Dog remains loyal to her owner


Washington state deputies may never have found a missing hiker if it wasn’t for his loyal dog. The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department set out to find a 64-year-old man after his wife called and reported that her husband, his car and their dog, Daisy, were missing from their home in the Eatonville area, authorities said. The man had gone hiking Wednesday, but did not return by nightfall, The News Tribune in Tacoma reported. “The missing man reportedly often went hiking with his dog but did not leave a note where he was going and had failed to return home after dark,” the sheriff’s department said. “The man’s wife reported finding recent internet searches by her husband for geocaching in the Evans Creek area.” Authorities searched the area but had no luck. By 4:45 p.m., they had found his vehicle, which had a list of geocache locations that the team mapped out and set out to look through. It wasn’t until nearly 6 p.m., when a deputy searching through one of the locations was startled by the sound of barking. “The deputy continued hiking toward the sound of the dog’s barking and spotted a dog matching the description of Daisy up a very steep embankment above the Marshall River,” the sheriff’s department said. The deputy climbed another thirty (30) minutes through thick woods until he reached the dog, who was by his owner. The man was deceased from what appeared to be injuries from a fall, the sheriff’s department said. It did not identify him. Daisy “This was a very sad end to a tough search, but we are incredibly proud of our deputies and the volunteers efforts to find the missing man and return him to his family,” the department said. “Without the barking of his loyal companion Daisy, we never would have located the missing man.” Source: Christina Maxouris, CNN, [KOIN] and NSDA May Newsletter

Support a Search & Rescue dog handler searching for missing WWII veterans

K9 Cayvun and her handler have been invited to join a larger group, Kolibri Forensics, in searching for US MIA Soldiers still missing in Germany from WWII. Funds raised on their Facebook page will assist with funding the necessary extra expenses associated with this trip. These include but are not limited to, veterinary health certificates, food, equipment and a little extra space on the airplane for Cayvun to stretch out on the long flight.

Please help this team if you can. They search to bring closure to families worldwide.

K9 Cayvun

Paws to Fight Crime

Anyone who knows me, knows that I strongly support our law enforcement officers and my community.

Our County here in Jackson County, Oregon, is in dire need of a new jail. They are looking to build an 800 bed jail, increased from the current 300+ bed jail. But some of our communities in the County are opposed to the Sheriff’s proposal to fund this necessary new jail.

Our jail is so small, and crime is so high, that our law enforcement officers are doing their job, and catching these criminals. But due to the small jail size, many of these criminals are released within 24-48 hours. The criminals know they will be out, and free to conduct their illegal activities once again, impacting the good citizens of our County.

So with that in mind, I am going to work, and do my own SMALL part to help raise funds for my community. As an AKC CGC evaluator, I am going to be conducting Canine Good Citizen tests, with the funds raised being donated to my County for the new jail.

I understand this is a very small part, but if each one of Jackson County’s citizens did something similar, using their own talents or skills, just imagine what we could accomplish.

And this could also be done in each and every one of our cities, counties, and states across this great nation of our’s. So get out there and support your community! Every one of us has a specific talent or skill. Go use it. Go Be Great Today!!

Hug your dog a little tighter

It is with great sadness that I say, the Dutch Shepherd world has lost a super dog; Zephyr’s identical sister, Sadie. My heart goes out to Sadie’s family. I just cannot even imagine. Zephyr and I are both truly saddened.


The Mark Redwine case. More scientific research needed to evolve case law to include human remains detection dogs.

This case is a very good example of why we need more scientific research into the use human remains detection dogs. With more good, valid scientific research, our case law can then evolve to make it fit the use of these newer invaluable resources.

These detection dogs, are trained differently than most other detection dogs, drug and bomb dogs immediately come to mind. Most detection dog handlers will go to great lengths to ensure that their dogs do not react nor alert to residual odors. But in the case of human remains detection dogs, that is exactly what they are working; residual odor. A dead body can be in place for weeks, or months, even having the remains scattered by scavengers in the wild, as well as decomposing, among things, such as time, animal feces, extreme temperatures and weather, etc. Given these circumstances, the dogs are not working “fresh” odors.

Detection dogs are not alerting to the physical presence of a specific drug explosive, or in this case, a dead body. What dogs are, in fact, alerting to, is the presence of a trained target ODOR. When a detection dog works, he is locating an odor, working it, and following it to the place where the odor concentration is the strongest, and then he gives his trained final response, TFR. No handler should ever say, that there is a physical presence of a drug, explosive, or dead body here. The dog’s actions are not telling you this. The dog’s actions are telling you, that he has located an ODOR of one of his trained target odors. It is very important for handlers to learn HOW to word their reports to authorities, when their dog alerts. Your wording can greatly impact whether LE receives a search authorization.

So now, our case law and the ways in which these handlers train and work, must evolve to working under some good, valid scientific research, that can be incorporated into new case law. Until that happens, I’m afraid we will continue to see smart defense attornies try to discredit these dogs and handlers in the ways in which they work and train.



I sincerely apologize to all, but due to potential liability concerns, Phoenix Working Dogs will no longer offer training of any kind to the public.

We will, of course, continue to refer you to other trainers that may be able to help you with your specific needs.

Run Your Dog for the Real Victims, Not for the Certification Standards!

If you work a search dog, you must ensure that you are training effectively. Stop training for those certification standards, and start training for the realistic search.

This means that you must train on double blind problems, if you want to be an effective and reliable search team. In double blind problems, you know nothing about the training search, and neither does your flanker, or anyone that will accompany you on your search. Double blinds also mean that you train in unknown locations and use unknown subjects, to you and your dog. Hmm, that’s a lot like a real life search, isn’t it? So why don’t more teams train this way? IMO, it is just not realizing what they are doing. They are either not comfortable with their training or they just do not trust their dog enough.

If you don’t do these things, then by always using known factors, your dog is simply running on “auto pilot” to complete the search. I have watched dogs do this. You bring them to the start of the problem, and they look around, sniffing the air, to see who is there, as well as who is missing. They learn, by your previous scent problems, to search for that missing team member’s scent. So when it comes to an actual search, that dog is looking around for who is not there, and then begins to search based on those missing known scents, rather than working the target scent from your scent article, in the case of scent specific dogs. Non scent specific dogs, commonly known as the air scent dogs will do the same, by looking for those ‘missing’ known scents first. To preclude your dog from wasting precious time on a search by searching for those missing known scents, before he reverts to searching for any human scent, you must train using those unknown subjects, or better yet, train that air scent dog to be scent specific. I have watched air scent dogs run right by me, within 5 minutes of the start, when I was the “subject,” never alerting to the handler. The dogs continued on to search for 20 minutes, finally coming back to me, and then alerting their handlers. This was all due to those particular handlers never training using unknown subjects. You can easily combat this, by changing up your trainings, using those unknown factors in your trainings on a regular, at least monthly basis.

Another way, to combat this issue, in addition to using ‘unknowns’ in your training is to train your dog for scent specific work, regardless of his discipline. I approached this subject for ALL live find dogs, and I was summarily dismissed, rather rudely. But now, there are more teams that are training their air scent dogs to be scent specific. And here’s the good part, training for scent specific, takes no more time to train, then it does for non scent specific.

I am not suggesting to start new dogs and young puppies out on the unknown problems immediately. You must imprint them first on what you want them to do, but then you must graduate them to the next level. The key is to not let them stagnate, by keeping them at the same level of training, whether for the handler’s ego, for ease of training, or to always want to mark “satisfactory” in the dog’s records. A failure in training is not a bad thing. Rather it is a great learning experience. It is a benchmark, telling you, the handler, just what you need to work on. I have personally witnessed several teams that train like this, using only known subjects and known training locations. By doing so, you are only hurting yourselves, and your future real life subjects, by failing to train realistically.

Vote for the Horse with the Most Heart on Google Docs

This may be about a working horse, and not a dog, but this story is remarkable, as to what a good animal can do for their handler.
Please vote for Roxy, aka “Make Me Cash Bad Chex” if you can find it in you.

The story from Roxy’s rider.

I like spreading awareness & hope through our story. Almost all insurance companies value Roxy at $0 with her history but to me she is priceless. Thank you for considering her for your voting. #VoteRoxy #HorseWithTheMostHeartJust Breathe and Run1 hr ·

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🌹 Roxy🌹

“I am thankful that this race, Just Breathe And Run, has given me the opportunity to nominate my horse Roxy for “Horse With The Most Heart”. From the very first moment I met Roxy I knew that she was special. She always tries so hard for me no matter what we are doing. Prior to the year 2015, Roxy and I ran mostly in the 3D with an occasional 2D spot. At that time in our career we had been a team for a few years and had only won one buckle and a bracelet—but I knew there was more in her.

May 30, 2015, everything happened so quickly. The next thing we knew; we were on a 2 ½ hour drive to Bend Equine Medical Center where we were told by staff Roxy needed exploratory surgery immediately or she was going to die. The price was an unknown and we had no medical insurance on Roxy. We had to make a big financial decision on doing the surgery which wasn’t a guarantee to save her life. The other option was euthanasia and put her out of her suffering. We chose to move forward with the exploratory surgery. The operation proved she had a twisted small intestine. The surgeon had to cut the dead bowel out and resect it. Small intestine surgery has the most complications post operatively compared to large intestine surgery. The recovery was long and required lots of post operative care. The incision site was so large that months later after her staples were removed from her belly I was still finding random staples in her stomach that I would pull out. Her medical bill was the most expensive bill we owned other than our house.

Roxy is more than a great recovery story after small intestine resection surgery. Once back to full health, she started clocking times we had never experienced before. One of our first runs back was on a full standard pattern and she hit a 17.5. Prior runs, our best was a 18.3. We hit more races and she was winning. We started going to bigger races because we were somehow doing the best we had ever done. In a little over a year Roxy won back every dime of the cost of her surgery.

These past four years have been amazing to say the least. Roxy and I went from a 3D winning team, to a mostly 1D winning team. We have won several 1D saddles, 10+ 1D buckles. We have ran at several races with American qualifier races and our times ran in those races would have qualified us for the American had that been my goals. I have been told multiple times that she is one of those one in a million horses and I will probably never own another one like her in my lifetime. I do believe this to be true. Roxy loves to run barrels. She runs the same pattern every time. She hates it when I ride other horses or pull out of the driveway with the trailer without her. One thing is for sure, there is no medical explanations why she has transformed into a winning 1D barrel horse. I feel blessed to be her jockey and ride this ride for as long as she so desires.

I have shared Roxy’s story on a Facebook page named “Roxy-life after colic surgery”. Her story has helped a few people make the hard decision of paying for the colic surgery rather than putting the horse down. One individual said that the only hope she had for her devistating situation is Roxy’s success story.

I have shared Roxy’s story on a Facebook page named “Roxy-life after colic surgery”. Her story has helped a few people make the hard decision of paying for the colic surgery rather than putting the horse down. One individual said that the only hope she had for her devistating situation is Roxy’s success story.

I am nominating Roxy for the horse with the most heart because she overcame the odds. Something in Roxy shifted and she became better after surgery with no medical explanations on how that could happen. She went on to win the cost of her surgery, plus much more. Her success story has helped other horse owners to persue surgery rather than euthanasia. She is also a very rare colic surgery success beings it was her small intestine that was resected. Her heart is so big, at 17 years young she is running that same flawless barrel run with my 10 year old daughter for her dream to qualify at the Jr World Championship in Las Vegas.

Her story is not over because in some ways it’s just beginning. When you meet Roxy, you learn through her life experiences to never give up because even the impossible seems possible.”

You can vote for Roxy to be the 2019 Just Breathe and Run Horse With The Most Heart on the link below!…/1FAIpQLScTQZQUtAe0p6hbPX…/viewform