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Training Weekend January 2015 – Ballachulish

We were based at Ballachulish for the second training weekend this month. This was the penultimate training weekend before the annual course takes place in March.  Handlers, volunteer ‘bodies’ and dogs headed to Glen Coe on Saturday and trained in challenging conditions in driving snow. It was a difficult enough task in itself for our […]

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S.A.R.D.A. Scotland Volunteer Elana’s Blog.

One weekend a month I join S.A.R.D.A Scotland’s search & rescue dogs and their handlers for two days of training. We meet in a different location each time, and no matter what the weather,  most of Saturday and Sunday is spent outside. My job as a ‘body’ is to be just that: to act as […]

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Happy New Year

Well it is almost time to say farewell to 2014.  We have said goodbye to some old friends this year and also said hello to some new ones.  Thank you to all our supporters, and volunteers who have helped us  during the past year.   To Steve Rowe for maintaining our website,  and to all […]

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Sad News

It was with much sadness that we learned this week of the recent death of Jimmy Simpson.   Jimmy was a much valued member of S.A.R.D.A Scotland for many years.  His dog training skills helped to advance the association, and many of Jimmy’s training techniques are still in use today.  He will be fondly remembered […]

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Training Weekend December 2014 – Fort William

  Training last weekend involved helicopter familiarisation with Rescue 137. We are indebted to the RAF  for the help they give us in getting the S.A.R.D.A dogs used to the helicopters. There is a lot to learn about the techniques involved in winching and travelling in these aircraft. Thank you also to Lochaber Mountain Rescue […]

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Jess

Another in our series where we profile S.A.R.D.A Scotland search and rescue dogs.  This time it is Jess.     My name is Jess and I am 4 years old.  I was born near Comrie in a bitterly cold week – minus 17 degrees I have been told. I did not notice the temperature though, […]

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Midge

The fourth in our series where we meet the S.A.R.D.A Scotland search and rescue dogs. This time it is Midge. “My name is Midge. I am ten years old and I have been a search and rescue dog for eight years.  I am famous for my distinctive ears, and I also have a TV star […]

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Training Weekend November 2014 Kintail

A very busy training weekend with a lot of different things going on;  in dry if somewhat bracing conditions.  Saturday had three search areas to be completed on the steep sides of Gleann Lichd, prior to a full evening for the handlers.  After a cuppa accompanied by Dog Charlie’s home baking, the two legged team members reconvened for […]

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Gem

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

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October 2014 Training

Another successful training weekend was held in the mountains of Glencoe, with 19 of our members attending and 7 volunteers to ‘hide’ in the mountains for our dogs to find.  Without the help of our 7 volunteers we would not have been able to run such an excellent training weekend, so to them,  a huge […]

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