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.
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.
- Checking vitals
- Restraint of the injured canine
- Managing wounds, controlling hemorrhage, and stabilizing fractures
- 02 administration
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.
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.