It’s a sunny Sunday in February and our spirits are running high. We’re back in Colorado, headed to the Denver Coliseum for the Twentieth Annual Rocky Mountain Dog Show and a long-awaited reunion with Onda’s breeder, Carol Ann Hartnagle. I’ve got a coffee...
THE DRAMA QUEEN AND THE GUNSHOT SURVIVOR
On a back road near a highway in eastern Memphis, Tennessee, from somewhere out of the overgrown thickets of wilderness, perhaps north from the dense forests that lined the Mississippi River, or east from the marshland and backwoods along the Wolf River, limped a...
OUR NEW HOME IS THE CITY DUMP
The test was coming. The FEMA Canine SAR Certification test would eventually merge into a single exam, but in 1997, there were two separate tests. Basic certification—two victims across two rubble piles in under fifteen minutes—allowed the qualifier to respond to local disasters. Advanced certification—six victims across...
IntroductionIn reviewing the literature on children and the family dog, we found few studies that collected data directly from children; this was particularly true for young children. To date, most attempts to investigate the family dog have relied on...
ENTER THE MASTER TRAINER
Ana, Dusty, and Harley—in terms of their combination of physical ability and prey drive—were in the top percentile of dogs in America. But in a way, finding them was the easy part. Now we had to turn their raw talent and energy into usable...