Many thanks to Pueblo Mountain Parks for allowing SARDOC to host a two day search practice weekend! Handlers enjoyed a day of training in the nearby Forest Property, and a Mock Search Practice on the grounds of PMP. Great areas and a wonderful practice organized by our Southern Group, along with tabletop discussions and map work Saturday night! Check out the link:
SARDOC sadly says good-bye to Grits, a 14 y/o Red Lab certified in Air Scent. Grits was handled by Dennis McLaughlin, and, together, they contributed quite successfully to many searches in Colorado. They were members of Douglas County SAR and El Paso County SAR. Intermittently, over the last several years, they were also successful members of Maricopa K9 in Phoenix, where they were certified in Air Scent and Human Remains Detection.
Peg Woodis and Millie passed their Statewide Trailing Certification test with flying colors today in Red Feather Lakes. Under Peg’s careful guidance, Millie, who started as a rescue dog, has blossomed into an incredible trailing dog. Together, they make a great team.
Peg and Millie field with Delta County SAR.
SARDOC would like to express our absolute admiration and respect for FFL Pilot, Patrick Mahany, who died last week in a helicopter accident in Frisco. A true hero, and friend to so many people, this tragedy of Patrick’s death has affected hundreds of people. Flight for Life crews provide amazing services to so many agencies, SAR groups, and people in the backcountry. Many, many people are alive because of the FFL pilots and crews.
We would like also to send our sympathies and support out to all of Patrick’s friends and family in this very difficult time. We also send our wishes for a fast and complete recovery to the other two crew members who were injured in the accident, Matt Bowe and Dave Repsher. Our thoughts are with them.
We cannot thank them all enough for everything they do for us and for our teams.
Roger Matthews and Finn passed their Regional Certification Test near Woodland Park on Friday.
They did an awesome job during testing. SARDOC teams pass a long series of rigorous tests in order to certify.
The team fields through Park County Search and Rescue in Bailey.
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Merlin, at 12 years of age, is retiring from active search work. Merlin has spent his entire life working for SARDOC, Larimer County SAR, and his handler, Mike Erickson. He has had several successful searches and has always set a wonderful example for new dog teams. He was certified in Air Scent, and had a special love for Avalanche search.
Many, many thanks to Merlin for his years of service. He no doubt will have lots of fun in his retirement.
Kathy Kosorok and Jake, longtime members of SARDOC and LCSAR, have retired from Search and Rescue. They contributed greatly to our trainings and participated in many missions. Jake was certified in Air Scent and was working towards Water Certification as well. We would like to thank them for their wonderful efforts and supportive attitudes over the years. Jake was a great mentor to the younger dogs.
Many thanks to Firehouse Storage and The Ranch Events Complex for hosting our SARDOC Teams in a full weekend of building search practice, which included live and HR searches. Thanks to Karen Williams and Dan Fanning with Larimer County SAR for setting it all up!