On May 14th 2011 the Dog Corps boarded or first pet dog. The parents of Billy J. were kind enough to leave their beagle pug mix (puggle) Eli with us over the weekend. Luke M. has always been good with dogs but he has a hard time picking up after himself and he earned this responsibility through his hard work in the dorm. Luke seemed to learn a lot over the weekend of watching Eli and it was really good for all of the Dog Corps kids to get the opportunity to work with yet another dog.
So for now, good bye Eli, and we hope to see you again soon.
On Saturday, April 16, 2011 Eagle Valley Search Dogs went back to Kingston, New York to search some areas of interest now that the snow has melted. The family of Zachary Green was also there to assist in searching some of the areas. We all met at a local fire house in Kingston where we promptly proceed to set up staging and divided up the areas. Rita and I took a mile or so of the Esopus river. The river’s edge was really quite disgusting, there was every different type of trash you could possible imagine. All of this debris combined with steep banks made this area very hard to search. After working dogs on the river, we returned to base where the family of Zachary was nice enough to bring us some pizza after a hard day’s work.
Zachary’s aunt, Deborah Herman is also very active in searching. She goes out sometimes three times a week to walk around and searches sometimes with the help form volunteers and other family members who would like to help.
The search ended up being inconclusive, but contrary to popular belief, a K-9 search teams job is not always to locate the missing person (although it is helpful). It is mainly to clear areas so the police can say that the missing person is not here.
The family was very happy for the help in searching for Zach and it is always very rewarding for Eagle Valley to help others out.