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I'm not sure if anyone remembers me posting about 6 weeks ago about Wigeon's evaluation as a search and rescue dog but she and my husband have been training a lot since then. They both are very enthusiastic and Wigeon is such a natural that it's been a lot of fun for him and for me to watch some of the training sessions and participate as a lost person. Even though she is her father's daughter and thus has a penchant for games and learning of any time I am still amazed at her ability. She's not quite an official member of the team yet but working on it!

Edit to say if you look close you can see a bell on her back in the first photo - it's at least 75 years old and was my grandpa's bell for many of his pointing dogs and then my dad's for a couple of his too.





 

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Forgive my ignorance, but if she becomes full fledged rescue, does that mean that she goes and lives with a human partner with the rescue team, or does she always remain your family pet, and only "on call" to do rescue when needed?
 
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Forgive my ignorance, but if she becomes full fledged rescue, does that mean that she goes and lives with a human partner with the rescue team, or does she always remain your family pet, and only "on call" to do rescue when needed?
My husband is her human partner! He is a sergeant with the NH state police and has always wanted to get involved in having a canine partner, however he has been a commander with the SWAT team for several years now which takes up a lot of his time. This will hopefully give him a way to do both. He is lobbying right now for her to become a member of the state police as an "on call" dog. All of their current dogs which are either patrol/drug/tracking dogs (German Shepherds) or bomb dogs are on duty with the trooper so this would be different situation where she will be deployed as needed and my husband can still perform his duties on the SWAT team and as a supervisor. Things look good for this to happen but that will be in at least a year. There is a real need for SAR dogs since the first responder to a lost child or elderly person is a police tracking dog which stays on the exact track wasting time (a child can wander around and around for hours) and also they are trained to attack once they find someone since they are mostly searching for a criminal that fled. Police of course are on scene much faster than a volunteer could be so that is how a call typically goes. My husband hopes to change that.
 

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I know that Paula with Jeb, the Coonhound, who took 4th at the National Obedience does search and rescue with Jeb. They are on stand-by and Paula gets called in by the sheriff when Jeb's services are needed. I believe Jeb is also a drug sniffing dog, but not sure on this one. It is hard work and not rewarded by a find most of the time in real life situations. As Sharon said, a person can be going in circles, etc. and the scent is lost. I think the scent work is unlike any other dog work because the handler has to rely on the dog more so than in any other venues. But it is such a noble endeavor!

I hope Wigeon will soon become an official search and rescue dog and do much good. She looks very smart and beautiful in her new attire.
 

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That is so cool! You guys must be beaming with proudness. ;D She looks absolutely stunning in those pictures!
 
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Aw, go Wigeon! Those are great photos, I especially like the one in the middle. She's a beauty all right, and I hope that she gets to be a part of the team :D
 

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This is so cool. It will be fun to follow their progress thru training.
 

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Beautiful pictures! It's such an amazing thing that your husband and Wigeon are doing. I love the history of the bell.
 
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