Radek Svatos - a man's best friend helping in earthquake-devastated Bam
Czech dog-handlers were among the first foreign rescue workers to arrive in the Iranian city of Bam after last month's devastating earthquake. They remained for only three days, in the immediate aftermath of the disaster, but during that time they won a great deal of respect for their work searching for survivors and finding the bodies of the dead. Among them was Radek Svatos, and here he recalls some of his impressions.
"Another thing was our dogs. The locals weren't used to the idea of dogs as man's best friend. When they saw the amazing things that our dogs could do, they began to look on them very differently. The dogs worked even harder than we did. They knew what was expected of them, and worked until they dropped."