Kota is a Vizsla mix and is very energetic and smart. Kota was dumped on the side of the highway in St. Michaels, North Dakota on December 2013.
Temperatures were about twenty below zero and Kota eventually wandered into a nearby house to get warm. Why the occupants left their door open in that weather is unknown, but it may have saved Kota’s life. When Kota was spotted, he was locked in the bathroom and the police were called. The Fish and Wildlife office at the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation received the call and I was dispatched to remove the dog. I opened the bathroom door to see a very scared young dog who was very glad to see me! Kota stayed with me while we looked for his family. No one came forward to claim him and it wasn't long before he became a member of our family – Katie, arf’s first Dog with a Job, the two cat girls, Ashes and Calie, and our resident Turtle, Fluffy. Katie and I both saw potential in him. Kota focused his attention on me and Katie, learning everything he could about Katie’s job.
Kota had some health scares early on, but pulled through with Katie's help. She started showing him the ropes almost instantly and he caught on quickly. After Katie passed away in May 2014, Kota continued to do the jobs he and Katie did together, such as checking on my specimens every morning when we get to work. He is still learning everyday and is still very much a adolescent dog. Kota will learn about working with all wildlife here including waterfowl, deer, predators, fish, and small mammals. He even will learn how to work at public presentations as a demonstrator.
Dog with a Job is written by Carrie, a wildlife researcher. She and Kota do their work in North Dakota. Carrie currently works as the head wildlife biologist for the Spirit Lake Nation. Here she is compiling data about the wildlife that lives on the reservation and working on conservation plans for the future of these wildlife populations. You can reach Carrie and Kota at Carrie@abbeyrosefoundation.org.