Search And Rescue
Many families love animals and have a few pets in their homes. When my children were growing up, our house was no exception. We had an assortment of four-legged friends, however, the favorites had to be the variety of dogs that touched our lives. Now, I’m happy to visit my children and share in the fun of playing with their pets.
My daughter Patti is an avid dog lover and has a female Belgian Malinois (similar to a German Shepard.) She has trained her for the duty of Search and Rescue. The female dog, Nala, is a perfect example of class and obedience. She thrives in rescue settings as well as finding remains, some of which were in twelve feet of water. Patti spends a lot of time working with Nala and has not only been very proud of her accomplishments, but also enjoys her as a wonderful house pet. But there was something missing. This bonding only added to my daughter’s search to have a real family of her own. Her prayers were recently answered and her family has grown in numbers.
Patti’s adoption search was a long and tedious experience. Not only was it sometimes disappointing, but depressing as well. Many months dragged on and finally two youngsters, (a brother and sister) were ready to join my daughter and our extended family. They would now have lots of love and a real home. Our prayers were answered.
Amanda and Nick were welcomed additions to Patti’s household and clearly enjoy having a home and family, along with Nala as their personal pet. The 8 and 9yr old kids love their new surroundings and have adjusted very well. They especially like to join in the routine practice training for the local Search and Rescue group. And Patti loves having them there. It’s a win-win situation that has blossomed for all of them.
Nala has won ribbons in her class and finds those who needed rescue. Patti and her new members of the family have found each other and share in their victory. Nala seems to be the thread that has joined all of them in needing and loving each other. Their searches have resulted in finding the lost and their success will forever be the wonderful common bond that brought them together.
I'm a retired Sun Newspaper typist. I've been writing freelance articles for the past twenty five years. Some of them are personal experiences having to do with my family of eight children and a total of twenty grandchildren. They keep me busy with a variety of subject matter.