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« on: May 15, 2010, 04:54:43 PM »

Pearl was a homeless dog living in an animal shelter after running away many times, before she found her calling. Earlier this year, the rescue dog helped find survivors under the rubble after the earthquake in Haiti.

Now, the 3-year-old black Labrador retriever is the subject of a children's book created by Alamo students to raise money for another dog to be trained like her. The book, "A New Job for Pearl" is also the third and final such book by classroom volunteer Allyn Lee and Rancho Romero Elementary second-grade teacher Connie Forslind, who is retiring after almost 40 years with the district.

"I thought it was really cool," said Ron Horteski, Pearl's handler and a captain with the Los Angeles County Fire Department. "The kids did an awesome job."

Pearl is one of six search-and-rescue dogs on the California Task Force 2 urban search and rescue team. Horteski, who said such dogs do the job until they are 9 to 11 years old, said Pearl and the other dogs worked in Haiti, marking where there were signs of life under collapsed buildings so others could get them out.

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