What is it about dogs, exactly, that keeps us enamored and enchanted?
Running right across our hearts with their tiny paw prints, dogs are our closest confidante and best friends! These amazing animals, almost divine, have taken upon themselves to not only make us happy but also help and heal us in any way they can.
How ‘dogs with jobs’ are helping humans?
Dogs are the best in the world at what they do. Here are a few dogs with jobs who may make us reconsider our career priorities and inspire us to do something more meaningful!
1. Service dogs — Trained with skills that can save lives. The dogs who pass the training program are matched with humans in need of mobility assistance, seizure alerts, autism assistance, and hearing and guide help.
2. Therapy dogs — Like Service dogs, therapy dogs also go through training, but they usually work on a volunteer basis to provide comfort and companionship for those in need — especially those suffering from a post-traumatic stress disorder.
3. Search and rescue — Dogs see the world through smells, a sense so evolved that they use it to save lives. Police and rescue teams across the world depend heavily on dog’s innate ability for the smell to drive search and rescue operations.
Trakr, the Canadian police dog, was credited with locating the last survivor found beneath the 9/11 rubble.
He worked relentlessly searching for survivors the entire time, before collapsing from smoke inhalation, exhaustion, and burns and was treated for his injuries before returning to Canada.
4. Politicians, yes, seriously! Not all politicians are corrupt. Some are dogs.
5. Helping keep the planet green!
Tubby, said to be the world’s greenest dog, after entering into the Guinness Book of Records for sniffing out 26,000 plastic bottles and carrying them for recycling.
6. Airport’s K-9 wildlife control officer. Piper, Michigan’s famous airport dog served for over three years scaring more than 8000 birds off the runway and thus saving fatal flight collisions with birds and other wildlife.
In July 2018, Colombia’s top sniffer dog Sombra (Shadow) was moved to ensure her safety after a drug gang put a price on her head. She found almost 10 tonnes of the gang’s cocaine and helped bring about the arrest of 245 suspects!
7. Firefighter dog — Jake, the pit bull, was abandoned in a house fire. Now he works with firefighters.
In his free time, he also collects donations for Carolina Children’s Charity.
Such a good boy!
9. Diabetic alert dogs — When blood sugar levels change, the human body releases chemicals that dogs can smell. Diabetic-alert dogs are trained to smell when their partner’s blood sugar level is dangerously off and to let them know that action is needed to get those levels back in the safe zone.
Similarly, allergy detection dogs can be trained to sniff out allergens to their humans like peanuts, milk, soy, latex, or other substances.
10. Medical aid dogs — Long before dogs took on the fight against the terrorists, they searched battlefields for wounded soldiers delivering medical supplies.
Play or work, no man or machine, can quite frankly, outrun dogs for what they bring to the table. Try topping that on your LinkedIn profile!