I am in South Dakota today. I started out from Boston this morning at 7:50am EST. I got to Sioux Falls, SD at 2:00pm CST. I got to the airport early enough where I got on a standby flight to Chicago. It is a good thing too because if I ended up on the flight I was scheduled for I would have been too late for my connecting flight.

While I was waiting for the flight to Chicago I noticed a young woman in a FEMA jumpsuit with a Beautiful Black German Shepard named Taboo. I didn’t get a chance to talk to her and I should have tried but it didn’t work out. I wanted to chat with her and meet Taboo because rescue dogs fascinate me since I read the Iris Johansen Books (Specifically The Search and The Killing Game) and Virginia Lanier Books. It was fascinating to see Taboo interact with the people in the airport. He was too, especially with two twin Japanese boys. I was so interested in finding out more about the team that I googled FEMA and Taboo and lo and behold I found the INDIANA TASK FORCE 1 CANINE URBAN RESPONSE TEAM Did you know that you can help the search and rescue teams with donations of frequent flyer miles and hotel points. The dogs and trainers need to go and be tested and sometimes they need to fly to get to their locations. If you would like to help them out please go to the INDIANA TASK FORCE 1 CANINE URBAN RESPONSE TEAM or another search and rescue unit in your area. The FEMA website only features New York search and rescue dogs. Good luck to Jen and Taboo on their search and rescue mission. They are most likely headed down to help with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Katrina may or may not have an affect on my travel this week. We shall see.

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