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The Story of Zara

In 2009 Zara was found wandering on the streets of Auckland and was skin and bone. She was covered in sores and wounds and although was only about 8 months old when found, had already had a litter of puppies. Her coat was a dry brittle brown colour and She was taken to the Auckland SPCA where we went on the lookout for a potential working dog. I walked past the cage she was in and slipped her a biscuit. For the next 30 minutes as we looked at the other rehome dogs - this little dog didn't leave the front of the cage and her eyes never left us for a second. Eventually we took her out to assess her abilities. Despite never having a scrap of training she was willing to do anything we asked of her. Zara was adopted by our company and put into training as a working drug dog - she has never looked back. Now she has a gleaming coat, rippling muscles and is the happiest smartest little dog we could wish for. She loves her work and when not working spends her time getting fit on bush runs and swimming at the beach with our other rescue dogs. Our company NZ Detector Dogs has a proud history of only using 'death row' rescue dogs and training them to an International Standard for Detection Dogs. There is nothing more satisfying than seeing a young dog blossom into a successful working dog. We take pride in what our dogs have overcome to achieve their success and will continue to urge other organisations to take on this challenge! Go to our website or check out our facebook to see other stories on our rescue dogs: