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Search Dogs Save Lives!

GOOD DOG LINCOLN!
On June 21, 2022 five KCSD dog teams responded to a search for an 87 year old with Alzheimers missing overnight in thick woods northeast of Seattle. After working less than 45 minutes K9 Lincoln, Brenna O’Leary and Lincoln’s handler Jon found the subject in steep terrain less than half a mile from their house.
While we give our dogs the headlines, the full story is that a great outcome like this results from the teamwork of over twenty five volunteers from several King County Search and Rescue Units: Searchers from ESAR and 4×4 in addition to KCSD worked hard looking for the subject and even harder transporting them out of the dense forest and returning them to their family. SPART provided expert medical assistance. IST and the King County Sheriff’s Office coordinated the moving pieces from initial call out to final debrief. All volunteers coming together to help their neighbors in need.

K9 Myka is on the trail!

King County Search Dogs is proud to announce that we have a newly certified trailing team in our ranks. Congratulations to Courtney and K9 Myka for flying through their trailing test this week!
Myka is Courtney’s second search dog. They are now certified in both trailing and human remains detection (HRD).
K9 Jack, Myka’s older “brother,” is also certified in two disciplines, airscent and HRD.
Courtney is one of only a few handlers in the history of KCSD to have certified with a dog in every core discipline – trailing, airscent, and human remains detection. Quite an achievement!
The KCSD trailing test is of the highest caliber, challenging the dog and handler team to successfully navigate a trail that is 24 hours old with multiple intersections, scent contamination, and varied terrain types.
Way to go, Courtney – you are a real asset to the people of King County and to our organization!

Vote for Lincoln!

Congratulations K9 Lincoln!
The votes have been counted and thanks to your support our very own K9 Lincoln has been selected as one of the final 3 Search & Rescue Dogs in the 2022 American Humane Hero Dog Award competition. We are very proud and grateful to everyone that voted.
WHAT’S NEXT: The polls are now open at https://bit.ly/HeroDogLincoln where you can vote for K9 Lincoln to become the top Search Dog and a finalist for the 2022 Hero Dog Award. Please help showcase the life-saving work of King County Search Dogs and build community support by sharing this post and voting every day through July 22.
Thank You!!!

Happy New Year!

Jack, Bailey, Cleo, Max, Lincoln, Zula, Oso, Fritz and all the rest of the KCSD dogs wish everyone a safe and healthy 2022.
2021 was an intense year for KCSD despite the seemingly relentless pandemic. There was exciting success on search missions but also the tragic loss of one of our newest search dogs Ruby. We responded to 49 searches, participated in 106 training exercises and contributed a total of 7,497 hours (227 hours/person average) to help people in distress in Washington.
We are grateful for the support we receive from our community and would be unable to continue without it. Our partnerships with the King County Sheriff’s Office and King County Search and Rescue Association are essential to our success. We start 2022 with eight new recruits and some of the best search dogs and handlers in the world and look forward to another exciting year.

Our hearts are broken. 💔

K9 Ruby died after a tragic accident while off duty on Saturday. Ruby was at the very beginning of her search dog career having passed her airscent certification test with flying colors earlier this month. A non-stop tail wagger, Ruby was a gorgeous three year old Dutch Shepherd with infectious enthusiasm who loved to work and loved to play. Ruby was a formidable search team with her handler Jonathan who joined King County Search Dogs in 2006 and has deployed on over 240 search missions throughout Washington. Please join us in sending condolences to Jonathan and give your puppies an extra hug for Ruby.