GDB career change-turned Northwest Disaster Search Dog, Luau, and her handler Sue Bonney (pictured above) have been deployed to help with the crisis caused by Hurricane Sandy. Sue reports that Luau has taken to Search and Rescue like a pro and has found her niche in life. "I can see her smiling while in training!" Sue said. Luau is a 42 pound ball of yellow Labrador energy and this is the team's first deployment. Sue is a member of her local GDB puppy raising group, Guide Puppies of Seattle, and is currently raising a pup named Sparky.
Luau is in good company. Another GDB career change dog, Lani, with her handler John Stewart, is also a search and rescue dog with the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation. Lani and John, from Sarasota Springs, Calif., are also currently at a staging area in Long Island, readying equipment and discussing potential search strategies so they can respond as efficiently as possible. If deployed, their job will be to find people trapped in structures destroyed during the massive storms.
Kudos to these amazing GDB career change dogs and their handlers!