Pets on the Job!
Zootoo salutes some of our favorite working animals.
Pets and animals provide humans with so many gifts — fun, companionship, and love. But some extraordinary animals go above and beyond the bond between humans and pets. In honor of these four-legged phenomenons, here are a few of our favorite working animals:
Alyna, a rabbit who was born paralyzed, has brought inspiration to countless children at the ALYN Hospital in Jerusalem. Because her two hind legs are paralyzed, Alyna moves around with a special brace, custom fitted for a rabbit’s frame. Children who are also facing mobility challenges because of congenital obstacles, or trauma and injury, are helped along the rehab process by Alyna, who shows them the benefit of using a brace.
The amazing canine lifeguards from the Italian Coast Guard rescue approximately 3,000 people each year along the country’s coastline. Trained for this specialty through a three-year program at the Italian School of Canine Lifeguards, these fearless dogs jump from helicopters in order to pull swimmers to safety through rough currents.
Military working dogs have protected our nation’s armed forces since World War I. In the present day, these brave canines continue to act as a crucial part of military operations, from detecting explosives to protecting handlers. Once they are retired from service, the dogs go to loving forever homes, living with families chosen through a painstaking process.
Pictured: U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. James Rybacki and his military working dog Torca, both with the 78th Security Forces Squadron, take a break at Checkpoint 4, near Dabaray, Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Francisco V. Govea II)
All working animals deserve our recognition and praise, and we are proud to honor their incredible contributions to the lives of the humans they serve.
Do you know a service animal worthy of recognition? Share your stories below!
2 years ago
Skitters is not a certified service dog but they should just give her the vest and the certificate with out any training cause I am diabetic and she knows when my blood sugar is high and when it is low she gives me nudges and won't stop until I check it and take care of it. When she nudged me the first time it was unexpected it was at night about a year after I had became diabetic it was night time and I was trying to go to sleep when Skitters began nudging me so I tried letting her down off the bed for a drink of water and tried giving her some food and even a toy and a rawhyde but it didn't work so I tried to let her outside that didn't work either and I was feeling just fine then when I got back in bed Skitters was back on the bed too and she nudged my blood sugar machine so I checked my blood sugar it was very low like 44 so I had some glucose tablets which are sugar tablets and once it was back up I had a snack and when it got to a good number which is like 140 I tried to go to sleep this time Skitters allowed it. Shorty also seems to know when it is low or high so does Cricket my grandma's dog and Miss Kitty my grandma's cat Teddy also knew when she was around but there are 6 people in my family with type one diabetes I think so it is good that our animal friends are so smart.
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