utah

utah

We all know that border collies are smart, high-energy dogs, but even by border collie standards, Utah is a standout. Utah started his training with human-collected Kit Fox scat. There is usually a learning curve when dogs move from bagged sample scats to ones “straight from the fox” -- the collected samples can have a markedly different scent than naturally occurring scat, and field conditions can be confusing, with multiple wild canids using the same latrines. But Utah was ready to jump straight to the big leagues. He began alerting to wild scats his very first day in the field, and he hasn’t slowed down since. He can’t wait to get his vest on, hear, “let’s go to work,” and show off how much smarter he is than the rest of us. If Utah could talk, he would give a daily thank-you to the generous donor who sponsored the cost of his rescue, training, and ongoing care.

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.

Utah getting paid for doing what he loves -- sniffing out kit fox and blunt-nosed leopard lizard scats in CA.