Little Man — Search and Rescue

Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

He is also known as “Tornado” and with good reason.

Five days after an EF5 tornado blew a path of destruction through Moore, OK, on May 20, 2013, a little pit bull puppy was found in the rubble. It was a miracle he survived.

Clearly, Little Man was meant to do big things. He was energetic, driven and oh so smart. Molly Gibb, a professional search and rescue volunteer, had been working with Animal Control and American Humane Assoc. Red Star® volunteers in the animal response efforts at the time. When he went unclaimed she adopted him and their journey began.

Today he is a mature Area and Article Search dog. With his athleticism, curiosity, problem-solving capacity and work ethic he is solid in many types of conditions. His love of people a strong motivator. On searches in rugged areas out of state these qualities serve them well. Once on the way to a search segment he went off route into an unassigned area with such a change in behavior that Gibb read him to be on scent. Together with the group’s other dog, Poppy, they made a find. “He’s great to read in the field; happy, clear”. When he works as a helper dog for adjudicated and shelter dogs in need, a demo dog for Oklahoma Animal Control Assoc. classes on dog evals or participating in youth programs to learn about wilderness safety and disaster preparedness, he’s HAPPY. His mission is to pay it forward with integrity to those in need, be they people or other dogs. It’s about second chances, love and public service.

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