NYC’s working dogs all share two characteristics, their unbounded love for the human who looks after them and their doggy special gifts. Those special gifts include incredible bravey, their ability to learn and be trained, their sensitive noses and their size. Dogs in NYC are used in an wide range of situations from chasing fugitives, to nurturing people with terminal illnesses or who are suffering from illnesses such as PSTD.
Right now there are thousands of dogs working hard each day in NYC helping carry out tasks that it would be much more difficult for their owner to do on their own. In the news right now is the story of Paz spending each day in a Brooklyn courtroom as a therapy dog helping a traumatized witness get through the horror of testifying against the man who terrorized her for 5 months ,see
Therapy Dog Helps in Brooklyn Courtroom
Therapy dogs like Paz work with their owners going into hospitals, schools, retirement homes and private homes providing the love that helps patients and crime victims recover from injury, illness or trauma of any kind. They are trained by a number of organizations but one of the most revered is The Good Dog Foundation. Find out about its work at Good dog Foundation Ths dogs the Foundation trains can be any size but there seems to be more small dogs than big ones, perhaps because a small dog fits comfortably on a lap?
When you look at the NYPD K.9 squad however, to a dog they are all German Shepherds, brought in from Eastern Europe but trained here in NYC. They are trained to carry equipment on their back, jump out of helicopters, sniff out crooks and drugs and go alone into dangerous situations to safeguard the lives of NYPD officers. Over the last decade the number of police officers has declined and the size of the K.9 squad has increased as the value of the work dogs do has grown. The bravery and dedication of these dogs sometimes results in them being hurt, but they will literally do anything for their much beloved handlers such is the nature of the bond between the two.
NYC’ss Office of Fire Prevention and Control uses specially trained arson dogs who can smell an incredible range of accelerants used by scumbags to light fires. And they are trained to work from ladders, helicopters and in burned out buildings. These, like the NYPD dogs, are big, tough working dogs but they all have an unbreakable bond with their handler.
Perhaps the dogs most frequently seen by the public would be dogs used by the US Customs and Border Control at NYC’s two international airports. They sniff out drugs but much more usually their sensitive noses are used to detect food or plant products being brought into the country illegally. It might seem like a small crime but the wrong seeds or plant material sneaked in could wipe out the nation’s valuable crops.
And right now there is a specially trained dog whose job it is, with his handler, to chase the geese from Governor’s Island. Geese had been landing and eating grass and pooping up everywhere but Max now has it all under control, succeeding where all other methods of geese deterrence had failed. And like all the other dogs celebrated in this post, he does it for the cost of feeding him and keeping him fit and healthy and because he loves his handler. Lets celebrate the hard work, skills and love of the dogs that help all New Yorkers.