Today is the Seattle Foundation’s “Give Big” day of supporting the great work done by our area’s non-profit organizations. Please consider King County Search Dogs when you make your donation. https://www.givebigseattle.org/kcsearchdogs We depend on the community we serve!
Something to really brag about: Joan Hitchner, one of the longest serving Members of King County Search Dogs, was selected as the Volunteer of the year by the King County Sheriff. Over 300 missions thus far in her 16 year career. We are very proud! Ed Christian, the distinguished gentleman on the right of the photo, is the King County Search and Rescue Coordinator and was recognized as King County Deputy of the year at the same ceremony. Wonderful tribute for King County SAR!
King County Search Dogs is holding information sessions for new applicants on Wednesday March 14th and Wednesday March 28th from 7-8PM at the Mercer island Fire Station; 3030 78th Ave SE, Mercer Island. Come meet some of the Members of KCSD and learn more about the application process and training to be a search dogs handler or support specialist.
K9 Oso and his handler Heather passed the KCSD airscent pre-test on Saturday finding both his ‘subjects’ in less than 90 minutes. The team is now available for missions within King County. Oso is an expert locksmith/escape artist as well as an up-and-coming search dog and is named after Oso, Washington where Heather participated in the search activities after the tragic 2014 landslide.
The Issaquah Times has a great write-up on the King County Search Dogs that describes many facets of the unit’s mission and training activities. It features Issaquah-resident Joan and her dog Artoo and includes a gallery of wonderful photos from one of our Wednesday evening training sessions.
King County Search Dogs and Seattle Mountain Rescue visited the John Muir School in Redmond earlier this year. They read a story about search dogs as part of a reading promotion program and then did a demonstration where some of the dogs searched for teachers hiding in the playground. Everyone had a good time judging by the many thoughtful thank-you notes the children sent as you can see in the sample below. If you are interested in having King County Search Dogs participate in a program at your school please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here to see more thank you […]
Listen to a great in-depth interview with KCSD’s current President Heather Jo Cutting being interviewed by Sean McDaniel on ‘The Dog’s Way” Podcast. Learn about: How and when King County Search Dogs are called out, What sort of dogs are good for searching in the pacific northwest, and the training required to be an effective search dog. You can hear the entire podcast using the embedded player below or by going to ‘The Dog’s Way’ website.
#KingCountySearchDogs has some news! We have two new dog teams qualified to deploy on in-county airscent missions and two new human remains detection teams! Congratulations to the following dogs (and their humans.) K9 Tule (in-county airscent,) K9 Artoo (in-county airscent,) K9 Jack (human remains detection,) and K9 Natick (human remains detection.)
Tule and Mathew passed their airscent certification test with flying colors last Saturday and are now ready for in-county and out-of-county search missions. A wonderful accomplishment! The test subjects were especially happy that Tule found them quickly on such a cool wet day. CONGRATS MATHEW & TULE!