On the morning of July 15, 2012, the weather at SantAgostino Beach in Italy was clear and calmjust perfect for a swim. Shortly before noon, however, the wind picked up. Soon, it blew so hard that it pushed two swimmers dangerously far from shore. Fortunately, a lifeguard was on duty. She managed to swim out and help bring both swimmers back. Most of the time, such an event wouldnt make headlines. This time, however, it did. Thats because the lifeguard was a yellow Labrador retriever named Ariel! Ariel is just one of hundreds of dogs that patrol beaches to keep people safe. Whether diving into dangerous waves from the decks of rescue boats or jumping from helicopters hovering above the water, these brave canines are willing to risk their lives to make sure no one drowns. With real-life stories and full-color photos of these courageous canines on the job, this book is sure to appeal to dog lovers everywhere.
Lean about the similarities between radar technology and a bat's built-in echolocation system.
Learn about the similarities between cat eyes and reflectors.
On a crystal clear day, a large green parachute descends from the sky. As the chute gets closer to the ground, four furry legs come into view. The creature attached to the parachute is a dog! The canine has been trained by the military to skydive from planes flying high above Earth. Once on the ground, the dog uses its keen sense of smell to seek out hidden bombs and hunt down dangerous terrorists. In this book, young readers will meet a variety of amazing skydiving dogsfrom Austrian military dogs that plunge from a height of 10,000 feet (3,048 m) to dogs like Otis, a 12-year-old pug in California that likes to accompany his owner, Will DaSilvia, on skydiving expeditions. Packed with real-life stories and dramatic, full-color photos of these special animals, this book is sure to be a favorite of dog-lovers everywhere.
One morning in September 2011, a large crowd gathered at the shore in Huntington Beach, California. The people had come to watch dozens of surfers ride the rolling ocean waves. This wasnt just any surfing competition, howeverthe surfers were dogs! With more than a thousand fans cheering the competitors on, an English bulldog named Sir Hollywood rode a long wave and was declared one of the winners. Surf dog competitions are fairly new, but dogs have been riding surfboards with their owners for fun since the 1920s. In Surf Dog Miracles, kids will meet the talented dogs that learn to balance on a surfboard, recover if they almost fall off the board, and even surf backward. Some surf dogs raise money for charity, while others can help people with disabilities ride a wave. Packed with real-life stories and full-color photos of these special animals, this book is sure to be a favorite of dog-lovers everywhere. Surf Dog Miracles is part of Bearports Dog Heroes series.
On the morning of October 27, 2003, a police car skidded to a stop in front of Nancy Baars house in San Diego. "You have ten minutes to get out of here!" the officer shouted. A huge wildfire was burning out of control in the mountains near Nancys house and was quickly approaching her neighborhood. She had to leave quickly, but it wouldnt be easy. Nancys four-acre (1.6-hectare) property was home to dogs, a horse, a pig, and 71 birds! There was no way she could move all the animals to safety in time. Would anyone save the animals that were left behind? In Saving Animals from Fires, readers will meet the courageous workers who risk their lives to rush into houses, forests, and rivers to rescue animals from fire and ash. From saving pet birds in California to rescuing koalas in Australia, the inspiring and true stories from around the world will warm the heart of any animal lover.
On January 12, 2010, a massive earthquake rocked the island-nation of Haiti, destroying almost 300,000 homes and taking the lives of more than 200,000 people. Overshadowed by the terrible humanitarian crisis that followed was the fact that tens of thousands of helpless animals were left to fend for themselves amongst the rubble, many of them injured and without food. Would anyone rescue these animals after disaster struck? In Saving Animals After Earthquakes, kids will read the inspiring stories of organizations such as the Best Friends Animal Society, which deployed a rapid response team to Haiti to rescue and treat injured animals in the debris-clogged streets. Readers will also meet animals such as Bells and Deiter, two pet dogs that were pulled alive from the rubble in Haitiless than five years after they were rescued in New Orleans after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. The inspiring true stories in this book will capture the heart of any young animal lover.