"While the professional handlers of K-9 officers and search-and-rescue dogs are often trained in first aid for people, their knowledge of the K-9 anatomy is often limited," Martin told The Dodo. "Knowing what to look for, health-wise, can identify issues before they become serious, or even save the dog's life."
Indo was rushed to the vet, where he was treated for burns to his face. He spent the next few weeks recuperating at home with Bergman. "At first his mood was down," Bergman said. "He was very calm, which is not like him. As the days went on, Diesel [Bergman's own dog, a boxer] brought his spirits up and he got much better."
Bergman and Indo returned to work less than a month after Indo was injured on the job. Indo's face bears scars from the flaming chemicals hurled at him that day, but his spirit is strong and his drive hasn't changed. Bergman is very modest, but he had to laugh during a press conference that was held upon his return to work with Indo in February.
"It took 20 minutes before anyone asked how I was doing," he said. "It was all about Indo."