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Jed Boal ReportingMost service dogs play an important role in our community. Search and rescue dogs often answer the call when people are desperate to find loved ones. But one is now struggling after a distinguished K-9 career.
Nancy Hachmeister and her German Shepard, Ivey, have been an inseparable search team for nearly a decade. They've hunted for dozens of lost hikers and skiers, but today they're searching for a cure for Ivey's cancer.
During the past nine years Ivey has been one hard-working German Shepard. Hachmeister says the dog lives to work and to please her. Hachmeister also calls Ivey the best tracker she's ever had in a career that spans 23 years. But bone cancer forced Ivey to retire recently.
Nancy Hachmeister, Rocky Mountain Rescue Dogs: “When you work with animals like we do, you get more in tune to the animal itself. It’s a very strong, strong bound.”
Hachmeister calls Ivey the best tracker she's ever had. Tonight on Eyewitness News at Ten, you'll learn how Ivey has found people in extremely dangerous circumstances, and about how she helped out at the World Trade Center after 9-11.