tule

tule

WD4C didn’t just teach Tule to be a detection dog -- we had to teach her how to be a dog, period. When she came to us she was paralyzed with stress, didn’t know how to socialize with people or dogs, and wasn’t even house-trained. But she was a quick study. In just six months Tule learned how to live in a house, play nicely with dogs and people, and to detect black footed ferret. Despite her incredible drive, Tule doesn’t chase cats or bunnies. This makes her a perfect fit for ferret work, since she is not distracted by the hundreds of prairie dogs darting in and out of their holes. If you throw a ball for her, however, that’s another thing entirely, and you’d better make sure no one is in the way. Tule is getting better every day: learning what’s appropriate, learning to trust those around her, and learning she lucked into the best job ever.​

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.

Tule takes a break to enjoy the flowers once and a while.