Paws of Life Foundation Continues Placement of Search and Rescue Canines

True to the adage that dogs are man’s best friend, Karen Frazier of West Paducah, Ky., recently received an Australian Shepherd named Briar from Paws of Life Foundation. Frazier is a member of Little Egypt Search and Rescue of Carbondale, Ill., a volunteer group of individuals and canines providing assistance in the event of lost or missing individuals in southern Illinois and surrounding areas.

Although relatively new to search and rescue, Frazier is ecstatic that being paired with Briar is solidifying a long-time desire to be involved in canine search and rescue. Her interest in search and rescue began when she observed a rescue group’s efforts to locate a missing child. Even though unable to pursue her interest at the time, Frazier maintained the desire to become involved in search and rescue.

After joining Little Egypt Search and Rescue last fall, Frazier’s goal materialized. When Frazier became aware of Briar's availability, it was another piece falling into place. Briar combined Frazier's desire for search and rescue opportunities and her love of Australian Shepherds.

“I am honored to be chosen,” says Frazier. She reports that Briar has fit in well into her home, which she shares with her son and two other dogs: another Australian Shepherd and a Pomeranian. Frazier says she is looking forward to beginning training with Briar.

Paws of Life is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing education, training and support to search and rescue groups across the nation. Paws of Life works with responders on local levels and also assists with placement of canines with appropriate handlers. The organization screens dogs on temperament and behaviors to identify good candidates for the demands of search and rescue work. Developed by experienced handlers, the criteria ensure that the most suitable dogs are targeted for use in search and rescue or law enforcement training.

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