I sold Louie to Michele at around 8 months of age. She was looking for a good
competitive obedience Boxer, and I took an instant liking to her and her
family when they came to see him. Michele and her family really liked Louie and they took him home to PA.
Michele and I stayed in touch throughout the years and later she told me her interest had changed toward search
and rescue training. Michele worked extra hard to train Louie and was
determined to make him the best he could be as a team with her.
When the World trade Center was attacked Michele and Louie were put to the
test under the most trying conditions. Both Michele and Louie went in
where only the strong-hearted could bear to go. They worked as a team each
day finding important evidence, and earned the respect of all the other
workers, police officers and firemen.
The American Boxer Club, with much help from Bobbie Wagner presented a first time award ever given to a Search
and Rescue Boxer at the ABC National awards dinner to Michele and Louie for
their work at a time of a national disaster in New York City. They had a
slide presentation with a photo of Louie, and a moment of silence for the
victims at the World Trade Center. I was not able to attend, nor was
Michelle due to other prior commitments. I was told by many of my friends
who attended, "that there wasn't a dry eye in the room." I wish I could
have been there to join in this emotional presentation of a dog I am so proud
of whelping and breeding.
I am also very proud of Michele because she and Louie are some of the heroes that make a big difference in many peoples
lives for the work they do. The song "Hero" that you hear playing here and on his Cover Page is for
Michele and Louie for their unselfish devotion to helping others in times of disaster and need.