A Labrador mix named Remington had the most interesting jobs even after retirement. Initially, he was a human remains detection dog and a fire station mascot. Then he became an ambassador for Project K9 Hero.
A firefighter named Rachael Crivelli became aware of search and rescue dogs when she watched documentaries of the September 11 attacks. She knew that it was something she wanted to do, so she reached out to Special K9s, a local K9 search and rescue team. Remington came into her life a couple of weeks later.
When Remington was a puppy, he loved exploring. He was inquisitive and liked to hunt. He had the perfect qualities to become a search and rescue dog. He started training a couple of months after Rachael met him.
Like a typical Labrador, Remington was very playful. However, he knew when to get serious. He took his job as a human remains detection dog very sincerely. He could work as long as he needed to, even if it meant working all day. Remington played a vital role in following up on cold cases and helping with the recovery of bodies after human-made or natural disasters.
Search and rescue was a tough job for both Rachael and Remington. When the families they helped were thankful for bringing them closure, they knew that what they do was worthwhile.
When Remington was not on search and rescue missions, he would go with Rachael to New Caney Fire Department, where she worked. They discovered that having a dog made it easy to reach people. Remington became the fire station mascot, and they would take him to Press Relations events. Remington was well-known when Rachael got hired in Navasota Fire Department, so he continued his work as a fire station mascot there.
After seven years of active duty, he had to retire. An unexplained lameness led to a diagnosis of a cancerous tumor in his spine. Rachael could not afford his medical expenses and was seriously considering euthanasia.
Fortunately, Rachael discovered Project K9 Hero at the back of a sport dog food package. Project K9 Hero accepted Remington into the program, and they paid for all of his medical bills.
The doctor had to amputate Remington’s leg to remove the cancerous tumor. Even without his leg, he remained the same lively dog that he was before the diagnosis.
While enjoying his retirement with Rachael and her family, Remington helped Project K9 Hero at events to raise funding and awareness for retired K9s like himself. Remington deserved the title of a hero.
Source: American Humane via YouTube