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Meet the Dogs – Nell

Nell is a 7 year old Border Collie, originally from Skye.  She was too friendly to work with sheep and so was donated to her handler, and qualified as a search and rescue dog in 2011.  She is quite a small dog with a big personality,  and we are particularly proud of her, as this […]

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September 2015 Training Weekend

September’s training weekend took place in Lochgoilhead.  Unfortunately the weather was very wet,  but the fact that dog handler Allison  and her dog Felix were successful in attaining their  novice dog grade cheered everyone up. Congratulations to them both.  The weather also cleared up enough for a celebratory barbecue on Saturday  evening. Thanks to Moira […]

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Meet the dogs – Aonach

Aonach is a two year old Border Collie.  He became a novice SARDA Scotland search dog when he passed his assessment in  March 2015. His paws were barely through the front door after the assessment when he was called out on a search!  Aonach comes from Alloa and is from a working background.  He has […]

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Training Weekend July 2015- Braemar

Training this weekend took place in Braemar.  It was the first time for months that the handlers from the West Coast  had seen any sun,  so they enjoyed that.   We found a few midges too but they didn’t seem as fierce as their cousins in the West. The young dogs are progressing at great […]

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A New Training Year Begins

The new training year for S.A.R.D.A Scotland has begun, with the first training weekend after the annual course taking place on the Isle of Skye.  Five dogs started their training and there was a lot of shouting and running around, and that was just from their handlers!  We experienced extremes of weather with glorious sunshine […]

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S.A.R.D.A. Celebrates Being 50

2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the Search and Rescue Dog Association (SARDA).  As part of SARDA Scotland’s celebrations we will meet some of the dog handlers who have contributed to saving lives in the Scottish mountains. Bob Smith MBE  Bob joined SARDA in 1969.  As one of the earliest of SARDA’s handlers, Bob and […]

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Annual Assessment Course 2015

S.A.R.D.A Scotland held it’s fiftieth annual assessment course from 19th to 22nd March. Congratulations to Alasdair and Torin, Ken and Cranna and Paul and Glash, who achieved full dog grade, and to Aonach and Mark who achieved novice dog grade.  Jonah and Mac also achieved novice dog grade and were awarded the Madras Trophy for […]

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Molly

Molly is a four year old Collie, and it is probably fair to say that she is one of the most aristocratic of the S.A.R.D.A dogs; being in possession of a pedigree.  Molly was born near Roy Bridge but her mother was from Finland and her father was Australian. Her posh pedigree name is Locheil […]

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Another in our series where we meet the S.A.R.D.A Scotland dogs. This time it is Torin.

Torin is the gentle giant of the S.A.R.D.A dogs; a three year old cross Golden Retriever /German Shepherd who weighs in at an impressive   44  kilos and is affectionately known by other S.A.R.D.A handlers as ‘Donkey’.   The SARDA handlers and volunteers were interested to see what happened when this big lad was winched […]

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Training Weekend 27th February – 1st March 2015 – Cairngorm

Last weekend’s training took place in Cairngorm. All the dogs performed well, and we have our fingers crossed for the dogs who are about to be put through their paces at the annual assessment course, which takes place in a few weeks. The young dogs have gradually built up to searching larger and larger areas […]

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