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A Rescue Dog Becomes the Rescuer



This morning, before tea, before putting on my glasses, I ran into a very heartwarming and emotional blog post about a shelter dog success story. Logan, the rescue dog mischief-maker, was quite talented at doing all those doggy things that can make a canine caretaker turn pale at just the mere thought.  Luckily, the staff and volunteers of the Michigan Humane Society saw the talents, skills and  genius that lay behind Logan’s hijinks.  Logan has gone from being a rescue dog to being in training as a rescue dog for FEMA. This post comes originally from the Michigan Humane Society, and was posted on Dakota’s Den. Thanks, Dakota, for permission to publish this happy-ending story in its entirety here!

Logan Goes From “Rescued” to “Rescuer”
Difficult-to-place dog ‘hired’ for search and rescue

Logan came to MHS as a problem child. He was sweet and loving, but he seemed too smart for his own good.

He liked to run – a lot.

In fact, he would run out of the door and through the neighborhood at every opportunity. It was too much for his family to handle, so having exhausted all other resources to help him, they decided to bring him to MHS.

Our staff quickly fell in love with Logan’s charismatic personality, but every chance he got, Logan would try to bolt.

He even got away from an experienced MHS volunteer and ran through the halls of the MHS Berman Center for Animal Care. He was a lot to handle, but the staff was determined to help this lovable dog.

In stepped MHS’ Pawsitive Start team. They work with many of the dogs in our care to help make them more adoptable and to keep their minds active and engaged while they await loving homes.

They quickly saw great potential in Logan.

He showed a natural instinct to search his surroundings and was eager to be taught new things.

He was a fast learner but would still be a big challenge to place in a traditional home because of his high energy and intelligence.

Logan needed a job to keep his active mind busy.

Working our connections with various search and rescue groups, we sent out a video of Logan to see if he may be a good fit for one of these organizations.

Shortly thereafter, Etta James of the New Mexico Task Force 1 Canine Unit responded with an interest in adopting Logan and training him as a search and rescue dog for FEMA.

Logan went from rescued to rescuer. 

His life was saved and now he will pay it forward and help save many lives.

Donations to the Michigan Humane Society support the care of animals like Logan.


Isn’t it beautiful when a dog’s true spirit is recognized and allowed to blossom?


Janet Roper

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  1. Ramblingwoods July 13, 2013 at 5:52 pm #

    Lovely story…. Michelle


    • Janet July 13, 2013 at 5:59 pm #

      It is, isn’t it Michelle. And such a welcome change from stories you usually hear about dogs such as Logan. Thx for stopping by!


  2. Caren Gittleman July 14, 2013 at 12:12 pm #

    thank you for showcasing this incredible story and for the shout out. I am glad to see Michigan Humane getting attention for the GOOD that they do! ((((hugs))))


    • Janet July 14, 2013 at 1:13 pm #

      And thank you Caren, for originally posting! This is a beautiful story just begging to be shared ;-)


  3. Jackie Bouchard July 17, 2013 at 3:56 pm #

    What a gorgeous dog and a great story!

    Thanks for stopping by Pooch Smooches!


    • Janet July 17, 2013 at 4:54 pm #

      I love how Logan’s trainers and handlers saw his potential and helped him work toward that! Thx for visiting and leaving your comment ;-)


  4. Marie September 5, 2013 at 10:13 am #

    Beautiful story and beautiful dog!


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