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Caithness News Bulletins March 2007
|Search And Rescue Dog Association Scotland|
81 Climbers Missing in Glencoe - But It's Only an
Exercise This Time
This year, 9 dogs and handlers are being put through their paces and will be judged on each of 9 mountain searches. Only if they consistently find the practice casualties, will dogs be successful.
Allison Todd, a community beat police constable from Inverurie and a member of Grampian Police Mountain Rescue Team is hoping her collie Midge will do well. “I have been training for this for nearly two years. Midge has a brilliant nose, a great temperament and loves people. You could not want a better dog for the job – I only hope the assessors agree!”
Handlers will know by Sunday evening whether they have passed the assessment. “That is when the hard work really starts, being called at all hours, searching in all weathers then having the long journey home,” jokes Secretary and assessor, Graeme Dalby “but it is all worth it when the missing person is found.”