Written by Staff Writer at CNN
Harith delivered a first aid demonstration at a festival on race relations last year, and two weeks later, he got a phone call telling him his employer was looking for a double dog groomer, so they could operate twice daily at a hotel in Colorado Springs.
Last December, the hotel hired him to open the dog washing and grooming rooms, a first for the area. Harith has helped with CPR training and become a lifesaver.
He isn’t the only dog to be hired to save lives. In September 2017, a Norfolk, Virginia-based preschool hired trained German shepherds named Cooper and Max to handle distractions during an emergency. When mom collapsed during a baby-changing routine, the dogs immediately started helping. The adorable moment was caught on camera.
Using a trained dog to respond to emergencies is far from a new concept. It’s been practiced for thousands of years. The ancient Egyptians made messengers of all kinds with dogs, and in ancient Greece and Rome, dogs were used as means of delivering messages and to provide service.