vicka

vicka

 

A colleague of ours first saw Vicka in a shelter in Elko, Nevada. She’d been found as a stray, wandering along the side of the road, but our friend could tell there was something special about her. We gambled on Vicka, adopting her sight unseen – and won big. She is serious and methodical in the field, with an unbelievable drive to work and an unrivalled detection distance. While many working dogs are so focused on their jobs that they don’t have much interest in people, Vicka loves to snuggle and play with the kids in North Luangwa, Zambia, where she works searching for rhino horn, pangolin scales, and other poaching products. She is a rock star at road blocks, helping the scouts recover handguns and illegally-harvested teak.

 

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.

Vicka passes her screening for ball drive with flying colors.