earl

earl

Where his sister Chai is fast, Earl is deliberate. He is sweet, incredibly friendly, and works with careful determination rather than in the mad rush his sister prefers. Earl, Chai, and their best buddy Ruger work together at Conservation South Luangwa, where they spend their days intercepting poaching products, removing guns from circulation, and helping protect Zambian wildlife. When they’re not working, the three dogs wrestle, play, and go on walks together. They love to be together, and everyone enjoys watching them cavort during their time off. It is no wonder that their scout handlers are so devoted to this remarkable trio.

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.

© Edward Selfe

 

Earl finding spotted cat skins at an anti-trafficking roadblock in South Luanagwa National Park.