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Sarah Clark and Kaiser Sarah Clark and Kaiser
VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) -

A search and rescue dog that gave everything he had in the aftermath of the deadly landslide in Oso, is now receiving help from people around the country.

On March 29, 2014, a massive wall of mud swallowed a neighborhood near Oso, Washington. 43 people were killed and dozens of homes destroyed.

"It was nothing I've ever seen before. The devastation and the huge mudslide...just everything was unrecognizable. All the houses were in piles," said Sarah Clark.

When search and recovery crews were needed, Sarah Clark and her German Shepherd Kaiser volunteered to help. They waded through the mud for hours.

"He would have been working the entire day if I would let him. He would have been dragging his back legs, trying to get through the mud, which was up to his shoulders."

Kaiser is certified in wilderness area search. Over the years, Sarah has spent countless hours and dollars to train him, and the two have become a very effective team.

"He focuses so much on me, and he knows what I'm doing and I know what he's doing. It just works really well. The subject can be 5 miles away and a simple head pop to the left; I take note of that."

But Sarah and Kaiser were recently dealt a devastating blow. Radiographs showed both of Kaiser's knees have a partial tear. The cost to repair the tears is more than $5,000 per knee.

Without surgery, Kaiser would never walk or run again.

"I can't imagine not having him, or not being able to ever do anything with him again."

Fortunately, one of Sarah's colleagues heard about Kaiser's diagnosis and helped create a GoFundMe page with the goal of raising $7,000. Within a week, the goal was met. Sarah said she is very grateful.

"I just want to say thank you for all the support we've received so far."

The hope now is that Kaiser will be able to return to doing what he loves, helping those in need.

Sarah says any additional funds will go toward Kaiser's future medical and rehab costs.

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