I have started this blog to introduce myself and my dog, talk about training, and tips, tell folks where to go to get more information on specific subjects, review dog-related products, as well as to let folks know about various training opportunities.
My name is Claudia and I have recently retired from the US Air Force as a Military Working Dog handler. Now retired, I devote my time to the training of myself and my dog in Search & Rescue activities. Zephyr is a Dutch Shepherd dog, and we are training in Trailing work, as well as Firearms detection. Phoenix Working Dogs is the name of my fledgling dog business, and the root of Zephyr’s UKC registered name; ‘Phoenix’s Rising Star v Cher Car’, aka Zephyr. Zephyr is the first purebred, registered dog that I have ever owned, and she is my Rising Star. Life is an adventure with this girl and she keeps me on my toes!
I highly encourage anyone to get involved in SAR, however it is a huge commitment, and can be somewhat of a financial drain. SAR workers are competely volunteer, which means they receive no financial compensation for their time, efforts, or any personal gear that they purchase. With that said, it is also extremely rewarding to be able to help others in a time of need.
To get involved in the world of SAR, I recommend you check out your local or State’s Emergency Services department. That is a great place to start in order to find the teams that will work for you. In many states, mostly our western states, SAR is governed through the state’s County Sheriff’s offices. Then there is the East and Mid-West states, where most teams are not governed by any organization, but are simply private organizations. If you live in an area where SAR teams are private teams, I strongly encourage you to check them out thoroughly with local and state authorities. I only say this, because as with any endeavor, there are a few ‘bad apples’ out there. Generally, most SAR folks are great people and will warmly welcome you to the team, and help you on your way to becoming a certified Search team member.
For me, K-9 SAR means the world. Dogs are my life, my passion, and to be honest, “it’s all about dogs!” I try real hard to keep my sometimes brutally honest opinions in check, but sometimes that just leaks out. I do not intentionally criticize or judge anyone, rather I tend to judge ‘methods.’ Actually I question some strange sounding methods, so it’s not so much judging. Really typing and reading words on a page, we sometimes lose that ability to really ‘hear’ how someone is trying to communicate.
I thank you for reading along so far, and please come back to see what we have been up to.
Have a great day, and summer, and get out there and enjoy life with your best dog friend! 🙂