He's quite the jetsetter -- with more than 280,000 airline miles under his collar.
He's a tired pup, and rightfully so, after traveling thousands of miles across the country and making dozens of appearances, not necessarily to meet people but to potentially save their lives. Meet Wyatt. He’s not your average service dog.
“The dogs can hit on cortisol, cancer, seizures, blood sugar up or down and a host of other things, “ canine behaviorist Janice Wolf said.
Wyatt has been trained for years to detect health issues -- a groundbreaking technology on four legs.
“Firefighters are exposed to toxic gunk, carcinogens, the worst things that you can imagine, constantly because there is such a high concentration of firefighters with health issues because of their exposure, they are a natural group for us to study,” Wolf said.
The International Firefighter Cancer Foundation brought Wyatt and his owner, Janice Wolf, out to Colorado to scan Loveland's firefighters.
They have a second smelling device in the backs of their noses that humans don't have. It's called Jacobson's organ which gives them 300 million sensors in their nose compared to a measly 5 million in humans.
These dogs can detect bladder, kidney, prostate, breast and skin cancer with 95 percent accuracy. Once Wyatt detects something, International; Firefighter Cancer Foundation connect the firefighter with the appropriate specialist to get further testing.
It's early detection, and much less intrusive than scans and treatment, leading to a potentially quicker recovery.
“We need to do something to help these firefighters who are going in the fires risking their lives to save ours. We need to help them,” Wolf said.
Most of these dogs are rescue dogs with a new purpose making the rounds across the country to help everyday heroes.
“We are just trying to save the world, two lives at a time, a dog and a human,” Wolf said.
Right now, there are 60 dogs in the program. The International Firefighter Cancer Foundation is opening up a Colorado chapter now.
if you would like to get involved or learn more, visit http://www.ffcancer.org/.