Service Dogs Come to Gladesville No, we were not being burnt down, robbed nor under attack from a foreign country but on Sunday 30 January we had representatives from the Fire Brigade, Police, Air Force, Corrective Services and Customs all arrive for a day at the Gladesville Vet Hospital.
Many were in uniform and armed and were accompanied by their working dogs.We had quite a few questions on the day from our regular clients as to what was going on. Well there was no catastrophe but Max was hosting an old vet friend from Chicago, Bob Badertscher. Before his arrival, Bob had volunteered to speak to these groups on his years of experiences of working with military dogs and police dogs in the USA.
Bob is a specialist veterinary radiologist whose son is the head of the Chicago police dog squad. Max organised contact with the Service Dog Association of Australia and they were keen to have representatives attend the sessions Bob presented in our seminar room at the hospital.
In the morning session Bob spoke on his research into what is known of the sense of smell of the dog and how to best utilise it in dogs to be trained as sniffer dogs.According to Bob’s calculations dogs have a sense of smell 500,000 times more sensitive that that of humans. In the afternoon Bob presented material on the many health problems he has encountered in his work with service dogs over the last 35 to 40 years.
We had service dog people attend from as far a field as Williamstown and Melbourne and the group employed a video cameraman to record the talks for later distribution to service dog people nationally. Staff members Jane and Gayl attended all the sessions and provided the catering for the event.
Thanks for your tremendous efforts.The very appreciative and attentive audience were hard to get rid of as questions seemed never ending but we did get Bob out of the place in time to watch the Australian Open Tennis final that night.Bob did not as ask for a fee for his contribution and Gladesville Vet Hospital provided the venue and lecture notes as a community service to the service dogs and their handlers.