Hannah came to me when she was about 5-6 weeks old and had evidently been dumped off at our house. Hannah became such a part of me and we were so very close. However, Hannah and I were to get even closer. When Hannah was four years old I started training her in search and rescue. Hannah bcame my working partner and we became even closer. Hannah and I basically had two relationships: one was my pet and the other as my working partner.|
Hannah went on to receive a letter of operation and a certifictaion in trailing, which is a "live find" discipline to find missing/lost people. She also went on to receive two certifications in human remains detection/land and one in human remains detection/water.
One of Hannah's first searches was for three boys, ages 8, 9, and 18, as well as their lab puppy. The boys were lost in an old mine shaft in Arkansas. Search began at 8:30 that morning and the boys and their puppy were rescued at 10:30 that night, all alive and well.
Another one of her searches was for the father of one of the Arkansas sheriff's. The father had drowned in a river and Hannah was able to locate the vicinity of where the sheriff's father was and the body was recovered. At a later time the sheriff had said that Hannah was one of the best in the state; he then went on to say that, "No, in his book, Hannah was the only dog in the state". At that time, Hannah was the only certified water human remains detection dog in the state.
Just to give an idea of how Hannah was thought about in Arkansas, a week after her death a memorial service was held for her. The only statewide newspaper and one of the local TV stations was present at her service. The newspaper did a very nice article on her and the news station aired the story as well. Hannah also received a letter from the Governor's office, the Attorney General's office, numerous county sheriff's departments and county judges.
Hannah was not only my heart and soul and meant the world to me but she meant a lot to numerous people around the state of Arkansas, Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, and Texas. My girl had worked hard and made a name for herself to those that had to call upon her services as a search and rescue K-9 partner. She will be sorely missed and never forgotten.