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September 25, 2013

Dog who helped search for tornado victims honored

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EDMOND, Okla. —

JaNell met Bond through her aunt, who shows and raises soft-coated wheaten terriers. Bond was an unruly 8-week-old puppy. 

"People have always said he and I have an unusual bond," Mayberry said.

In addition to search and rescue, Bond learned K-9 skills that allow him to sniff out drugs and locate offenders on the run. He also works as a therapy dog at hospitals and retirement communities.

Bond will travel to Pennsylvania next week to receive the Wheaten Ambassador Award from a national breeding club, in recognition for his contributions to the breed.

Mayberry said the award means a lot to her as Bond's owner and handler. 

"It just tells you how unique this dog is," she said. "It means the world to me."

Mark Schlachtenhaufe writes for the Edmond (Okla.) Sun.

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