( we go to dog school with both of them, Surge was in my class for a while and her Mom and my Mum are both puppy trainers! )
Surge was among the top 20 selected in the nationwide 2009 AKC Canine Partners photo contest. Deb submitted Surge's picture, along with Surge's story. Deb's submission to AKC included the following:
"Plucked from Hurricane Katrina’s floodwaters, timid, little Surge entered my life and has enriched it in unexpected ways. Obedience training at the Orlando Dog Training Club gave her confidence. Her mild manner and unconditional love for people made her a natural for therapy work. Registered with Therapy Dogs Inc., Surge and I regularly visit the Orlando VA Community Living Center, where veterans engage the attentive pooch with tales about their years in the military and other things on their minds. A former castaway, Surge overcame her insecurities and routinely connects with people less fortunate."
Surge's story appears on the AKC Canine Partners webpage.