SARDOC would like to thank Sabine Johnson and her wonderful Shepherd, Annie, for their many years of service. Annie was certified in Air Scent. Sabine served in many capacities over the years helping SARDOC in many ways. They were a very successful team and fielded through Park County Search and Rescue.
Many thanks to Sandy and Keith Brenenstuhl, owners of Recycled Aggregate Products in Colorado Springs for allowing SARDOC to train at their awesome facility on Sunday! Teams enjoyed many problems on rubble, equipment, and other interesting terrain throughout this daylong training!
SARDOC handlers were very fortunate as to be able to train at the Colorado State Fairgrounds this past November weekend! Teams worked on Urban Trailing and Air Scent and Human Remains Detection for two days.
SARDOC had two wonderful opportunities for water training in October at Wellington Lake and Blue Mesa Reservoir! Wellington Lake has been a wonderful supporter of SARDOC for years and empowered many great trainings for us!
We have enjoyed two excellent trainings with Blue Mesa Reservoir also this year near Gunnison. The Rangers were really awesome to work with and the dogs gained a lot of experience riding on their unique custom Park Boats.
SARDOC would like to express our appreciation for the generous gift from the attendees of Scott Blundell’s recent memorial service. His family very kindly asked folks to donate to our group in memory of Scott. We are very honored. We will use this gift to improve our trainings and skills so we can continue to help those in need.
Please click on this link to read about Scott’s life.
SARDOC Teams enjoyed a weekend training and get together at Grand Mesa. One focus was vehicle travel experience culminating in a search, either with one subject or multiple. The second day was full of wilderness trailing and airscent problems. We also enjoyed a presentation by Melissa Connor, Ph.D., the Director of the Forensic Investigation Research Station at Colorado Mesa University.
Koert was a member of Park County Search and Rescue for 14 years. He was born on the Tarryall at the Eagle Rock Ranch during the Hayman Fire and began his career at 7.5 weeks old. He helped many people. Certified in Air Scent, Human Remains Detection and Avalanche, he also enjoyed Trailing, Water, Demos for kids and Article Search. He had a very successful career with his handler, Marcia McMahon, and loved all of his teammates very much.
SARDOC is very sad to lose Merlin, an Aussie with a long and successful career.
Merlin and his handler, Mike Erickson, fielded with Larimer County Search and Rescue throughout their many years serving the public through searches, demonstrations, etc. They went on many missions, helping to look for missing parties and help bring them back to their families.
Merlin was a wonderful ambassador for SARDOC, LCSAR, and SAR dogs in general. He loved doing just about everything and was especially fond of all his friends who hid for him and played with him over the years.