Congratulations Suzanne and Keb!

Congratulations to Suzanne and K9 Keb on their recertification with the North American Police Work Dog Association (NAPWDA) in human remains detection! This test consists of locating 12 odors in a variety of locations including wilderness, buried, water, rubble, vehicles and buildings. In addition, they must pass an obedience test!

Eye Exams courtesy of ACVO StokesRx

Two K9s at vet eye exam

K9 Moxie K9 Ember

Each year ACVO StokesRx provides free eye exams for service and working animals.  A record-breaking 305 board-certified veterinary ophthalmologists generously donated their time and services for the event this year.

K9’s Moxie and Ember got their annual eye exam at NW Animal Eye in Kirkland.

 

 

Congratulations to our team members on their recent Avalanche Search certifications!

Handler Chris and K9 MakaluCongratulations to Chris and K9 Makalu for achieving their first Avalanche Search Certification.Handler Suzanne and K9 Keb

And congratulations as well to Suzanne and K9 Keb for their recertification in Avalanche Search. They received their first Avalanche Certification in 2016.

Their certifications were achieved under the auspices of the National Search Dog Alliance.

Way to go teams!

 

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Congratulations to Suzanne and K9 Keb on their recent recertification!

Handler Suzanne and search dog Keb sitting on a rockCongratulations to Suzanne and K9 Keb on their  recent airscent recertification using our new protocol of live along with large source.  In this test, the team must locate both a live human and a large source of human remains with the K9 demonstrating their final trained behavior for both types of subjects.  They were the first of our new team to test under this new protocol.

They successfully completed the test in record time!

 

End of Watch – K9 Bosse (2001 -2017)

Search dog Bosse searching woodpileK9 Bosse was a treasured member of our SAR family, working alongside his partner, Suzanne Elshult.  As a certified wilderness airscent K9, Bosse jumped out of helicopters, rappelled, climbed and helped to bring home the lost and missing.  When his search career ended at age 13, he went on to educate the public at many,many public relations events and to help out new handlers on our team.  Who can forget that high head pop and prancing step when he found someone – he knew “hottie doggies” were on the way!

 

 

RIP K9 Bosse – End of Watch, 2001 – 2017