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.