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WDC History With Search & Rescue

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This is the first in a series of blog posts that will highlight the history of the Center’s relationship with the Search & Rescue community, and give you some insight into our Search & Rescue training program.

The Working Dog Center was founded in 2007, but the seeds of Dr. Cindy Otto’s vision were planted much earlier.

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Puppy Update

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It may have been more than a week since we last checked in with Zzisa’s puppies, but that doesn’t mean they’ve been idle!

We got an update from the Darlings, our whelping fosters, on what the puppies have been up to.

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Bretagne Makes Finals

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All summer, we’ve been promoting our campaign to get Bretagne, a 9/11 search dog, honored at the Hero Dog Awards.

After advancing to the semifinals, she’s emerged as the winner of the Search and Rescue category, and is now in the finals for overall Hero Dog!

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Last night on NBC Nightly News, McBaine and the WDC team shared how they are improving early diagnosis with our Ovarian Cancer Detection Study.

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This summer, the Working Dog Center is conducting a study evaluating the impact of a structured warm-up routine on a dog’s post-work gait analysis.

While the benefit of a warm-up routine on human athletes has been documented, this study will scientifically evaluate the benefit of a warm-up routine for dogs.

This study is being conducted in partnership with GAIT4Dog®, a division of CIR Systems, and is using their 16’ GAITFour® Walkway.

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Puppies Love to Eat (and Nap)

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It’s been about a week since we gave you our last update on our puppies, and boy what a week it has been!

With their teeth starting to come in, the puppies had their first solid food.

They loved it, but soon fell into the most adorable food coma you’ll ever see.

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Puppies: A Different Perspective

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When Zzisa had her puppies, we had quite a few people helping out!

Along with Eric and Tracy Darling, veterinary externs Gretchen Powers and Eric Weiner were on hand as well. Afterwards,

Gretchen and Eric wrote a great story detailing their experiences on the special day.

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Do Ice Cubes Cause Bloat?

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The recent recirculation of any article on Facebook has stirred up a lot of questions about the safety of giving your dog ice water or ice cubes to cool them down.

This story also brought in to question the ability for the ice cubes/water to trigger gastric dilation volvulus (GDV) or “bloat”.

To provide you the WDC community with scientific-based information on this subject, we turned to 2014 Working Dog Conference presenter, Janice Baker, DVM.

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An Eye-Opening Week

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We have enjoyed sharing recent milestones of Zzisa’s puppies’ development.

Not only have our puppies been growing a lot over the past week, but they’ve started to behave a bit more like full-grown dogs as well. The most noticeable change has been them opening their eyes. Puppies tend to open their eyes between 10-14 days after birth, so they are right on track!

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Zzisa & Puppies Doing Great!

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Who would have guessed that feeding 9 puppies could be so much work?

Zzisa is finding that out this week, as she adjusts to her new life as a mother. The most important thing that she is doing right now is making sure she can produce enough milk for the entire litter.

That’s a lot of mouths to feed, so her whelping fosters are providing her with upwards of 4,000 calories per day—nearly 2.5 pounds of food! Read Full Article ›

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