Canine Heroes

We are so grateful for our faithful service dogs in the police force, military, fire, and rescue. Let us honor our canine heroes.

Yoda detained a fugitive, ending the nearly two-week-long search.

Photo by the Associate Press

Dogs make great companions but have also demonstrated bravery, loyalty, and determination in their roles of police work, war, and rescue. Recently, a 4-year-old Belgian Malinois named Yoda played a pivotal role in capturing an escaped prisoner.

PCL would like to celebrate the heroic dogs who have accomplished amazing feats.


Briggs and his companion Lulu, a Belgian Malinois, race down the Pacific Coast in time to catch their best friend’s and handler’s funeral. One has a week to live; the other lives like every day is his last.

Whats a dog for? The surprising history, science, philosophy, and politics of man’s best friend.

“In his first book (inspired by his faithful canine companion, Stella), longtime New York magazine executive editor Homans examines the humble domestic dog. Taking us on a trip that ranges thousands of years into the past and across the globe, we examine how we shaped dogs and dogs shaped us. The competing models of how the partnership between humans and dogs was forged are presented. We speculate on what exactly, if anything, is going on behind the friendly eyes of a dog. Homans ponders whether canines are as cognitively simple as Thorndike claimed or whether Darwin’s naïve anthropomorphism is closer to the mark.” (Publisher’s Weekly, 2013)

Hero dogs: how a pack of rescues, rejects, and strays became America’s greatest disaster-search partners

“Melville is a canine search-and-rescue handler who was inspired to launch the National Disaster Search Dog Foundation (SDF). After volunteering to help look for Oklahoma City bombing survivors in 1995, she shares the struggles of establishing and maintaining the organization. She details the rigorous work of preparing the dogs and their handlers. Melville skillfully recounts how the dogs assisted the nail-biting search for survivors in lower Manhattan’s vast wreckage during 9/11. That experience, for both animals and handlers, became crucial when Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005 and an earthquake leveled Haiti in 2010. It is a harrowing, often heartbreaking, yet inspirational tale. Melville eloquently explores the small victories and wrenching losses of the dogs’ much-needed work.” (Publisher’s Weekly, 2018)

Senior Book Club

2024 Reading List Senior Book Club meets at 3pm on the second Tuesday of the month at Luther Crest in Allentown. All are welcome. Non-residents may participate with their own copy of the book. Drop-in Event *The reading list is subject to change. PCL Event Calendar January When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi, 2016…

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