Gem

In the third of our series where we profile S.A.R.D.A Scotland dogs, we meet Gem.

 

Gem

Gem

My name is Gem and I am a four year old Border Collie.  I was abandoned as a puppy and my new lady owner found me at her local SSPCA rescue centre.  I went to live with her, and my new man owner who already had a search and rescue dog.

I went along to S.A.R.D.A Scotland training weekends with them both, and was very interested in what was going on from the beginning.  My lady owner spent the training weekends lying on the hill, ‘hiding’ for the search dogs to find, and once, whilst she was away doing this, my man owner took me out on a ‘sneaky search’. He wanted to see if I had any potential as a search dog myself.

It turned out that I was very good at it, and my lady owner got to hear what had happened, but she was not angry; she was pleased  that I had found something that I liked to do so much.  When my man owner’s dog had to retire from S.A.R.D.A Scotland a year later, I began to train as a search dog myself. In 2013 I qualified as a novice search dog and won an award for the best novice dog of the year.  In 2014 I qualified as a full search dog.

Someone described me recently as having a ‘lust for life’ and  my owners say that this is a very accurate description of me.  To me, everyday is full of adventure and fun, and I am one happy little Collie dog.

Gem doing what she loves best!

Gem doing what she loves best!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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