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Tazer, a 6-year-old British Labrador Retriever from Hayward, is committed to his owners Jack and Marlene Reeder.

On May 17, 2013 Marlene was awakened by a barking Tazer and discovered Jack was not in bed. Marlene found Jack in his favorite chair, unresponsive and soaking wet. When the ambulance arrived, Tazer would not let anyone near his owner, Marlene had to pull him away and put him in his kennel.

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Organized use of dogs for military purposes began before World War I, when dogs were used as messengers, sentry and patrol as well as for other tasks. During World War II, the

U.S. Military utilized dogs in both the Pacific and Europe. Military Working Dogs were used heavily in the Vietnam War and continue with important duties today, with emphasis on sentry/guard duty and anti-terrorist explosives detection.

In Iraq and Afghanistan, several hundred Military Working Dogs perform their duties in heat and sandstorms, just like their handlers and other soldiers. Heat exhaustion is a major concern and frequent breaks and ample water are needed to cope with it.

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Roxie, a 6-year-old Boxer, is a hero to all who know her. Roxie lives with her owner, Emily Quisling and Emily's roommate, Sharon in Chippewa Falls.

Sharon was diagnosed with ovarian cancer over two years ago and receives chemotherapy treatments. The night of August 30, 2011 was not an average night in the Quisiling home.

Roxie usually sleeps in the living room but that night she slept on the floor next to Sharon's bed. During the night, Sharon woke up to go to the bathroom and began to seizure. Roxie quickly ran to Sharon's side and then went to alert Emily.
"She was running between the two rooms snorting, jumping in the air, and making all sorts of commotion until Emily got up to find Sharon lying on the bathroom floor," explains Roxie's veterinarian, Dr. Kristy Langhoff, Chippewa Veterinary Clinic, Chippewa Falls.

Emily was able to stabilize Sharon's head until the seizures subsided.

Sharon's seizures were a result of the chemotherapy drugs, causing low magnesium in her body. Roxie seems to know at other times when Sharon is not feeling well. She will sniff her excessively and pay extra attention to her.

Without Roxie's attentiveness and action, it is unknown what the outcome of Sharon's seizure would have been.

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Don Miller of Grantsburg owes his life to his 11 year-old yellow Labrador, Buddy. As a sensitive-detection dog, also referred to as a "seizure dog," Buddy helps Don every day to avoid injury, or worse.

Buddy is specially trained to be able to detect a change in smell due to an altered chemical balance in Don, which occurs about ten minutes before a seizure. When he detects a change in smell, he alerts Don. In the eight years that Don and Buddy have been together, Buddy has made over 300 detections.

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Bud, a black Labrador Retriever, saved the life of his long-time friend and owner, Carol Heule of West Bend, during a horrific accident.

Cleaning her boat and preparing for winter storage, Carol fell onto her paved driveway on Oct. 7, 2008, breaking her neck on impact. Conscious, but unable to move, Carol knew she needed help quickly and said "Bud, you have to get me help."

Immediately Bud began howling and barking. Bud's consistent barks alerted Carol's neighbors who found Carol and called 911. She was transported to St. Joseph's Hospital in West Bend and then via Flight for Life to Froedert Hospital in Milwaukee.

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