K9 Comfort in the Mudslide Tragedy

Posted on: April 9, 2014

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The Extra Mile K9 Crisis Team joined with Green Cross Academy of Traumatology and Hope Crisis K9’s to provide support and comfort to those devastated by the mudslide in Oso/Darrington cities of Washington. The team brought K9 Georgie from Oceanside CA, K9 Suzie from Prescott AZ and K9 Maxx from Shoreline WA. We spent time at the EOC center which was truly a very organized approach to the crisis.  SnoPac911 Emergency Center was an important place often missed when dealing with disaster and our team was well accepted among the dispatchers. The team visited Oso and Darrington Fire Stations, and also the mudslide area. While there we there we heard the sound of a horn blast meaning another person was found. It was a bitter sweet moment. K9 Georgie spent lunch with the workers coming in from the mudslide area and had a chance to show her unconditional love at just the right moment.

K9 Suzie remained at the Fire station creating bridges for  many community members  coming in for information. Alan and Jen had a chance to pray with numerous folks while there.

Darrington, a beautiful small town with snow packed mountains surrounding it, now stands isolated because of the mudslide. It took two hours to get there, and we spent the day in the community walking and talking among the people, letting the dogs be the bridge to help renew faith and restore hope. We went to the community center attending the evening town hall meeting. The names of the missing where read.