The Catahoula Leopard dog, which is the state dog of Louisiana, is a powerful, working dog with good agility and endurance. This breed’s primary role is to herd and hunt. As it turned out, Catahoula Leopard dogs can be good at search and rescue, too.
Lori Wells, a search and rescue dog trainer, is a volunteer at an organization called Search Dogs 24/7. Together with her Catahoula Leopard dog named Piglet, Lori would travel miles where help was needed. They would spend hours of volunteer work searching for victims on land and in water.
Piglet’s breed was usually not used as a search and rescue dog. However, when Lori met Piglet, she sensed that she could work with Piglet’s settled and sensible nature. She could train Piglet to be a human remains detection dog. Piglet turned out to be great at her job.
Lori and Piglet’s work bring answers to families whose loved ones were suspected of having departed. They brought closure to those who were grieving.
As good as they were at their job, they were not prepared for the aftereffects of the Camp Fire in Paradise, California. The devastation brought by the wildfire shook Lori. Working alongside other search and rescue teams, Lori and Piglet covered as much ground as they could. Lori mapped and documented every location they covered.
Lori learned to trust Piglet. Their years of training and working together formed an unbreakable bond between them. The trust and the bond made them a good team. It was no surprise when they were given awards such as the 2018 ACE award and the 2019 Hero Dog Award.
Piglet was not just a teammate for Lori. She was her friend. Her happy-go-lucky personality never failed to bring smiles to Lori. She would always be grateful for Piglet’s affection and devotion.
Source: American Humane via YouTube