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lifting spirits even as the search for 22 people still missing dragged on five days after the disaster. One more body was located, raising the death toll to seven, and the first survivors of the deadly avalanche were released from the hospital. Questions … Link.

A few months ago we introduced the fine readers of this blog to our latest K-9 Candidate, Newton … Newton just might be doing agility at a local dog club. But as for search and rescue Newton was more interested in other things and not searching … Link.

Forty-three people died in the disaster. Calkins spent time on the scene as a state police spokesman, then went back on his own time with his pet Golden Retriever, Ruger, a trained search and rescue dog, to look for victims in the debris field. Ruger was … Link.

Sometimes they would let her keep the animals and sometimes not, but they would always find homes for the dogs. Karen is still dedicated … for establishing and training the Volunteer K-9 search and rescue team based out of the Mecca Fire Department. Link.

The dog had been exposed to a lot of heavy smoke in a short time. Gene Ryan, a firefighter and paramedic, explains he’s a K-9 handler: He has a “disaster dog” and had undergone special training to care for animals. He grabbed a medical kit off one of … Link.

Two new search and rescue dogs have a new home in the metro, and two more firefighters have a new K-9 partner. “It’s no surprise … City areas that were affected within an hour of the disaster, of the tornado coming through. And they were working the … Link.