Department of Defense’s lone search and rescue dog calls Louisville home

Department of Defense’s rescue dog calls Louisville home

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - There's only one search and rescue dog in the entire U.S. Department of Defense, and she lives in in Louisville.

The Kentucky Air National Guard got the idea after seeing the devastation caused by the earthquake in Haiti a few years back.

The Kentucky Air National Guard got the idea for Callie after seeing the devastation caused by the earthquake in Haiti a few years back.
The Kentucky Air National Guard got the idea for Callie after seeing the devastation caused by the earthquake in Haiti a few years back. (Source: Sean Baute, WAVE 3 News)

Whether she's on a rescue mission searching through rubble, jumping out of a plane, or posing for the cameras, Callie the search and rescue canine is one of a kind.

Inspiration to train a search and rescue dog came from the destruction following that earthquake in Haiti when another agency’s dog was able to secure an area where a school had collapsed.

Master Sergeant Rudy Parsons is Callie's handler.
Master Sergeant Rudy Parsons is Callie's handler. (Source: Sean Baute, WAVE 3 News)

Callie lives at home with her handler, Master Sergeant Rudy Parsons.

“It’s a pretty extreme relationship because we’re together all the time,” said Parsons. “She tells me what she’s feeling, how her day was. She’s a very vocal dog.”

Callie’s agility and heightened sense of smell allow her to get to places people can’t go, and sense things people can’t see.

“She’s also self-sustaining,” added Parsons. “She carries herself, so we can take Callie out with us. She provides us the ability to locate the individuals, and then at that point we can make smart decisions on what equipment we need to actually get to that person.”

Callie became FEMA certified a few months ago, and is now ready to lend a helping “paw” in case of emergency.

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