Dogs with jobs are an integral part of society. Whether they are private service animals, police K-9s, or the iconic fire station Dalmatian, pups are an important part of the workforce.
Highly trained, these canines are disciplined and focused to the highest degree. Through meticulous drills and exercises, their instincts are honed to perform a specific purpose.
Dyno, a Border Collie in Worcestershire, England, is a search and rescue dog.
It was a long road for Dyno, whose future was in doubt very early in his life. At only 6 months old, the black and white patterned pup was abandoned on the street before being snatched up by a rescue organization.
“Rescue dogs sometimes have got that sort of stigma that they may have something wrong with them or they’re sort of unwanted second-hand goods,” Lousie Campbell, a member of the Dogs Trust rescue team in Shrewsbury, said to the BBC.
“He’s a prime example of the type of dogs that come into rescue for no fault of their own a lot of the time.”
Handsome, sweet, and smart, it didn’t take Dyno long to find his forever home. Matt Massey, a member of Severn Area Rescue Association (SARA), brought him home and started training him.
“It’s like winning the lottery really,” Massey said to the BBC. “You’ve got 100 percent confidence in them.”
Before long, Dyno went from being rescued to doing the rescuing.
Border Collies are athletic, lithe, and incredibly intelligent, making them a natural fit for tracking in densely-wooded areas. Working as a search and rescue dog enables Dyno to utilize all of his natural talents.
The 5-year-old Collie was accredited by the National Association of Security Dog Users, according to a Facebook post made by the SARA. This agency governs and trains dogs for the police and security services.
Watching Dyno ply his trade in a wooded field is truly a sight to behold. Picking up on scents and markers undetectable to human senses, he weaves through the dense bush towards his target.
“We’ve been out on 11 searches. Within those 11 searches we’ve found articles of clothing of those missing people that then have led to finding those missing people,” Massey said.
Dyno is a proof of the caliber of dogs available at animal rescue centers.
Dogs looking to be adopted from a rescue organization are often considered castoffs, but those in the know regard this as a common misconception.
For those looking to bring a loving pup into the family, Dyno is proof that animals from a rescue are often on par with all others.
“We would always urge people, you know, come to a rescue center and have a look, you just might be surprised,” Campbell said.