Janie Merickel and her Black Lab, Baloo, have certified with the prestigious Colorado Rapid Avalanche Deployment Program. To certify and maintain their excellent skills, teams train many times a week. Janie and Baloo work together at Copper Mountain, where they train with many other dogs teams, Flight for Life, and other Rescuers, to be at their very best at all times. Should the call come in, they will be ready to load into the helicopter and be flown to the site of the avalanche accident in the shortest time possible in hopes of saving a life (or two.)
Janie and Baloo are also members of SARDOC. They are in training for Air Scent.
After 20 years with SARDOC, Barbi Atkins has decided to retire and go on the road.
Barbi joined SARDOC in 1995 with her Weimeraner/Lab mix, Deeogee. Together, they certified in Air Scent and fielded on many missions. Barbi went on to certify two more dogs in Air Scent; Mocha and Molly. She served SARDOC in many capacities and was also a fielding member of El Paso Search and Rescue and Teller County SAR.
We wish Barbi and Molly all the best in their travels and new life!
SARDOC Central recently had the opportunity to work with a Student Film Group from Denver. This is the link to the video they produced for their project. A great piece of work! (Please note that the spine pictured is animal.)
Come visit our booth at the Sheriffs’ Conference this next Wednesday and Thursday, January 6-7. SARDOC will have a booth in the vendor area and we would love to have you stop by! The conference is at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Loveland.
SARDOC would like to thank Dr. Robin Van Metre, VMD, and Fort Collins Veterinary Emergency and Rehab Hospital for teaching the following class and including several SARDOC handlers:
First Aid for Handlers and First Responders – A guide for management of most canine field emergencies. The class was loosely based on the new canine trauma guidelines for military K9s and adapted for SAR dogs.
Restraint of the injured canine
Managing wounds, controlling hemorrhage, and stabilizing fractures
Teams spent 4 hours training with Robin and her staff and learning how to care for working dogs should they become injured. Fantastic skills for handlers in the field!
Longtime SARDOC handler, Robin Anderson, just lost her Search Dog Toss to cancer. Toss, a Border Collie, was certified in Air Scent for many years. He has been missed in his retirement and now we are very sad to lose him. SARDOC would like to express our appreciation for all his and Robin’s work during their years with our organization. They also fielded with Larimer County Search and Rescue and helped on many missions across the state.
SARDOC would like to thank the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region for their recent gift of $1,000 to our organization! This is a repeat gift from last year, and we cannot express our gratitude enough. This money will be used to help improve our trainings, our teams and our mission response efforts!
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.