19 Apr 2012

121 Days to go

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121 Days to go

I woke up late again, it’s going to be an after work run as well. Today it’s an important day for National Search Dog Foundation. Today is the 17th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing. I remember watching the rescue operations on TV, I was 12 years-old and I remember reporters talking about the daycare that was in the building. Lost of innocent kids were buried under the rubble.

Oklahoma City bombing was a terrorist bomb attack on the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995. The Oklahoma blast claimed 168 lives, including 19 children under the age of 6, and injured more than 680 people. Wilma, the founder of SDF volunteered to help the rescue operations with her black lab Murphy. Murphy and the other search dogs covered large areas of rubble, barking loudly to indicate where victims were buried, thereby saving precious time for firefighters. This disaster made it clear that there were too few certified search dog/handler teams.

Out of this heartbreaking experience came a determination to find a better way to create highly skilled canine search teams.
In 1995, there were only 15 FEMA Advanced Certified disaster search dog-handler teams in the entire U.S. Recognizing the critical need for more Advanced teams in the country, Wilma founded the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation as a way to train teams in a better, more cost-efficient manner. Today, there are 67 Advanced Certified teams in the country—25 trained by SDF.

The Foundation chooses the dog, raises the funds to have the dog professionally trained, and then works with the handler and dog as a team until they reach certification and beyond. Another part of the success is that we use firefighters, who are first to a disaster, as the handlers.
They rely on support from individuals, like us. So today, on their special day, let’s pause for a minute, and show them our support. I would really appreciate your donations today.

“If you help others, you will be helped, perhaps tomorrow, perhaps in one hundred years, but you will be helped. Nature must pay off the debt. It is a mathematical law and all life is mathematics.” ~ G. I. Gurdjieff

So true.
Lots of love, please share/support.
xo

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