She is a 5-year-old Lab and was one of the five dogs awarded by the American Kennel Club for Canine Excellence. The award honored her work as a human remains detector with her owner, Jim Houck.
Over 300 nominees were considered for the five Canine Excellence categories: uniformed service K-9, search and rescue dog, therapy dog, service dog, and exemplary companion.
Patella’s area of expertise is finding human remains in a disaster situation, according to Jim, who is also a firefighter.
Patella assisted with fires and many other local body recoveries during Colorado’s flooding despite being pregnant with a litter of pups.
She and Jim were the team responsible for finding the body of a missing person in the Lower North Fork Fire.
Source: The Coloradoan