To celebrate Labor Day, here’ a tribute post to all the awesome working Labradors – past and present.
Labradors are versatile dogs. They’re fit to be guide dogs, police dogs, military dogs, and service dogs! Their amazing skills and temperament makes them one of the most-employed dog breeds.
Here are some amazing working Labradors who deserve all the recognition they can get!
Jake was an abandoned puppy found with a broken leg and dislocated hip. From being an unwanted dog, this black Labrador emerged a hero after burrowing through “white-hot, smoking debris” in 2001 during 9/11 in search of survivors at the World Trade Center.
His heroism did not end there. Jake also helped search for Hurricane Katrina victims in 2005. A member of the 9/11 Federal search and rescue teams called this outstanding dog “a world class rescue dog”.
This Labrador lived a long purposeful life. Jake died of cancer at age 12 in July 2007.
Sadie was a female black Labrador from the United Kingdom who received the Dickin Medal on February 6, 2007 after alerting her handler, Lance Corporal Karen Yardly, about a hidden bomb during her deployment in Afghanistan.
This hero Labrador is credited with saving the lives of over a hundred soldiers who were on-site that day.
Lucky and Flo
Who would have thought that dogs can sniff out piracy? Lucky and Flo were counterfeit detection black Labrador dogs who rose to fame in 2007. The twin Labs sniffed out nearly 2 million pirated counterfeit DVDs for the Motion Picture Association of America while on a 6-month deployment to Malaysia in 2007. They became the first dogs to be awarded Malaysia’s “outstanding service award” for their great work.
Later on, the two awesome Labs accomplished something similar in several stores in New York.
Zanjeer was a Labrador police dog from India. During his time, he detected bombs, grenades, and detonators after the 1993 bombings. In one incident, this yellow Labrador sniffed out more than 3,000 kilograms of explosives along with some ammunition.
Zanjeer helped save countless lives throughout his life. He lived to be 8 years of age and died on November 16, 2000.