Woman Honor Thyself

When women are depressed, they either eat or go shopping. Men invade another country. It's a whole different way of thinking. --Elaine Boosler

Saturday, February 11, 2006

DoG as Hiker's BesT FrienD



From The Denver Post"Kudos to Chamonix, the yellow Labrador rescue dog, and her handler for helping find a Loveland hiker who had been lost and was close to dying."

And you thought only "Lassie" did feats like this eh?

"After rescue teams found Shaun Green, the Loveland hiker who got lost near Lyons last week, his family asked that the dog that found him be given "a big hug." The request was spot-on: Without the search dog, a yellow Labrador named Chamonix, rescuers might not have found Green in time. And more than treats, search dogs crave human affection."

For those who aren't too familiar with this:
Search and rescue dogs specialize in any number of things among them helping police find corpses and body parts. The dog and handler teams conduct wilderness searches, but some specialize in avalanches, disasters and finding bodies underwater. They assist federal agencies, police and sheriff's departments, Civil Air Patrol and other rescue efforts.

"It's hard work. Human handlers (usually the dogs' owners) must train their animals by investing about 1,000 hours of their own time, including a few hours every day and every weekend for a year. The handlers must know first aid, CPR, wilderness navigation, wilderness survival, avalanche and water safety, proper use of radios and some technical skills such as how to rappel from helicopters. They also must be in top physical shape."

"Dogs naturally have a keen sense of smell - they can find an individual scent days after the person has left the area - but they must be taught to use it in specific ways. While most dogs can follow a scent on the ground or through the air, search dogs usually specialize in one or the other. For example, Chamonix sniffs the air to detect human scent."

A dog's 600 hours of strenuous training includes agility tests, swift responses to commands and the ability to ignore distractions (such as squirrels). They must not fear loud noises (they often ride in helicopters) and get along well with humans they don't know (search dogs travel in vans with a dozen or more human rescuers). They must endure hot and cold weather and run long distances over boulders or snow. Sadly, some get injured in real-life missions."

"Chamonix was a team player. It was the decision of her owner, 26-year-old Justin McLean of Boulder, to train his pet to save lives." I just know there's a lesson in their somewhere.

Stories like this don't routinely make the news these days..glad this one did.

4 Comments:

  • At 12:29 PM, Blogger Karl m said…

    careful there WHThyself..dog spelled backwards is GOD and if you are mentioning GOD covertly,then the aclu will be in here shortly and all mentions of creationism will be strenuously objected too..and left wing crazies will hafta start burning Israeli flags because...they burn nicely.

    "Man's best friend"..as a dog owner there is no warmer feeling when you come home to an empty house and there she is tail wagging asking you, with those sleepy eyes, so how was your day?...peaceful, serene and nuturing...perhaps there are a few things we can learn from our 4-legged friend and bring into our every day life...

     
  • At 1:36 PM, Blogger Lady Jane said…

    Dogs are wonderful!

     
  • At 2:00 PM, Blogger Lawman said…

    I'm the proud ower of a Lab mix. Karl m said it best. There is no warmer feeling than coming home to a tail wagging pup with those big eyes saying "welcome home".

    I wish the MSM would publish more good news for a change. Geeesh... with all the doom and gloom they print, you'd think Armageddon was right around the corner.

     
  • At 4:35 PM, Blogger WomanHonorThyself said…

    Trudat Lawman..but u know how much pple jus luv a good car wreck...sigh.

     

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