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"I have lived and loved dogs all my life..." Pat Totillo
After dreaming of working with dogs as a child, in 1982 Pat realized that dream by entering the obedience trial world. Over the years she honed her skills and put obedience titles on her dogs. Due to her training background she was asked to be a puppy raiser for a service dog organization. After careful consideration, Pat brought home a German shepherd puppy to raise for the organization. After six months, the puppy was dropped from the program because of his size and high drive. The organization offered the puppy to Pat. Because of his exuberant drive, Tobe was a handful… a dog that definitely needed a job. It was then that Pat and Tobe entered the world of tracking. At just a year old he achieved his AKC Tracking Title.
In 2002, their partnership evolved and the two began training in search and rescue for missing people. Tobe became Pat’s first SAR dog. The duo quickly learned that the need for recovery dogs was greater than the need for tracking dogs. Pat founded Search and Rescue of Orange City later that year. Over the years Pat and her dogs assisted Law Enforcement Agencies across the country. They were even deployed to Aruba. In 2010, Tango was added to her K9 team. The big German shepherd certified in SAR work and like his fellow K9s before him began to work to recover the missing.
From Pat: From what appeared to be a crisis came a new direction. The faltering economy caused the company I had worked for 28 years to go out of business. For the first time in my life, I was unemployed. I decided to take a leap of faith. I knew I was happiest when I was working my dogs so decided I would turn this crisis into an opportunity. About the same time as my job was ended, I discovered that dogs were being trained to find lost pets. If Tango would agree and could do the work it would be an answer to my prayers. From day one of his retraining, Tango decided he loved this work! From that day forward, my K9s began finding missing pets.
In 2014, Pat completed her studies to become a private investigator. In 2015, Olivia, a high drive liver bloodhound, was added to the K9 team. Pat and her dynamic team are available to help families and their missing pets in Central Florida.
The Real Pet Detectives, licensed private investigators with tracking dogs trained to find lost dogs and cats.
Licenses, Certifications & Subjects of Special Study
Instructor at various seminars for National Search Dog Assoc., South West Panhandle Search & Rescue, Gateway Search Dogs, North Carolina K9 Emergency Response Team, Sarasota K-9 Search & Rescue Team, First Response Team Tallahassee and Community United Effort (CUE)