chai

chai

 

Chai is a sweet, shy shepherd mix who is slow to warm up to people, but fast at everything else. In the field, she moves like lightning, and detects even faster. And once she feels comfortable, she gives her heart forever; she is endlessly devoted to her handler, with whom she patrols and protects the wildlife in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park. Chai and her brother, Earl, were donated to WD4C at 10 months old by a K9 deputy sheriff in Virginia, who bred an outstanding litter from her search and patrol dogs and knew these two pups would find a perfect home in our pack.

Rue was given to WD4C by a concerned donor, who knew that the pup’s high energy and unbelievable drive to work put her at high risk for ending up at a shelter. Rue arrived on Christmas Eve, her crate decorated with green and red ribbons. At 13 weeks old, she was a tornado of speed and enthusiasm. Thirteen months later, work is her play. She would rather search than go to the dog park, and nothing thrills her more than the sight of her working vest. Even at her young age she can ignore distractions and maintain her focus over hours of searching. Rue is going to be a gift that keeps on giving.

© Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez, Bozeman Daily Chronicle 

 

Chai training to prevent wildlife trafficking in Zambia with WD4C's Megan Parker.