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Annual Course 2016

The S.A.R.D.A Scotland Annual Course is now over for another year. Congratulations to Mark and Aonach and Jonah and Mack who achieved full dog status. We were very honoured to have one of the founder members of the Search and Rescue Dog Association, Dr Catherine MacLeod  present at the course. Catherine is pictured below presenting […]

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S.A.R.D.A Scotland Annual Assessment Course 2016

S.A.R.D.A Scotland’s Annual Assessment Course takes place from Thursday 17th March until Sunday 20th March and will take place at the King’s House, Glen Coe.  The dogs and handlers who are up for assessment will be put through their paces, undertaking wilderness searches.  The handlers will also be given the opportunity to see how their […]

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Training February 2016

The second of our  winter  training weekends in the Cairngorms  took place on the 12th to 14th February. Conditions on Saturday were challenging, with strong winds taking  the wind chill down to minus nineteen degrees at times. ‘Bodies’ and handlers were finding themselves in snow up to their waists at times, but the dogs were […]

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Happy New Year!

Well 2016 is here and we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has helped to support us during the past year and to those who helped us to celebrate SARDA’s 50th Anniversary.  A Very Happy New Year to everyone.

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Merry Christmas

A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from SARDA Scotland dogs and handlers. Stay safe out there over the holidays.        

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Distinguished Service Certificate

S.A.R.D.A Scotland dog handler Pete Crichton pictured above, has recently been awarded a Distinguished Service Certificate for services to mountain rescue from the Mountain Rescue Committee of Scotland. Pete first joined the Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team in 1980 and later joined the Torridon team in 1990 after relocating to Wester Ross.  For the past […]

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Training Weekend December 2015

This weekend marked the SARDA Scotland Christmas Meal Weekend and, unlike previous years, we decided to change location to the Isle of Skye – Carbost and the hospitality of the Old Inn. On Friday night Storm Desmond arrived in the North West of Scotland with promises of 70 plus miles per hour wind and heavy […]

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November Training Weekend 2015

An eventful November training weekend took place in Braemar, with snow on the hills and quite a bitter wind at times. The Training Officer decided to take training to new heights on Sunday, when we all took to the woods to avoid the wind and rain, and volunteers were hidden in trees. It was interesting […]

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SARDA’s 50th Anniversary Celebration

    S.A.R.D.A Scotland hosted the anniversary celebration of fifty years of the Search and Rescue Dog Association  in Fort William last weekend. It was a great privilege to welcome three of the founding members of the Search and Rescue Dog Association, along with past and present members from S.A.R.D.A Scotland, Southern Scotland, England, Lakes […]

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October 2015 Training Weekend

October training took place in Dornie.  The weather was unseasonably mild and also windless, which made it a lot harder for the dogs to pick up scent. The young dogs in training are progressing well, and it is interesting to see their handlers having to become  fitter to keep up,  as their dogs are given bigger […]

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