Local dog honored for work in Moore tornado

Janell Mayberry and her dog, Bond, traveled from their home in Jones, Oklahoma, to Pennsylvania to receive the Wheaten Ambassador of the Year award from the Montgomery Kennel Club.
by Matt Patterson Published: October 6, 2013
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Janell Mayberry's dog isn't a secret agent with a license to kill, but the 6-year-old Wheaten Terrier is named after one and has a skill set most dogs don't have.

Mayberry and her dog, Bond, recently were recognized by the city of Moore for their efforts in search and rescue in the aftermath of the May 20 tornado in Moore. On Friday, the pair traveled to Pennsylvania to be recognized by the Montgomery Kennel Club as the Wheaten Ambassador of the Year.

“They give it to one dog a year and they have to do some pretty spectacular things,” Mayberry said.

Bond and Mayberry, of Jones, were among the first rescue dogs on the scene. They first searched a demolished 7-Eleven and then went to Plaza Towers Elementary School. Bond's feet were cut up in the process, but the dog never let on they were bothering him. The pair located victims at Plaza Towers, and the day was painful in more ways than one.

“He had so many cuts from the debris and two nail punctures in one of his paws but he wasn't limping,” she said. “He has a high pain tolerance but it was a tough and emotional day for both of us.”

Bond has been trained as a tracking dog and in drug interdiction but had been retired at the time of the Moore tornado. He's also a certified therapy dog.

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by Matt Patterson
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Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun....
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