Search Dog Toohey becomes fully qualified!
On a wild mountain side in the Brecon Beacons in December, DSRTP team member Rob Heath, and his pet dog Toohey, undertook a gruelling three day Mountain Rescue Search Dog assessment in horrendous weather conditions. This dedication in these conditions appropriately sum up the daily training that had taken place for years including monthly journeys to train with other search dog teams in wild places all over the country.
After 3 years of intensive training, and 2 years of being on the operational call out list he was the only dog and handler team, out of five others from various Mountain Rescue teams in England and Wales, that passed and upgraded to the status of “Full Search Dog”, which is the highest qualification that can be achieved within this voluntary organisation.
Toohey joins Sunny, our other operational “Full Search Dog” within out team search protocols. Toothy is also available to be called out independent of DSRTP by the emergency services as part of the “Search and Rescue Dog Association” group assisting in life saving search and rescue operations that DSRTP aren’t necessarily involved in. This involves being called into incidents across a very wide area of the south west and nationally where required.
DSRTP would like to thank Rob and Toohey for their dedication during this extraordinarily dedicated training period. As a volunteer, this dedication deserves the greatest recognition. This is also a good time to thanks Alan and search dog Sunny for their years of valuable service to date!
Rob and Toohey will continue their monthly national training weekends, now helping other search dogs and handlers become full trained up “Full Search Dogs”.
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