As the USCG C-130 deploying us circled Kotlik's runway I couldn't help but wonder if the pilot was thinking; I'm supposed to land on that? Just a thought because the landing went smooth so Sam and his dog Bart, and Axel and I jumped out. A couple four wheelers met us for transport to their village at the mouth of the Yukon River. Search base was a 20' cargo van where we were quickly briefed on the 2 missing children. The primary search area was the river and the shore line was where we started. The problem was that this time of the year the locals chained their sled dogs along the river. There were lots and lots and lots of dogs chained out to reach the water but not each other. The reason for this became crystal clear when every dog we encountered was super dog-aggressive. We quickly developed a long line search technique to stay clear of these barking, growling, lunging, chain rattling crazies in order to clear areas. Axel was focused on his work and I was focused on the sled dogs when sure enough one broke loose and charged. They tangled right at the water’s edge but Axel being the larger dog soon had the Husky down while they were both getting twisted up in my 40-foot lead. Oh NO!! Another dog got loose and the current tussle invaded yet another dogs space. They were all going for Ax as I was trying to get his lead off. In desperation and now up to my waist in water and I gave him his Go Out (Schuhund) command and he went for it, straight into the water where the current caught him. I took off running along the river with the 2 loose dogs closer to Ax than me. He was used to me running along a river bank trying to intercept him as he was swept along because this was the routine when we crossed a river on horseback. Soon the Village Public Safety Officer with shotgun in hand got the dogs owners to get control of their dogs or he would end them. I thought there way too much activity to cut loose with a shotgun. Anyway I fished Ax out of the Yukon about a 1/4-mile down river from where he jumped in. We were later able to clear this dog-stakeout area by boat. We searched 5-days and found one of the kids packs submerged. Bart hit on it from the shore and Ax from a boat. The locals used make shift dredges to sweep the bottom where the dogs alerted. Sorry for the ramble…..way more to this story than here….but the topic was too much for me to pass on. Watch out for dog attacks everywhere.