SARDOC Readiness

Search and Rescue Dogs of Colorado (SARDOC) remains ready for the call.  Certified/Deployable Handlers and Support members are maintaining their readiness.   As many organizations have also done, SARDOC has developed a first phase preventative response to COVID 19.  SARDOC Executive Board has suspended all official SARDOC trainings, progressions and tests, indoor and outdoor group meetings, seminars, clinics, and workshops until further notice.  We will be working as a team to gather more information and work diligently to provide additional information and support for training, testing and methods of maintaining readiness in these unprecedented times.  We encourage the public to use all care and common sense when exercising in the backcountry to keep everyone safe.  Keep outings short and safe and plan activities according to weather, ability and the needs of public safety.

From our President:

COVID-19 will impact search and rescue resources throughout the state, as it will the entire first responder system. Search and Rescue Dogs of Colorado and its members will be here doing everything we can to support our community and assist those in need of our services. As a community, we will get through this, but while we are, let’s be safe out there!
With all Colorado resorts closing, this may seem like a great time to get into backcountry. While the backcountry is wonderful, it also comes with added risk and the need for additional education, tools, and experience.  If you are using the time away from work, school or other activity to get outside and de-stress, please be prepared for what you are going to do, be it hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, ATVing, peak bagging, climbing, etc.
Consider the following.
Weather changes fast during this time of the year. Check the forecast.
Always have the 10 essentials
If you go, make sure you tell others where you going and your time plan
Consider the phrase “If you don’t know, don’t go!”.
While we love to see people getting outdoors, these are irregular times when we all need to be a bit more conservative in decision making.  Emergency response will likely be delayed and definitive care facilities (hospitals, emergency departments, etc.) are already stressed.
Consider dialIng back your objectives a bit, so that you are less likely to have an impact on SAR and emergency services.
Stay well, friends.
Scott A. Robertshaw, President

March 19, 2020 in Uncategorized by

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Denver Urban Training!

RaceHickey3Many thanks to the owners of the Marilyn Hickey Building for allowing SARDOC dogs 2 full days and 1 evening of non-stop training.  Arapahoe Rescue Patrol members came to run Incident Command and hide and did an amazing job!  Thanks to all!  These are the trainings that make SARDOC dogs great!SuuntoHickey

January 18, 2020 in Uncategorized by

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2020 County Sheriffs’ Conference

Resizer_15791396692591On January 8th & 9th, SARDOC was honored once again to meet old friends and new at our booth at the annual County Sheriffs’ of Colorado Conference!  Always a pleasure to visit with everyone, discuss events and share information for a successful future!

January 18, 2020 in Uncategorized by

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Savannah 2010-2019

Savannah2 20161226Savannah was a beautiful red Lab full of amazing energy and happiness.  She worked with SARDOC from 2010-2013 and then she and her handler, Dennis McLaughlin, moved to Arizona where she certified with Maricopa K9 SAR in HRD and Air Scent.  She had a wonderful, full life as a search and rescue dog.Savannah loving the silt July2018


November 29, 2019 in Uncategorized by

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Urban Training at the Marilyn Hickey Building!

IMG_2421SARDOC teams had the great opportunity to train at the Marilyn Hickey building in Denver for two days this weekend.  Multiple subjects and training articles were hidden throughout the building for non-stop urban training scenarios!

Many thanks to our sponsors and organizers!

November 22, 2019 in Uncategorized by

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October 24, 2004 – October 19, 2019

Certified in Air Scent

Jake by debJake was also known as Jakey, Jakester, Jake the Dog, and Just Jake.  He was a mixed-breed of unknown decent until a post-retirement DNA test revealed that he was ¼ Australian Cattle Dog, 1/8 Chow, 1/8 Siberian Husky, 1/8 Collie, 1/8 English Cocker Spaniel (didn’t see that one coming), and ¼ Breed Group(s) (which include the Herding, Sporting, Terrier, and Hound dogs).  Jake started with Search & Rescue Dogs of Colorado (SARDOC) in July of 2005 as a 9 month old puppy. He trained and fielded with SARDOC and Larimer County Search & Rescue (LCSAR) for almost 10 years.  Jake was forced into retirement in 2015 due to my (his handler’s) circumstances.

Jake loved Search & Rescue (SAR) and took his work very seriously.  He cross-trained in Water, Avalanche, Human Remains Detection (HRD), and Urban.  Jake’s joy of finding his subject(s) and coming back to tell me was evident by the big smile on his cute little face!  He especially loved the water searches.  After doing a shoreline search of a body of water, Jake would run ahead of his team and jump into the boat in readiness of an above water grid search to pinpoint his subject.  We couldn’t get there fast enough for Jake and he often started barking to let us know we needed to hurry up!  In fact, he loved the water work so much that after his retirement we were at Union Reservoir in Longmont and Jake commandeered a complete stranger’s paddle board so that he could conduct a search.  Imagine my surprise when I glanced out upon the reservoir and saw him on a paddle board with a strange man.  What was even more surprising (but not) was that Jake was obviously working!

Jake touched so many lives on and off the SAR field, with his passing I am reminded of just how many.  Jake did whatever I asked of him, without question, with determination, and with grace.  You will never meet a more loyal dog.  Every day with Jake was a gift and I was blessed to have partnered with him and to have had him in my life for as long as I did.  However, I will miss Jakey terribly, he was everything to me!  He taught me so many lessons about SAR and about life.  Jake is the reason I got involved in search and rescue and I am thankful for all of the incredible experiences and the wonderful people and dogs we met along the way.SARDOC2019 - 5 of 5

Kathy Kosorok, Handler

October 28, 2019 in Uncategorized by

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New Water Teams

Congratulations to SARDOC’s 4 new water certified teams:

Allison Yelton & Trouble and Denise Alvord & Riot with Larimer County SAR.

Nancy May & Razzle with Grand County SAR, Moab, UT.

Jay Rigdon & Sprite with West Elk Mountain Rescue, Montrose.

These teams recently passed their Water certification test with SARDOC.

October 14, 2019 in Uncategorized by

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Superfit Seminar Postponed!

The Superfit Seminar scheduled for this weekend has been postponed.  Further information will follow when a date has been chosen.

October 3, 2019 in Uncategorized by

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New Trailing Team!

IMG_1346SARDOC is proud to announce that Trouble and his handler, Allison Yelton, passed their Trailing Certification test this past weekend on beautiful Boreas Pass!

Trouble and Allison field with Larimer County Search and Rescue.


September 12, 2019 in Uncategorized by

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Senior Recertification!

IMG_20190804_103736465Congrats to Maui, who passed her HRD Recertification Test this month with flying colors at the ripe old age of 12!  You go girl!

Maui fields with Marcia McMahon and Park County Search and Rescue.IMG_1977

August 30, 2019 in Uncategorized by

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