Search & Rescue Dog Association Scotland News

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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Annual Course 2014 Photographs

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Dogs and handlers who passed the SARDA Scotland 2014 Assessment Course

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Ken Weatherstone and his dog Cranna, who won the Madras Trophy for the best novice dog on the course. Cranna also has a talent for dancing!

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Annual Assessment Course 2014

We held a successful annual assessment course at the King’s House Hotel in Glen Coe, despite challenging weather  conditions.  Three dogs went through from novice to full search dog status , and two dogs achieved novice dog grade,  and were added to the call out list.  They will no doubt be hearing from our call out coordinator via a telephone near them soon!

As always, we would like to thank the people who helped to make our assessment a success. To Burns Pet Nutrition for their sponsorship,  and to the King’s House Hotel who always make us feel so welcome and help the course to run smoothly.  We would also like to thank our volunteers who acted as  ’casualties’ for us to find.  We hope that you have now managed to get warm and dry.

 

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Sport Relief’s Top Dog

Tom and Tara are put through their paces

Tom and Tara are put through their paces

Look out for S.A.R.D.A. Scotland dog Tara and handler Tom who will both be appearing on Sport Relief’s Top Dog programme, which is to be shown on Friday 14th March at 6.30 p.m. on BBC 2.

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Training Weekend 8th & 9th March 2014

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‘Snuz’playing with Molly

Training last weekend took place in Kinlochewe, Ross-shire.  The weather was very wet and windy!  On Sunday, handlers, dogs and ‘bodies’ moved down the road to  Torridon, and set up training areas there.  The weather  was better much to the relief of everybody! This being the  last training weekend before the annual assessment course, the dogs and handlers took the chance to sharpen their skills before they are tested.  Good luck to them all.

 

Flynn waiting for Brian to catch her up

Flynn waiting for Brian to catch her up.

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Training Weekend 8th & 9th February Cairngorm

Closed roads in the Cairngorms meant that Saturday’s training venue was relocated. Handlers, dogs and the volunteer ‘bodies’(who give their time to act as ‘casualties’ for the dogs to find in training), all braved the wind, sleet and rain at lower altitudes to train for real searches which occur week in and week out.

The trainee and novice dogs are now focusing on refining their skills for the annual assessment course which will take place next month.

Sunday saw the roads open again and a chance for all to get up to the snowline. The ‘bodies’ were again out in the training search area, but thankfully this time were only being snowed and rained on intermittently.  Meanwhile in another area, dogs were training to find both people and articles buried in the snow to simulate searches in avalanche situations.

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International Commission for Alpine Rescue’s Congress

 

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Two members of SARDA Scotland attended the International Commission for Alpine Rescue’s Congress in October, which was held in Croatia.  The event saw handlers from mountain rescue around the world  come together to share and exchange their various methods on training and working dogs, to ultimately help those in need.

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RSPCA and Daily Mirror Animal Hero Awards 2013

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Congratulations to SARDA Scotland dog Cuillin; pictured here with  her handler Tony Hanley.  Cuillin was  shortlisted for an award  for the inaugural  RSPCA and Daily Mirror Animal Hero Awards, which were held  at the Langham Hotel in central London recently.

 

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Training 6th December 2013 – Glen Nevis

It’s Christmas  - well, almost!  We wish our supporters a Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

This weekend we had our Christmas get together, bringing handlers together from Dumfries, Mid-Lothian, Fife, Perthshire, Grampian, Speyside, Inverness, Skye and Argyll. Our thanks to the Ben Nevis Inn at Achintee for great food and drink! We were also pleased that ‘Santa’ was able to join us. He brought a range of humorous presents for our hard working handlers.

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Saturday started with a refresher briefing on avalanches and the use of dogs to support mountain rescue teams  in these high pressure situations. Thanks to Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team for allowing us the use of their base. Thereafter, both Saturday and Sunday were spent training in good Lochaber weather – steady rain, low cloud and gusty winds! Glen Nevis has some challenging terrain, which the more experienced handlers enjoyed and those undergoing training learnt to cope with.

 

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We were joined by a potential new recruit – Clova is a ten week old brown tri-coloured collie.  Her owner, Rod from Tayside Mountain Rescue Team, is an experienced handler, having trained three dogs in his career (so far!). Clova coped well with the experience and we look forward to seeing more of her in future!

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