The Incredible Story of Odin the Dog


Today I want to share an incredible story. As you’ve probably heard, there have been terrible wild fires in California. Odin is one of two great Pyrenees who take turns guarding his family’s eight goats from coyotes & mountain lions. He was on duty the night the fires swept across where he lives.

What began as a calm evening quickly turned into a nightmare. Odin’s family had very little time to make their escape & in the chaos there was no time to round up Odin & the goats. Odin’s owner, Roland Handel & his family were heartbroken. They feared that Odin & the goats perished in the fire…but this story has a happy ending.

The Handel family returned the next day, circumventing roadblocks to get there. They arrived & discovered that their home & everything else on their property was completely destroyed.  It was like a moonscape.

But Odin was there, waiting for them — with all eight goats & some wild deer. Odin’s paw pads were burnt & his bright white fur had been singed orange. He was limping & was lying down a lot, clearly exhausted. Also his eyes were irritated from the smoke. But he survived.

Mr. Handel believes that Odin bravely led the other animals to a clearing at the center of a high outcropping of rocks to avoid the flames & continued to watch over them until his family returned.

Odin has had a full check-up & is doing well. He’s in good spirits & hasn’t shown signs of being traumatized at all. He’ll make a full recovery & will be going back to be with his goats.

What a brave, devoted, very good dog.

CEO Olivia

p.s. If you’d like to help, the Handels are now raising money on YouCaring to rebuild their barn & water supply before winter.


Caber the Trauma Dog Goes to Vegas


Hello everyone. CEO Olivia here. It’s been two weeks since 58 people were killed in the Las Vegas shooting, an incident that left many traumatized & frightened.

But victims & their loved ones had some respite this week in the form of Caber, a yellow lab from British Columbia, Canada who works as a trauma dog. Caber flew down to Las Vegas to visit people in a family assistance center, & in area hospitals.

Caber & his handler Kim Gramlich were invited to Las Vegas by the Courthouse Dogs Foundation as part of a team. Caber is a very calm, loving dog & helps victims by allowing them to pet & play with him.

While in Las Vegas, he spent time at a center where family members gathered to obtain information about the shooting, & where they helped to identify people who might have been killed. Caber also went to health care facilities where people were all too happy to see him.

Caber has plenty of experience helping people who have been through traumatic events. Seven years ago, his calm demeanor helped him to become Canada’s first trauma dog, working with victims’ services at the Delta Police Department (DPD).

In Fort McMurray, he provided comfort & support to people who lost their homes in the 2016 wildfire. He has also helped witnesses through difficult court testimony.

“I had other responders comment to me on their observations with Caber with victims, and what they were saying was things like, the person wouldn’t talk about how they were feeling until they had a few minutes with Caber,” Gramlich said.

At nine years old, Caber has been doing this work for a long time. But he’s not planning to slow down any time soon. Kim Gramlich says as long as Caber remains in good health & is keen on working, he’ll do so, providing comfort to those who have been through a traumatic event.

What a good dog.

CEO Olivia