leaving for Haiti at the Torrejon military airbase in Torrejon de Ardoz, Spain, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010. Firefights without Borders, the International Red Cross and other aid groups said they are preparing a major disaster relief effort in Haiti after a powerful earthquake struck the capital.
(AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)


A Spanish firefighter gives water to a rescue dog before leaving for Haiti, at Barajas international airport in Madrid, Wednesday Jan. 13, 2010. Firefights without Borders, the international Red Cross and other aid groups say they are preparing a major disaster relief effort in Haiti after a powerful earthquake struck the capital.
(AP Photo/Paul White)


Los Angeles County Fire Department urban search and rescue technician Jasmine Segura and her live cadaver dog Cadillac prepare to depart for Haiti with their team from the Pacoima area of Los Angeles January 12, 2010. The team will travel to Haiti to help with rescue efforts after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit the capital Port-au-Prince.
REUTERS/Gus Ruelas (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT)


Firefighters and search dogs trained to find live humans pass a truckload of equipment as they head for a briefing as members of the Los Angeles County Fire Department's Task Force 2 Search and Rescue team prepare leave for Haiti to help in that country's devastating earthquake, at the department's facility at Whiteman Air Park in Los Angeles Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010.
(AP Photo/Reed Saxon)


Members of French Civil Security rescue team who are based in Brignolles prepare to depart for Haiti with one of six specially trained sniffer dogs from the military base of Istres, southern France, January 13, 2010. The team will travel to Haiti to help with rescue efforts after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit the capital Port-au-Prince. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier
(FRANCE - Tags: MILITARY DISASTER POLITICS SOCIETY)


Members of French Civil Security rescue team who are based in Brignolles prepare to depart for Haiti with six specially trained sniffer dogs from the military base of Istres, southern France, January 13, 2010. The team will travel to Haiti to help with rescue efforts after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit the capital Port-au-Prince. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier
(FRANCE - Tags: MILITARY DISASTER POLITICS SOCIETY)


Elizabeth Kreitler, with the Fairfax County Urban Search and Rescue team deployed by USAID, looks down at Racker, a FEMA certified live human search dog, before boarding a plane for their rescue mission to Haiti, in Sterling, Va. on Wednesday Jan. 13, 2010.
(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)


Engineer Jason Vasquez and 'Maverick,' his 8-year-old German Shepherd search dog, trained to find live humans, and other dogs and handlers listen to a briefing as members of the Los Angeles County Fire Department's Task Force 2 Search and Rescue team prepare leave for Haiti to help in that country's devastating earthquake, at the department's facility at Whiteman Air Park in Los Angeles Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010.
(AP Photo/Reed Saxon)




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Auggie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-13-10 06:42 PM
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1. Go, Dog. Go!
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villager Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-13-10 06:45 PM
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4. +1 (for the sentiment, and great literary allusion! ;-)
n/t
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Coventina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-13-10 06:43 PM
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2. This post is making me bawl like a baby.
I hope these four-legged heroes will be rewarded by finding some living victims to rescue.

I remember reading a story after 9/11 that many rescue dogs were treated for symptoms of depression because there were no living victims to be found. (Not to mention the respitory problems they encountered).

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seabeyond Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-13-10 06:45 PM
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3. i hear ya. i love these guys, two legged and four. thanks for the pictures. nt
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brentspeak Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-13-10 06:45 PM
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5. There was a photograph of some rescue dogs after a long day's work at the Oklahoma City bombing
All the dogs were lying flat on the concrete, utterly exhausted, tongues out of their mouths. Little heroes.
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KatyaR Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-13-10 06:58 PM
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20. Those pups are so driven in their work--it's amazing.
Those dogs and their handlers are TRUE heroes.
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Tess49 Donating Member (606 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 02:17 AM
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45. I live just south of OKC and when the bombing happened, the dogs were brought in
from all over the country. Some of the handlers put out a plea for dog boots as the rubble was very hard on the dog's feet. I remember thinking, "Where are they ever going to find dog boots in Oklahoma City?". That thought had barely formed in my head when a truck filled with dog boots raced up and started unloading them. The time from the request to the delivery was about 30 minutes. I don't think I'll ever forget that.
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MissDeeds Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 02:41 PM
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77. Thanks for sharing this
I've always worried about the dogs' welfare when they work in rubble and debris. Wonder who was responsible for supplying the boots on OKC. Whoever they were, god bless them.
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stuntcat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-13-10 06:50 PM
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14. omg me too!
I've been watching this news all day but looking at these dogs about to go to work made me lose it! They're beautiful, ready to go to work saving people.
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roguevalley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 12:01 AM
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40. Cesar Milan rehabbed a lab who had PTSB after a tour in Iraq
sniffing for bombs. He was going to be a drug dog for the ATF but was too traumatized. He was rehabbed beautifully by my man, Cesar. HOORAY FOR DOGS!

Imagine, walking into carnage and trouble with a firm step and a dog. I pray for all of them, the nightmares they are going to face. God bless the peacemakers for their will inherit the kingdom of God.
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elleng Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 06:19 AM
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53. Hooray for Cesar.
How'd he do it?
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roguevalley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 04:03 PM
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80. desensitized it to sounds. took it away from people who couldn't
cope and had him at his center for a couple of months. didn't pity it, just helped it become used to things and see that they weren't going to hurt him. :)
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northernlights Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 08:55 AM
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59. I saw the same thing, also
in an interview where a rescuer said they were starting to occasionally have somebody hide in the rubble to allow the dogs to find somebody still alive to lift their spirits. :cry:
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Mimosa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-13-10 06:45 PM
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6. Thank you, Kadie, for the hope that the world really cares. n/t
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Kadie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 11:13 AM
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68. .
;)

:hi:

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alsame Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-13-10 06:45 PM
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7. K&R for the four-legged heroes. nt
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JI7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-13-10 06:45 PM
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8. i love dogs
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MoJoWorkin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-13-10 06:45 PM
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9. Beautiful! Truly, they are every man, woman and child's best friend.
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Botany Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-13-10 06:46 PM
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10. I loves me some doggies
:loveya:
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-13-10 06:46 PM
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11. Don't have photos but add the Canadian Dart Team
the Mexican counterparts, and the Israelis. Did I mention South Korea?

Here is a funny story about the Israeli team, among the top people in the world for this. During the Mexican Quake they were working on a structure, and who was giving them the backing? An Egyptian team.

I feel sorry for the poor translators.

So yes, disasters bring the best in humanity.
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JBoy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-13-10 07:01 PM
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22. Here's some of Vancouver's Urban Search & Rescue K-9 unit
they're currently on standby for Haiti, awaiting a callup by the Dart team.

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Jennicut Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-13-10 07:03 PM
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23. Wow, that dog is not afraid in the least of the height.
I would be stricken with fear.
Love the pics. These are hard working doggies.
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BlancheSplanchnik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 06:05 AM
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52. something about seeing that sweet doggy being lifted in
realllly got the ol' tear ducts working here...

thank you, beautiful pics in addition to OP

:loveya:











gotta go snuggle my little Shrimpy some more now.
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Kadie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 11:15 AM
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69. Thank you for adding these pics.
Awesome.

;)

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ellie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-13-10 06:48 PM
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12. Puppies over there!
Awww, nice doggies.
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blondeatlast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-13-10 06:50 PM
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13. Wonderful thread. Thank you. nt
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tblue37 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-13-10 06:50 PM
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15. Puppy heroes! Oh--and K&R! nt
Edited on Wed Jan-13-10 06:52 PM by tblue37
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hlthe2b Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-13-10 06:51 PM
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16. ":Man's" best Friends, indeed!
Bless the pups! You are special and forever in our gratitude.
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-13-10 06:51 PM
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17. Thanks
Makes me happy and sad at the same time.
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a la izquierda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-13-10 07:43 PM
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25. Yeah, me too...nt
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KittyWampus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-13-10 06:53 PM
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18. GOOGIES!
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Catshrink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-13-10 06:54 PM
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19. They give their whole hearts and beings
and all they ask for is a "good boy/girl", maybe a treat, and kisses. Damn. Made me go hug my pups.

:cry:
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Kadie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 11:16 AM
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70. .
:hug:

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Crabby Appleton Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-13-10 07:00 PM
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21. Beautiful
Go dogs
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trotsky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-13-10 07:04 PM
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24. Go Dogs!
I've got my flame-resistant underwear on, so let me just throw in the comment that PETA wants to see the end of service animals completely. Fuck those assholes.
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WatchWhatISay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 10:38 AM
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65. They also want to see the end of pet ownership
And believe that dogs should return to the wild.
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a la izquierda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-13-10 07:45 PM
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26. godspeed, puppers!
safe travails to the four legged searchers and their handlers
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FSogol Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-13-10 07:59 PM
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27. Nice. We're here in Fairfax County and are very proud of our rescue teams.
Godspeed everyone.
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MountainLaurel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 10:43 AM
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67. Former Fairfax resident here
And I remember the Urban Search and Rescue team traveling across the globe to help find disaster victims. I get teary thinking about them.
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Silver Gaia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-13-10 08:34 PM
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28. OMG. This made me cry, too! Love the doggies.
These are some dedicated, hard-working puppies. Bless their sweet hearts.
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pleah Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-13-10 08:47 PM
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29. Wow! Awesome!
K&R
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mnhtnbb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-13-10 09:05 PM
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30. Wishing success for all the dogs and their handlers.
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applegrove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-13-10 09:29 PM
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31. I love working dogs. I'm not enough of an alpha male to have one though. Dogs
sense that I am a complete pushover.... my cats sense this too I think.
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d_b Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-13-10 09:56 PM
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32. kick
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unabelladonna Donating Member (483 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-13-10 09:56 PM
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33. bless those precious dogs
they're flying off on a very sad mission. i'd like to believe they'll also be a comfort to the children.
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Stinky The Clown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-13-10 10:24 PM
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34. Good Doggies
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nicky187 Donating Member (124 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-13-10 10:25 PM
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35. Here are pictures of some of the humans...
... that live up to their canine partners' standard of behavior. Thanks to all.
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Wilms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-13-10 10:27 PM
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36. Thank you, Dog! n/t
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shireen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-13-10 10:50 PM
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37. sweet little souls ....
i love dogs so much, and it warms my heart to see them getting ready for a tough job ahead. I hope they save lots of life, can't think of a more wonderful reward for their hard work.
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polly7 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-13-10 11:36 PM
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38. Those dogs are amazing.
Edited on Wed Jan-13-10 11:39 PM by polly7
My BIL is in the RCMP and says the Dog-Handler tells him his dog actually gets depressed when he finds a non-living person after a long search. The poor things must really be traumatized after endeavors like Haiti will be. But they don't quit ..... he says his will go until he literally drops unless he's forced off a search.
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Bette Noir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-13-10 11:39 PM
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39. Good!
When I saw the rubble on TV, my first thought was, they need dogs.
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misanthrope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 12:04 AM
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41. Those who claim all humans are intrinsically worthier than other animals...
...need only think of these dogs and then consider Rush Limbaugh.
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BrklynLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 02:16 PM
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75. Excellent and very valid point.
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sabrina 1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 01:05 AM
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42. Beautiful and noble animals.
I wondered today about the animals in Haiti ~ I didn't see any dogs or cats in any of the photos. Poor little creatures ~ I hope there will be animal rescuers there also ~ :cry:
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comrade snarky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 01:47 AM
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43. Rough work for good dogs and their handlers
People can survive for days inside open pockets of rubble. I'm sure they will do a lot of good.

If I was religious I'd pray for them... guess I'll have to send another donation.
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inna Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 01:49 AM
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44. KR and thank you for this thread.
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Missy Vixen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 02:24 AM
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46. I want to go downstairs and give our Moose a kiss
He's not a rescue dog, but maybe someday, he'll be a therapy dog. He's in his crate for the evening and needs his rest, but he'll be getting an extra cuddle or two tomorrow.

Our big chocolate Lab puppy is the light of our lives.

I can only imagine how the handlers of the above dogs feel about them, too.

:loveya:
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colorado_ufo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 02:45 AM
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47. May God bless them all
as they have blessed the world.
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Jamastiene Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 02:46 AM
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48. If I ever need rescuing, I hope it's the dogs that do it.
I can't think of anything more heartwarming than having a dog show up and offer lots of love. There is no love like a dog's love...anywhere.
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SeattleGirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 02:49 AM
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49. Damn, I think I have something in my eye
Bless you, four legged furries, and all the work you do.

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ClayZ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 03:09 AM
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50. May their journey be safe and successful!
K and R
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BlancheSplanchnik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 06:02 AM
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51. Brave woofers
gettin a little teary eyed here....

:loveya:
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Fleshdancer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 06:26 AM
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54. Heroism at its cutest
Good luck to them. The pups and their care takers are in my thoughts.
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midnight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 06:46 AM
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55. Sending the dogs.... This gives me hope...
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Soylent Brice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 07:15 AM
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56. K&R
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Paper Roses Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 07:21 AM
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57. Beautiful animals. Loving handlers.
I can't keep from crying.
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paparush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 08:00 AM
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58. Interesting to see two Golden Retrievers
They are so laid back. Maybe they come in to lick the survivors once they are found? :-)

Proud owner of a Golden Recliner (tm)
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Javaman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 09:02 AM
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60. A buddy of mine was just called up...
He works does search and rescue for Travis County here in Texas.

He and his wife both have dogs. They are both going.

He has a rescue dog, she has a cadaver dog.

No doubt, he will have some heart breaking stories when he returns.
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renate Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 11:23 AM
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72. what heroes
I hope they will have access to counseling afterwards--especially your friend's wife, if her dog specializes in finding dead bodies.

They are very brave; they must be very special people. And their dogs are going to do so much good! On TV last night it looked like the ratio of humans to dogs in those rescue teams was surprisingly high; your friends are taking as many dogs as some of the entire teams are.

Hugs and best wishes to all four.
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Tailormyst Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 09:07 AM
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61. These are truly heroic men, women and dogs
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mod mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 09:30 AM
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62. Search & Rescue Dog Foundation for those who wish to donate:
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Kadie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 11:23 AM
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73. Thank you so much for the link mod mom!
Reading the responses to this thread is making me cry. I will check out the link in a little while.

;)

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avaistheone1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 10:10 AM
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63. Doing God's work!
Go doggies!!!

O8) O8) O8)
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Arugula Latte Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 11:19 AM
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71. If there is an omnipotent god why did this deity cause a giant quake, then?
Just saying. This "god does all good and no bad" stuff doesn't make any sense to me. But then, nothing about religion makes sense to me.

Good dogs, though.
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AspenRose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 04:20 PM
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81. Book of Job.
Job did nothing "wrong" and suffered terribly. God allowed it.

The apostle Paul had an affliction and he asked God to take it away three times; he did not. He suffered with it.

Good and bad things happen to everybody regardless of belief.

And in comparison with people who claim to speak for God like Pat Robertson, those dogs ARE doing 'God's work,' in alignment with those who heed Jesus's words in Matthew 25. They're going out to help those who need it, nothing more or less.

Just saying.
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Arugula Latte Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 05:02 PM
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82. And you think that really happened? Like, for real?
You think an invisible talking being tested a man by inflicting shit on him and had conversations with him, and that is history instead of mythology? Okay, then.
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tabbycat31 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 10:23 AM
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64. do you have a link
I so want to post this on facebook
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Kadie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 11:26 AM
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74. Hi tabbycat31
I found all the pics at yahoo news photos. If you want a link to this thread you can use my journal link...

http://journals.democraticunderground.com/Kadie/859

or Du's link

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...


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ooglymoogly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 10:40 AM
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66. Puts a lump in your throat watching the world react in this way
Kudos to O and the rest, for acting so quickly and forcefully.
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BrklynLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 02:17 PM
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76. Hail to the Heroes...the amazing dogs and their devoted handlers.
It is a harrowing and exhausting experience for all.
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Zoeisright Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 03:42 PM
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78. Oh, those sweet puppies!
I love dogs. And cats too.
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jillan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 03:52 PM
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79. Dogs are amazing creatures - love them!
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rox63 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 05:09 PM
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83. More about the 4-legged heroes going to Haiti
Search and Rescue Dogs from Around the World Go to Haiti
By Jennifer Viegas | Thu Jan 14, 2010 10:02 AM ET

Professionally trained "sniffer" search dogs from around the world have been recruited this week to aid rescue operations in earthquake-ravaged Haiti. The effort appears to be unprecedented in scale, matching the devastation already documented in the Caribbean country.

French teams with "sniffer dogs" were seen boarding vans yesterday, headed to the airport on their way to Haiti. The dogs are trained to serve, so many excitedly jumped forward on their leashes in apparent anticipation.

China dispatched a chartered plane containing multiple sniffer dogs and 10 tons of tents, food and medical equipment. A somber ceremony was held at the Beijing airport before the teams left, with handlers and their dogs lined up, equipment at the ready. The team from China arrived in Haiti today and is presently at work there.

An Itar Tass bulletin reports that a team from the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations (EMERCOM) left Moscow today, also bound for Haiti. The IL-76 plane contained 22 rescuers in total. Among the team were eight doctors, two psychologists and six canine specialists with search and rescue dogs. Another news report mentioned that the dogs3 Labradors, 2 golden retrievers and a German shepherdhelped to ease the tension of those on board the plane, which had a stop off in Iceland. The dogs are traveling freely, without cages, but onlookers are discouraged from having contact with the on-duty dogs. An EMERCOM spokesperson said, The dogs are to work heavily in stress conditions and their state cannot be put in the slightest jeopardy."


More at the link...

http://news.discovery.com/animals/search-and-rescue-dog...
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swilton Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 05:12 PM
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84. Kilo Romeo
Thanks, Kadie - brought tears to my eyes - love those German Shepherds!
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pasto76 Donating Member (835 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 05:33 PM
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85. just spent 3 days with search dogs this week
on a missing persons case in fremont colorado. A well trained dog is truly amazing. Haiti is fortunate to have these en route.
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madmax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-14-10 06:40 PM
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86.  God Dog .... sums it up for me. n/t
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