May 2013 Training Weekend

Our training weekend took place from 11th -12th May at Glencoe.  Earle from Tayside Mountain Rescue Team started to train his puppy, “Tay”  in earnest.  Tay is a tri-coloured Border Collie.  All the girls love  him!  The dog, not Earle. Sorry Earle.  It is a lot of effort training a dog for mountain rescue; but massively rewarding and we wish them well with their endeavours.

For other dogs in training, the weekend was a chance to review the progress that they have already made,  and to put together a plan for their future needs.  Glencoe is a great place to test them and to see how they handle the complexities of the terrain.  The two dogs who qualified as “novices” from the annual assessment in March have already been pressed into service on call outs since then.

Our handlers were really pleased to be able to join Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team members in building a seating/viewing facility at the Kings House Hotel.  This is in memory of our dear friend Stuart Ruffell, who died a few years ago.  Stuart was a member and past team leader of the Tweed Valley Team, and also a SARDA dog handler.  Stuart’s family were also there and a great time was had by all. The facility is not quite completed yet, but we hope that, in due course, visitors will enjoy the superb views from the spot as much as Stuart did.


Stuart's memorial

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