Working Dogs

Keeping America Safe-

Dogs on Patrol at U.S. Airports

A shrill bark echoes through the baggage claim area at Denver International Airport (DIA). Suddenly Dina, a large German Shepherd, races around the corner, muscles straining against the leash, intense eyes focused, nostrils flared. Technician Brian Wallace of the Denver Police Department’s DIA Bomb Dog Unit pulls on the leash in an effort to control the eager dog’s enthusiasm, but Dina is on a mission to find the prize: explosives. She whines and barks as she sniffs every inch of the unattended pieces of luggage. Abruptly she stops, sits next to a large, blue suitcase, and looks up at Technician Wallace expectantly, as if to say “I found the bomb, now where’s my treat?”



For veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the nightmare of war is an ongoing reality, even after they’ve left the battle behind. A car backfiring is a bullet flying overhead; a pothole in the street is a bomb crater; a nudge from a cart in the grocery line is a sneak attack from an enemy soldier. Coming home does not necessarily mean they’re safe. Coming home may be the beginning of another hell, a psychological torment from which there seems to be no escape.


Freedom Service Dogs Rescues Dogs from Shelters

And transforms them into service dogs who save lives!

Ten years ago, Kathleen Fieselman’s life was a nightmare. The debilitating effects of muscular dystrophy confined her to a wheelchair and compromised her ability to breathe. As a result, she lost her business, her home, and her dreams. Life had become a series of pointless days with no future, until a chance meeting took her from hopeless to hopeful. At a restaurant, she saw a service dog in training and talked to the owner about having a service dog for herself. By the end of the conversation, Kathleen had discovered a ray of hope and a chance at a better life.


Guard Duty—Dogs Who Serve and Protect…the Sheep!

High up on a hill overlooking the vast, beautiful landscape of a Wyoming ranch, a lone guard sits and watches, waiting for danger. Below, sheep contentedly graze, unaware of the predatory threats surrounding them: foxes hungry for a lamb, coyotes searching for their next meal, poachers looking for an easy kill.


Working Dogs: A New Breed of Ranch Hand

Herding cattle and sheep has changed from the days of cowboys roaming the prairie on horseback. Nowadays, many ranchers have traded their horses and lassos for ATVs and whistles because they discovered the best ranch hands aren’t cowboys. They’re cow dogs.

Courthouse Canines


Chance's big brown eyes latched onto those of Child Protective Services employee Becky Snodgrass. The San Antonio, Texas, woman wondered if Bexar County's 10-year-old courthouse canine was sulking about a grooming mistake that had mowed down Chance's wavy mane of reddish-brown hair to crew-cut length.


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