We're all aware of the earthquake in Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.
The property damage was devastating, but the damage to the people was more than any of us can begin to comprehend. Hundreds of thousands dead or missing.
Search and rescue crews from around the world have gone to Haiti to help find as many survivors as possible in the short time frame available. The damage to Haiti's ports and airport have made it difficult for the teams to get into the country and to the collapsed buildings, but the search is still ongoing.
Today my dogs and I are proud to report a successful rescue by one of those SAR teams from Germany.
On Wednesday, Anja Fiedler and her Portuguese Water Dog, Pablo alerted rescuers to the whereabouts of a 69 year old woman buried under a building. The woman was pulled alive from the rubble. Pablo is credited with finding five other people, though there are no reports on the conditions of the others.
This is Pablo
Pablo and Anja are from Ludwigshafen, Germany and are in Haiti for ten days seraching for anyone burried in the rubble of collapsed buildings.
If you would like to learn more about Search and Rescue Dogs, there are a couple websites that give excellent information on their training and how they do their jobs. You can check out The National Association for Search and Rescue, NASAR or The Dog Owners Guide to Search and Rescue Dogs.