Sex: Female Weight: 26-50 lbs
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P, P Pod, Podder, Peedles, Pelepeapodder, Podling, Pod
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Children, Search and Rescue work, Doggie Social
Shots, being left in the K-9 van when the other dogs are training.
Tricky Treat Ball
Long Hunter State Park
Sit, down, stay, roll over
Sadly, Pele is no longer living with me. We were separated in a divorce. Pele is now living in NY with her dad. Pele (named after the Hawaiian goddess of fire) came to the vet clinic I work at in a box with 11 other siblings. We just couldn't choose! My husband picked Pele up and she wrapped her little arms around his neck and would not let go. She chose us!
Pele has severe hip dysplasia. She has undergone some surgery to ease her pain, but she will most likely need total hip replacement surgery at UT. Pele can not run and play like other dogs, but she still is an important member of the Nashville-based K-9 Search and Rescue team. She does not have to worry about her hips when she rides on the front of a boat and helps to locate people who have drowned. Pele helped locate three drowning victims in 2004.
Along with her job as a SAR dog, Pele also has gone to nursing homes as a therapy dog and has donated blood to save the lives of several dogs at the vet clinic I work at. When we have sick kittens or puppies at the clinic, Pele will lay with them and kiss them and try to make them feel better. She is always gentle and kind with any creature... except maybe squirrels. Her overall favorite thing to do is to go to work with her dad. Dad runs a before- and after school program for K-6. Pele loves the kids!
I smell dead people
The first time I saw Pele she was in a cardboard box containing 11 siblings. With 12 to choose from, I was having a hard time deciding. Bill, my ex-husband, picked up one puppy at a time. When he went to put Pele back in the box, she clung to his neck and wouldn't let go. She had picked us.
Pele's mom was a Catahoula Leopard Dog, which is the state dog of Louisianna. Her name was Fiona. Pele's dad was from a good neighborhood. We heard he resembled a German Shepherd mix, but who knows? She was a grey dog with black speckles all over resembling her mother.
P, as she came to be called, was one of the easiest puppies I have ever raised. She came to work with me daily at the vet clinic and would only fuss if she needed to potty. She housetrained quickly and was never destructive.
Pele was a joy to be around. Everyone who knew her loved her. On Friday nights we would take her to Friday Night Social at Dog Day Cafe. While all of the other dogs where running around playing, Pele would find the owners with dog treats and become their best friend for an hour. When we went on vacation, it was never hard finding someone to watch P. And when we asked our friends the serious question of, if something happened to us, would they take Pele, there was never any hesitation.
Pele's sweet and gentle nature was exhibited in many ways. When there was a small, sick baby creature at the vet clinic, Pele would come and let them lay by her side for warmth and comfort. She would gently lick them and watch over them.
When a dog came into the clinic that needed blood to survive, Pele would stand quietly as we drew blood from her jugular in her neck. Pele would always go to that animal and give it a lick on the nose. There are many pets alive today with P blood running through them.
Pele was an AKC Canine Good Citizen. She passed the test with flying colors. She sometimes used her good doggie status to go to nursing homes and visit bed-ridden people. She would lay her head gently on their lap and gaze up at them with her blue/brown eyes. Everyone loved to see the P Pod.
P was also a Search and Rescue Dog. She loved to work. Her specialty was drowning victims. We had to hold onto her tight as she would dive into the water if she got the scent. She loved doing live person wilderness work as well, but sadly, she had hip dysplasia that kept her nearly crippled. Pele had surgery to help aleviate the pain, but she still could not handle the long land searches.
She could always be counted on to great new foster dogs in a friendly manner. Many a dog that passed through our home on their way to a new one used Pele's calm nature as support.
Pele never barked. Pele never growled. She lived her life as a happy dog. She brought happiness to all that came into contact with her. She was the only thing I lost that I grieved for in our divorce. I thought of her all the time. She was Bill's dog from the very start, but I was always secretly hoping that something would happen to make him want to give her back to me.
Sadly, Pele died yesterday. She was turned out to potty and didn't come back. She had been hit by a truck and damaged too badly. Pele was put to sleep.
May we all experience a truly good dog at least once in our life.
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June 4th 2005 1:49 pm
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Boy, have I been busy lately! Last week I got to go to work. An 18-yr-old girl fell off of a boat and drowned. I got called in to look for her. I know that I smelled her in the water, and dad tried to tell the people where she was, but no one believed us. Friday they called us out again. I got to ride on the boat and look for her again. Once again, I told dad right where she was. They brought out something that dad called "sonar". I think they look underwater with it. Sure enough, I was right! I love working. It is so much fun riding on the boat with my ears flapping. Mom and dad were so proud of me. I was even on the news again. People are starting to know me and I hear "Hey P dog!", and "There's the P!" Some people like driving the boat now so they can watch me work. Maybe I should start a fan club!
I am resting today. Yesterday mom took me to work with her. I was having a lot of fun giving everyone kisses and hanging out. Then dad showed up and looked worried. Mom said that the doctor was going to do some surgery on me. My hips are really bad and hurt me all of the time. Mom said that this surgery would make me feel better. I don't know if I feel better or not right now. They gave me some great drugs and I am sleepy most of the time. Mom said I had to camp out at the clinic for a couple of days so I could rest. I sure am sleepy....
March 5th 2005 11:46 am
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Well, Dallas strikes again. She ate a bottle of aspirin, advil, and tylenol out of mom's search and rescue bag. Mom didn't know who did it so we all were made to vomit. Everyone is ok now, but I was not happy last night. I felt so bad! I may have to steal Dallas's crab for a while for this!
February 10th 2005 4:41 pm
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Mom took my sister and I to work with her yesterday at the vet clinic. I normally have a lot of fun there, but this time was different. She said that we were going to take a test at Dog Day Cafe where we do our SAR training. Well, I thought it was going to be a beauty contest the way she was acting. I got my toenails cut, a bath, and a brushing. I worked hard for that dirt!
Well, it ended up being a Canine Good Citizen test. Of course, I passed. Are you kidding? It was easy. Sit, stay, down, come... that is all puppy stuff. Give me something a little harder, like algebra.
Well, anyway, I guess I am a "good citizen" now. Hurray for me!
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