NANJING, Aug. 31 (Xinhua) — Ouyang Honghong, a hearth division canine handler in Nanjing, east China’s Jiangsu Province, walks his 14-year-old sniffer canine named Bingjie on the hill on the again of the fireplace station the place he works.
Bingjie, a black-and-white English Springer Spaniel, is in its dotage, equal to roughly 100 years in people, since most canine enter their senior years at round seven years previous.
The canine is deemed a hero because it as soon as helped save 13 lives from rubbles of the lethal magnitude 8.0 earthquake that hit Wenchuan County of southwest China’s Sichuan Province in 2008. Although Bingjie can not take part in rescue operations with Ouyang, its eyes are at all times on him whereas the coach trains different younger search and rescue canine.
Bingjie’s coaching and missions from the early years have left many strains and accidents on its physique. The previous canine has additionally been troubled with continual ailments and a decline in cardio-pulmonary operate.
“It has poor listening to means and continual arthritis in hind legs. It even has issue chewing meals. We’ve to soak its meals in milk or soup to make it simple to digest,” stated Ouyang.
Bingjie was paired up with Ouyang in 2007 throughout a canine coaching course. The duo has participated in quite a few rescue missions throughout pure disasters similar to earthquakes, tornadoes and snowstorms.
“Regardless of how harmful or troublesome the mission was, Bingjie by no means held again,” stated Ouyang.
Though Bingjie now walks with a stagger, its eyes nonetheless shine with enthusiasm.
“Its persistence and keenness for work actually impress me,” stated Ouyang, including that Bingjie didn’t cease looking out till it discovered indicators of life throughout the Wenchuan rescue mission.
Owing to its breed, Bingjie is small, versatile, has an acute sense of scent, and is straightforward to coach, making search-and-rescue its forte.
“Once we reached a neighborhood kindergarten, Bingjie promptly rushed to the ruins and began barking at a crevice,” stated Ouyang. “Then we adopted Bingjie to the crevice and heard a baby’s faint cry for assist.”
With the assistance of a hydraulic ejector rod and life detector, rescuers efficiently pulled a six-year-old woman out of the ruins. Bingjie continued to smell over the remainder of the ruins, trying to find extra lives.
Nonetheless licensed as a service canine on the hearth service division in Nanjing, Bingjie seldom joins coaching attributable to its age and well being circumstances. Taking a stroll with Ouyang and sunbathing are a part of its every day routine. “We simply need to supply Bingjie an excellent dwelling surroundings so it might probably take pleasure in the remainder of its life,” stated Ouyang.
Regardless of the age, Bingjie’s abilities proceed to be energetic due to the early coaching. A single command from its teacher could make it alert from the state of leisure. It will possibly nonetheless discover a hidden goal in a field inside two minutes.
“I’ve spent extra time with Bingjie than with my households. For me, it’s each my brother-in-arms and my household,” Ouyang stated. “Generally, it acts like a naughty baby inviting me to play a ball, however retains the ball in its mouth on objective.”
“I simply need to spend time with it on a regular basis, whereas it’s alive,” stated Ouyang.