A dog has been found alive after two days. He was feared dead after a gas explosion flattened two homes on Wednesday, leaving 10 people injured. A man in his 70s and a woman in her 50s were badly burnt in the fire that followed the initial blast, but both are now in a stable condition. However, a four-year-old border collie called Cayyad had been feared dead beneath the rubble left by the explosion.
But two days afterward, a Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue team searched the rubble with their black Labrador search and rescue dog called Reqs. Another dog began barking from under the debris. The furry bundle must have picked up the scent of the rescue dog. The team found Cayyad in a sorry state, although the dog began licking the rescuers joyfully. They took Cayyad to a veterinary surgeon for assessment.
Search and Rescue Dog Association (England) says all of their training is undertaken with praise and rewards for the dog. Some are happy to work for their squeaky toy while others prefer food.
The dog is one of mankind's earliest companion animals. I remember every wonderful dog I have lived with. I'll bet you have happy memories of dogs too. They're intelligent, yet they adopt us as part of their family. They can adjust to fulfill any role their human friends require. There must be a place in heaven for good dogs.