Jim Bennett

Whenever you see the devastation of earthquakes and other natural disasters you often see search and rescue dogs right in the middle of those catastrophic events. Handlers with trained dogs looking for people trapped in the devastation, injured unconscious survivors that simply couldn’t be found any other way. I always thought those dogs were trained by special divisions of law enforcement or government emergency response teams, but I found out that’s simply not the case. It’s everyday people who volunteer their time and efforts to train their own dogs to save lives.

I met St. Croix County resident Susan Alexandra Leary a few years ago but it wasn’t until recently that I became aware of her involvement with search and rescue dogs. Alex, as she likes to be called was with several other men and women with their dogs in the middle of a training and testing event. These were local people with a love of dogs with a purpose to save people’s lives.

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