Jake, a black lab who was adopted off the streets and turned into a search and rescue puppy, died of cancer. After 9/11 and Katrina, he searched through rubble to find survivors.
Flood adopted Jake as a 10-month-old puppy. He had been abandoned on a street with a broken leg and a dislocated hip. “But against all odds he became a world-class rescue dog,” said Flood, a member of Utah Task Force 1, a federal search-and-rescue team that looked for human remains at ground zero.
On the evening of the team’s arrival in New York, Jake walked into a fancy Manhattan restaurant wearing his search-and-rescue vest and was treated to a free steak dinner under a table.
Jake also trained other dogs and did therapy work in Utah, with burn victims and senior citizens.