AMERICAN HUMANE ASSOCIATION HERO DOG AWARDS - 2019 FINALISTS
Piglet — Search and Rescue
Location: Lancaster, California
Piglet, best friend of Winnie The Pooh. But, there’s another “Piglet” in town. An 8-year-old Catahoula Leopard Dog. This Piglet, veteran Search & Rescue dog, is trained & certified to help families in arduous times.
Nothing could have prepared Piglet & handler Lori Wells for the inconceivable conditions on a recent deployment. Called to aid in the aftermath of the horrific “Camp Fire” in Paradise, California. One of many volunteers, this little dog deployed to do all she could to help.
Piglet provides a vital service. Her help to bring answers to grieving families is immeasurable. She assists to locate people on land & in water. Once, human searchers spent 7 days combing a lake with no luck. On day 8, Piglet deployed & located the subject. She has helped the coroner by locating enough bones to reconstruct and positively identify the individual. Piglet’s work benefits.
Lori & Piglet dedicate hundreds of volunteer hours annually & depart for each call-out with enthusiasm. Traveling thousands of miles a year does not diminish Piglet’s bubbly personality & happy-go-lucky attitude. In her off hours she loves making friends. At PR events she’s always a crowd-pleaser with a wagging tail, signature “smile” & endless kisses.
Perhaps this is what makes Piglet a unique Search & Rescue dog. Her namesake shared advice appropriate for those survivors this dedicated K9 helps reunite… “If there ever comes a time when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever.”