None of the information in this story about Kristine Crawford is true. If you want to verify any of the search information, contact the California Rescue Dog Association, www.carda.org. Just check CARDA's certified SAR dogs, and yes, Dakota and Tahoe are listed; Cheyenne never did search and rescue. NEVER certified. NEVER tested. NEVER searched. Go on. Check it out.
If you want to check out the story about how Dakota was saved, run a few search engines. Crawford has claimed that Dakota was variously saved from a dog fighting ring where she was used as a bait dog; saved from a litter of puppies scheduled to be euthanized http://www.workingpitbull.com/recycleabull2.htm and www.forpitssake.org; this story http://www.pitbullsontheweb.com/petbull/articles/sarpits.html; this story with the variation that the neighbor was later arrested and jailed for dog fighting.
Same thing with her dog Tahoe. Heard how Ms. Crawford rescued Tahoe from a dumpster? How Tahoe was abused and abandoned in a Dumpster on Christmas? How Tahoe was found by a homeless woman and her daughter who were searching for cans. How Kristine rescued the dog, and paid for all of her extraordinary vet bills, and how this dog is now saving lives herself. This story was even featured in the 2001 C.H.A.M.P. conference: http://www.animalfarmfoundation.org/2001nokillspeach.htm. Except that it's not real either. None of it.
How about going to Gaff Kennels, http://www.gaffkennels.net/, and asking the breeder herself. Kristine Crawford bought Tahoe on Christmas Eve, 2000, for the amount of $350.00, posed for pictures with the breeder's children in front of the tree and the new puppy.
Kristine Crawford is a huge fraud, and before anyone any where donates money, gear, or other donations to her purported non-profit, go run search engines. Check out the federal IRS charity search engine http://apps.irs.gov/app/pub78; as of today, For Pits Sake does not come up. Then go to the Internet Archive Wayback Machine, and look up For Pits Sake archives http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://forpitssake.org; they've been purportedly waiting on their non-profit - and still taking donations - for at least the past four years. News paper online searches show articles purporting Ms. Crawford to be a non-profit since 1997 and in others, since 1998.
Check it all out. Check out more. Run lots of engines and compare them all. And don't be surprised if you receive Hotmail or Yahoo! free account emails supporting Ms. Crawford and all she does. Especially from accounts from Daryl Riva (firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com), T. Eric Sheets, III (firstname.lastname@example.org), Pat Grant (email@example.com), Fran Troutman (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Thomas Faraghan (email@example.com). Those are all known Kristine R. Crawford alias email accounts.
Caveat emptor, all potential donors.