Did you know that every breed and variety of the modern dog is descended from the grey wolf? Which is quite amazing when you think about it and picture that toy poodle, sausage dog, and every other type of yap yap dog. Wolves are smart, some say they are cunning, and they often hunt in packs. The wolf is a highly intelligent animal; and the dog that most resembles its original forefather is the German Shepherd or Alsatian. You will often find one of this breed of dog working as a guard dog or with the police or armed services. Why Search and Rescue dogs are crucial to our safety is directly linked to their origin.
Why Search and Rescue Dogs Are Crucial to Our Safety
Dogs are easily humankind’s best friend. We domesticated the grey wolf some thirty thousand years ago and since then our dogs have accompanied us on our journey through life. Dogs helped us hunt and helped us to domesticate other animals like sheep, goats and cattle. Dogs as we all know are incredibly loyal to their human masters. Indeed, sometimes the dogs are too good for their human owners. The great ancient thinkers like Plato, Aristotle and Epicurus often discussed our relationship to animals, and there was great debate in ancient Greece and Rome about the place of animals in the greater scheme of things. Dogs have skills that we do not possess and in areas like search and rescue they really come to the fore.
Search and Rescue dogs are highly trained dogs that will be employed to search for missing people in disasters spanning from earthquakes to fires. Without donations, these dogs would not be able to be trained with the skills needed to rescue people from danger. Dogs are needed for search and rescue efforts, as they have an ‘air scent’ which humans do not. It is crucial that we keep supporting those who train the dogs, as dogs can cover larger amounts of ground than what a human could, leading to missing persons being found faster. Many search and rescue services, just like ours, wouldn’t exist without the help of Corporate Sponsors; and we would like to say a special thank you to them. We love our dogs; and our sponsors understand that it is not cheap to train them for this kind of specialised work. The work they do is important for our very survival; and together we can all make a difference during these potentially tragic times.