Cassius is an 8 year old German shepherd with a serious goal in mind. He renders his services in rescue missions. His owner is Peter Taft, a New York photographer. He is also a paramedic. His brief story entitled, In a Disaster Zone, He’s Top Dog written by Jennifer Wren can be seen in People Magazine.
Within a few days after the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina, Cassius was on the ground doing what he does best. He was able to rescue a man that had been buried for more than eight days. Francisco Bermudez said this, “It was a miracle. Nobody would have known he was there. Cassius is amazing”.
Cassius was also available for service at Hurricane Ivan and the earthquake in Haiti. He has the distinction of having served more than 1000 hours in the field.
This past September Cassius became the recipient of an American Kennel Club Humane Fund Award for Canine Excellence.
Peter Taft made a wise investment when he adopted Cassius in 2002 from a K-9 training school.
What a great service Cassius and his owner are providing for the countless number of people affected by tragedy in their rescue attempts.
So on behalf of people all over, thank you Cassius for a job well done.
People Magazine, November 15, 2010, page 82