Tobias was found wandering Helena, Montana, as a stray. He was adopted by a student in Carroll College’s Anthrozoology program, who immediately started his training. Tobias's high energy was a challenge, but he displayed a laser-like focus when searching for toys. It wasn’t long before he was out in the field locating samples in difficult environments. When we caught wind of Tobias' skill, we ran him through some advanced detection dog tests, and soon he and his handler were roadtripping to Texas for training on Zebra and Quagga mussels. Tobias is now deployed at watercraft check stations in and around Glacier National Park. He brings total commitment to each search, and is rewarded with his Wubba toy, and if he’s very lucky, a chance to swim in the cold mountain water. 


To read more about Tobias's work searching for invasive ants 

in the New York Times, click here.

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.

After a long day of work, Tobias enjoys a canoe ride with his handler.