The Pine Creek K9 Search Unit welcomed its newest member– bloodhound puppy Mookie Shu.
Mookie Shu had her first day of training at DuBois City Park on Saturday.
“I think she was a little bit scared, but we’ll spend some time with her and get her to where we want her,” Mookie Shu’s owner and handler Crissy Hickman said.
“I was really excited when I got her the first day,” Crissy’s daughter Jaelyn Hickman said. “Now that she’s practiced I feel like she’s going to do really good.”
Mookie Shu came to Hickman through rescue transport, which took 12 bloodhounds from West Virginia to six different states in December.
Pine Creek K9 assistant chief Heather Dimmick was part of that transport.
“There was a whole humongous team of volunteers to help take them to their forever home for Christmas,” Dimmick said.
Mookie Shu will live with Hickman and her family in DuBois.
It will take a year to 18 months for Mookie Shu to be fully trained and certified as a rescue dog.
“She was a rescue dog who’s going to rescue people,” Dimmick said.
The Pine Creek K9 Search Unit is a group of 12 volunteers and their dogs who find lost, missing and wanted persons in 10 counties.
The unit is entirely non-profit. To learn more about the team, and how you can donate, you can visit their Facebook page.