Pictures of the Dogs

    Picture of Capt. Jim

    About the Poet

(Great-grandpa tells the children -
a true doggy story)

The Wolf
                           (artist's name
                                  desired for credit
)

      Driving beneath the dimming summer sky -
      evening's coming chill was already nigh.
      The family knew not what ahead did lie.

      The double-wide home was lit fully bright -
      but there was not a single soul in sight.
      Mother was gone wandering in the twilight.

      A quick look of the area round -
      then an urgent call to police in town.
      Eighty-seven year old out in her gown.

      Search forces quickly arrive by car -
      bringing dogs and helpers from near and far.
      Flashing lights and calls set the night ajar.

        (Chorus)
        But tell us when and where does the Wolf come?
        Worry not children - before we are done -
        a big furry Wolf will come on the run.

      All through the gloom of the dark long night -
      they did search and call with all their might.
      But not a sound or sign did they sight.

      Then urgent call to a county away -
      reaching tracker before the break of day.
      At nights end he heard the caller say:

      The situation is most terrible,
      the family grief certainly unbearable.
      Please help although success is improbable.

      The night has been cold and surely too long,
      and the old lady was not very strong.
      Still, to quit without a body would be wrong.

        (Chorus)
        But tell us when and where does the Wolf come?
        Worry not children - before we are done -
        a big furry Wolf will come on the run.

      The tracker explained that his dogs were tired,
      after a long night their ability expired.
      Could bring just two old dogs not yet retired.

      Across the county roads the car careened -
      bringing the dog and tracker team.
      Fourteen hours late to the fateful scene.

      Tracker and trained dogs hunt as a pack -
      tracker using human skills that dogs lack.
      Tracker is Alpha male choosing the track.

      Dogs on their own move relatively slow
      and tire out if they have too far to go.
      Tracker sees what a lost human might know.

        (Chorus)
        But tell us when and where does the Wolf come?
        Worry not children - before we are done -
        a big furry Wolf will come on the run.

      One dog to the left the other to the right -
      and each one may range sometimes out of sight.
      A quick tracker call makes the pattern tight.

      First no luck here and again no luck there -
      though a general direction they share.
      The tracker must make some choices with care.

      First nose to the wind and then nose to ground -
      the dogs move in circle movements around.
      No noise or calls only listening for sound.

      At seven miles one dog bays a sign -
      and moves more quickly than before time.
      Other dog very quickly joins the chime.

        (Chorus)
        But tell us when and where does the Wolf come?
        Worry not children - before we are done -
        a big furry Wolf will come on the run.

      Two old dogs now out of sight over the hill -
      doing the job they were trained for still.
      The dogs duty with devotion fulfill.

      At last from the first the howl that is best -
      and soon the second joins from her chest.
      Tracker still fifteen minutes to hill crest.

      Tween two dogs hundred fifty pound each -
      a ninety pound lady holds them in reach.
      Dog voices in joyful howling screech.

      "Target has been found and apparently well" -
      tracker's communicator the news does tell.
      "Send a gurney to get out of this hell."

        (Chorus)
        So my children - you see the Wolf did come -
        before this joyful tale was to be done -
        those great big Wolf Dogs did come on the run.

      No release for dogs held so very tight -
      with all of a little old lady's might.
      for now she will not let them out of sight.

      Thousands of yards they must now still trot
      beside the grateful lady's rescuer's cot
      for she will let them loose for naught.

      Confused by what all she had been through -
      "It was so cold and dark, frightening too -
      that I had no idea of what to do."

      "The new day sun rose so that I could see,
      but I had no hope of getting back free.
      Then the Wolf came, kissed, and sang to me."

      "Then came another great Wolf and sang also -
      raising their voices to the One we know.
      The One that watches over us wherever we go."

        (Chorus)
        So my children - you see the Wolf did come -
        before this joyful tale was to be done -
        those great big Wolf Dogs did come on the run.

Pictures of the Dogs

welcome home

The poem is true in all its details. When the poet awoke in the middle of the night and wrote the poem he did so from memory of having read the story but was unable to find again the story source. Readers recognized the story and sent the poem to Capt. Jim who then verified the details.

The story is about The Search for Anna Gaskill by two Wolf Husky dogs, No Ka OI and Kai'imi, of SAR Deployment in Astor, FL (17 August 2007). A previous tracking team had already tried for seven hours and had failed.

No Ka Oi at 4 years old

This is No Ka Oi when she was four years old. She is now 16 years old which is quite old for a working dog. She is called Noka for short. Noka and Kai are sisters and Noka is the mother of the other 11 dogs in the Haiku Kennels' team. Noka was the first to indicate that she was on Anna's trail, but as soon as she gave her call, Kai turned and joined her.

Wolf dogs mate for life. Unfortunately, Noka's mate Ali'i was killed while working on the 9/11 World Trade Center catastrophe. It was seven years before a mate could be found for one of her offspring so that Capt. Jim's crew could again grow.

Kai'imi

This is Kai'imi, called Kai for short. Kai’imi is the Omega dog and the only other female on the team. She is the baby sitter when there are pups, nurse when there are injuries, and the mediator of discord in the pack. Sweet and gentle at home, she is utterly fearless in the field. She is credited with being the first dog to alert on the house where Jessica Lunsford was being held. This was a child abduction case from February of 2005 in Homosassa, FL. that made national headlines.

Picture of Capt. Jim

long road ahead

For professional reasons this is the only picture that you get of Capt. Jim McGee. He is sitting here with No Ka Oi, looking at the long road ahead. Capt. Jim and his team are world class trackers who have been on many scenes that you have heard about. They were called to the World Trade Center catastrophe, to the Murrah Building bombing in Oklahoma, and so forth. One of the most famous pictures from Oklahoma City, was Noka with an 11 month old infant she had found alive inside the Murrah Building

Capt. Jim operates Haiku Kennels in Florida. Their dogs are not for sale and he raises and trains them to serve on his team. They work every day and have found many lost persons and perform numerous other amazing tasks.

The next generation

The Next Generation

Ki Do and Palani are the parents of the next generation. This is their first litter. As I write this Noka and Lono are heading back this weekend to Israel where they were slightly injured on their previous tour. An IED was detonated on them as they approached. The members of the present crew are seeing lots of service in Israel searching for bombs. Unfortunately, just a month ago, snipers shot and killed three K9 dogs whose handlers Capt. Jim had trained.

About the Poet

The poet is obviously a lover of dogs. He and his wife Jean are foster puppy raisers for National Service Dogs and they have lots of fun doing it. People often ask them how much they are paid. Nothing. Below is a picture of the poet and one of his furry friends who has now gone into service. In order to see the picture you may have to permit active-x when it is requested.