Giving the working dogs their due on Labor Day

Posted By elaine on September 6, 2010

Labor Day is a time for rest and relaxation for many of us, a time we take a break from a hard day’s work, but it is not just people that work.  Dogs are increasingly joing the workforce, being trained in jobs that can not only make our lives better, but they can also save our lives.        

Take the service dog.  These animals are on the job 24/7,   helping in many different ways from detecting seizures to helping blind people become more independent.  These days you can find a service dog that has been trained for almost any need.

Almost everyday you can find Colorado Springs Police and El Paso County Sheriff’s Office K-9’s  on the police beat.   These  four-legged officers out on the streets working with officers.  

Therapy dogs can be found in hospitals and nursing homes on any given day giving people comfort and even helping people recover from illness and injuries.

Search and rescue dogs are often the difference between life and death when people are lost or caught in situations like avalanches and earthquakes… Locally they are called out for lost hikers.  Unfortunately their jobs often aren’t pleasant.  Many of these dogs are trained to find dead people,  giving closure to family members.

There are other dogs that due a host of jobs.  Herding dogs that help the farmer and rancher.  Dogs that keep geese off the golf course, we even have dogs that detect mold and bed bugs.  Yep, there are many jobs that dogs do.

 Last but not least… the family dog who are there waiting for you at the door with a wagging tail after you come home from your labor filled day !  

  Here’s hoping you and your dog had a great 3-day weekend!

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