tony

tony

Tony is charismatic, playful and curious. So playful and curious, in fact, that left to his own devices he can get into trouble. He was surrendered to the shelter for digging up his owners’ yard, and then adopted and returned again for being too possessive of his toys. Luckily for Tony, there is an informal network that keeps in contact about potential working dogs. Our friends at the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation let us know there was a possible candidate at the Onslow County Animal Shelter in Jacksonville, North Carolina. His toy drive was too high for them, but they thought he might be a perfect fit for us. Tony had charmed the shelter staff, and he did the same to us when we met him. Now Tony puts his energy to constructive use for our partners at the Singita Grumeti Fund, protecting the wildlife of the famous Serengeti.​

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.

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Tony and his handler  enjoy the reward of a successful training drill.