Dog in Japan Stays By His Sick Friend
How loyal are dogs?
Dogs will stay with you when you are sick.
Dogs will stay with their dog friends are sick.
Heck, dogs will stay with you even in war zones.
So when a dog gets sick from the Japan Earthquake, what would his 4-legged dog friend do?
You guessed correct:
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A lot of people have emailed us and commented on our Facebook fanpage asking if sending search & rescue dogs to Japan is equivalent to sending them to their deaths because of potential radiation leak from the nuclear power plants.
Here is a reply from Debra Tosch, the executive director of the Search Dog Foundation:
Every task member is wearing a monitor that measures the level of radiation. The level of radiation that is showing up on the monitors is the same level that I would have if I were wearing the monitor sitting in my living room.
…. six of the dogs (sent to Japan) were trained by the Search Dog Foundation; the same organization that had 13 dogs in NY. The dogs in Japan have the same level of training and the same certification as the dogs that responded to the World Trade Center.
My canine partner Abby was at 9-11. She is now 13 years old. The University of PA did a long term study that Abby participated in. Every year they do blood work and lung x-rays to see if there were any negative results from that horrific disaster. The findings have found that all of the dogs that have passed away were in the normal age range for that breed. They found no correlation to the tragedy of 9-11.
Every handler is their dog’s advocate. They will not send the dogs into an area that they know will result in the dog’s death. The canine is their partner; they put their trust in each other every day.
The task force has a special group of people called HazMat (Hazardous Materials) Specialists. They go on every deployment the task force responds to. Their role is to keep EVERY team member safe; two legged and four legged. They have special equipment that measures radiation levels 24/7. Every team member also wears a monitor that measures the radiation level. The team members have been trained on this equipment and know where they should go and where they should not go.
In another words, the dogs are and will be SAFE during the entire search & rescue operation.
If YOU’d like to help the organization, take a look at this article.