Photo by Green Dogs -- A group from Working Dogs for Conservation.Wicket had been in the shelter for six months. She was the sort of intense, high-energy dog that rescuers despair of placing in a home. So when Aimee Hurt expressed interest in the year-old Lab-Shepherd mix, she says even the staff members were surprised: "They were like, that one? That one is crazy."
Hurt, who had taken Wicket outside and seen her ignore everything around her in obsessive pursuit of a ball, agreed. "But she might be the right kind of crazy," she said.
Wicket indeed turned out to be exactly the right dog for the job at Working Dogs for Conservation, a Montana-based nonprofit that helps with wildlife and conservation research.
"From Day 1, she was really tuned in and waiting for a command. She was really people focused," Hurt says. "She had a lot to prove with me because she was my second working dog, and I loved my first one. She was just different - in all the perfect ways, as itRead More »from How Dogs' Sniffers Are Saving Species