Part 3 of a 3-part series wherein German vet and dog trainer, Daniela Neika, describes the challenges SARDOGS Nepal faces in keeping their dogs healthy. She cofounded the organization which she describes in Part 1 of this series. Many of the puppies born to the SAR dogs die of infection in puppyhood. Those who survive into adulthood, often face health challenges during search missions in extreme terrain, weather conditions and high altitude. Their dog handlers face the same challenges alongside them. In Part 3, Daniela also tells the story of one dog who went blind, but whose sight was restored.
German vet Daniela Neika tells the story of how she had to adapt to extreme challenges in the medical care of the SAR dogs in her care in Nepal. The learning curve and the losses have been high, but she and her team of dog handlers are able to treat and save many more dogs now.
I am SARdog trainer, examiner and doghandler for 27 years and live in Germany. My profession is veterinarian for small animals. My former SAR unit was involved in international Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) missions after earthquakes. In 1999, we faced two heavy earthquakes in Turkey. For the second one, I was choosen as doghandler with my famous dog Amigo, and as team leader. We were fast on the spot, but we still came too late. Amigo only found dead bodies.