Search & Rescue Dog Association Scotland News

Training Weekend 9th & 10th August 2014

August training took place at Lochgoilhead.  It was a very successful weekend, with two handlers and dogs achieving novice search dog grade. Well done to Alasdair and Torin, and Paul and A’Ghlas Bheinn (Glash). Around 60 hours later we learned that Paul and Glash had located a missing person in the Kintail area.  Talk about fast work!  Congratulations to them.

 

 

Paul and Glash

Paul and Glash

Alasdair and Torin

Alasdair and Torin

Full search dogs had a good run out with splendid weather on Saturday which we were grateful for,  as we held the SARDA Scotland barbecue that evening. Many thanks to Ken and Moira for being such good hosts.

Handlers and volunteers relax in the evening sunshine

Handlers and volunteers relax in the evening sunshine

‘Puppy School’ currently has one pupil, Clova, who is now beginning to work larger areas.  Felix (pictured below) is our newest recruit and will begin training when he is a little older.  At present, he is a feisty four month old, and is already socialising well with the other dogs, and playing confidently with our volunteers.  Needless to say that there are always plenty of willing helpers for that particular job.

Felix hitches a lift

Felix hitches a lift

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Training Weekend July 2014 Cairngorm

Training for July took place in Cairngorm.  We had a successful weekend with dogs progressing well. There was quite a strong wind which was warm and blew away the midges for us.

moustacheWe also met Felix; the little puppy  who wants to be a search dog when he grows up.

Rod 'socialising' Felix. We were not sure who was having the most fun!

Rod ‘socialising’ Felix. We were not sure who was having the most fun!

 

Felix watching the big dogs to see how it is done

Felix watching the big dogs to see how it is done

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Allison and Midge Receive Award

 

 

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SARDA  Scotland handler Allison and her dog Midge recently received the Divisional Commander Commendation from Police Scotland, in recognition of their actions during a mountain rescue in Cairngorm in January 2014.  They endured extremely difficult weather conditions and a high avalanche risk during a rescue where a male had fallen through a cornice and down a cliff. Congratulations to them for their award.

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Training Weekend 7th to 9th June 2014

Training last weekend took place at Glencoe. There was a good turn out of handlers of  both full and novice search dogs, and of course puppies for ‘puppy school’.

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The weather remained dry, but the constantly changing wind direction meant that the handlers had to work a little harder. The puppies are progressing well,  and there are always a lot of volunteers offering to play with them!

 

 

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Well Done Tara

Skiing DogWell done to search and rescue dog Tara, wh0 located a missing walker on Ben Nevis last Sunday evening.

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Training Weekend 10th & 11th May 2014

The first training weekend of the new training year took place in Braemar last weekend. The weather was drier than had been forecast but was still very cold for the time of year. For three young dogs it was their first ever training weekend, and as usual our volunteers enjoyed playing with the puppies. We are all looking forward to watching their progress.

 

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SARDA Scotland Search and Rescue Dog Cranna

The first in a series where we profile our search dogs.  Today we meet Cranna.

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Cranna showing off her ‘dancing’ skills.

Cranna is a Border Collie of approximately 22 months old.  The reason that we do not know her exact age is because she was found as an abandoned pup;  tied to the  bumper of a car. Luckily, some passers by spotted her before the car drove away, and Cranna was handed in to a local dog kennels.  As luck would have it, the owner of the kennels knew that Cranna’s handler was looking for a dog and gave him a call. Cranna’s life was about to take on a new direction, and she began her training to become a search and rescue dog in June last year.   She was a good learner and passed her assessment to Novice Search Dog in March 2014 gaining the Madras Trophy for best Novice Search Dog. Like all dogs, Cranna has her little quirks,  and is far  from perfect,  as the mud patch full of holes in her owner’s back  garden will testify. She also has a trick of standing up on her back legs to get a better view of things. It has been mentioned she is learning Irish Dancing but you can judge from the picture.  She likes to begin the day early and whines until her owners are wide awake, but like many dogs, Cranna does not seem to know the difference between a weekday and the weekend!  No long lie-ins anymore then, but then think how many adventures you can pack into your day if you get up early!

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Cuillin Does It Again

SARDA Search and Rescue dog Cuillin

SARDA Search and Rescue dog Cuillin

SARDA Scotland search and rescue dog Cuillin located three missing people on Skye on Thursday 17th April. Well done to her.

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Well done Cuillin

SARDA Scotland Search and Rescue dog Cuillin

SARDA Scotland Search and Rescue dog Cuillin

Well done to SARDA Search dog Cuillin who located a missing person on Skye in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

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Flynn, Brian and Isle of Skye Whisky at Scotland’s Best Outdoors 2014

SARDA Scotland search dog Flynn and handler Brian Callaghan had a great time at the Scotland’s Best Outdoors event in Aberdeen last Sunday.  Thanks to Isle of Skye Whisky for inviting Brian and Flynn along.  Isle of Skye Whisky sponsor Scottish Mountain Rescue, and search dogs are one of the areas supported.  As well as a cash donation from the distillers, they also donate a percentage of each bottle of whisky sold.

Search dog Flynn and handler Brian with friends from Isle of Skye Whisky

Search dog Flynn with friends from Isle of Skye Whisky

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