Juneau search dog featured on greeting card

Posted: Thursday, July 18, 2002

JUNEAU (AP) -- As a puppy, Briz was rescued by construction workers from the woods near Angoon. As an adult, Briz is repaying the lifesaving favor by serving in search-and-rescue missions.

The unusual life story landed Briz, a female mix of herding breeds, a slot as one of 12 animals featured on a new line of greeting cards called ''Rescue Stories.''

''She has a very unique story that couldn't describe better how wonderful a rescue pet could be and the potential they do have,'' said Bryce Henderson, co-owner of Paws in Print, a new company in the Los Angeles area that manufactures the cards for profit. ''We use it as a 'Congratulations' card. She's sitting on top of a mountain, and the city and the mountains are behind her.''

Through the card line, Paws in Print hopes to bring attention to the plight of animals in shelters by showcasing stories of successful adoptions. Each card features a picture of the animal on the front and a short synopsis of its life on the back, told as if it were in the animal's voice.

The only member of a wild litter that construction workers near Angoon could catch, Briz was brought to the Gastineau Humane Society in Juneau.

Patty Crandell and Roxanne Dash adopted the dog when she was nine weeks old.

She was energetic and playful, and her owners decided to train her to be a search-and-rescue dog when she was about a year old. Briz now is a member of Southeast Alaska Dogs Organized for Ground Search.

Crandell and Dash found out about the greeting card opportunity online.

''I just sent them one picture and they said, 'That'll do,''' Crandell said. ''It's always good to have good PR for humane societies and rescue groups.''

Ten percent of the proceeds from Paws in Print cards is donated to help groups save animals that would otherwise be euthanized.

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