In the lush, verdant heart of Dominica, a humble hero walks among us. Not with a cape, but with a wagging tail and a nose for adventure: Cleopatra, the Dominica’s first and only search and rescue dog. Unlike her German Shepherd and Belgian Malinois counterparts, typically renowned for their strength and agility in rescue work, Cleo was a testament to the incredible potential that lies beyond breed stereotypes. Found by St. Nicholas Animal Rescue as a stray, sick and abandoned, Cleo’s journey began with a chance encounter with Dr. Golnaz Naderkhani, a rescue dog trainer with professional experience in Canada. Dr. Naderkhani, founder of St. Nicholas Animal Rescue, recognized Cleo’s innate talent and unwavering spirit, seeing in her the potential to become a hero.