K9 TEAM

Certified through the National Association of Search and Rescue (NASAR), the team K9s can find lost and missing persons using different methods and tools: tracking/trailing, area searching, and human remains detection.

All of the team K9s are scent discriminating, meaning they search only for the specific person they have been asked to find; how they find that person depends on the dog. Some of our K9s search using trailing, which precisely as it sounds, means they put their noses to the ground and follow the trail of the lost person. Other K9s are air scenting, using wind currents and tracking the scent in the air, working off-lead, and often covering a much larger physical area. Many of our K9s are certified in human remains detection (HRD) to identify bones and cremated remains, including submerged and buried remains. The team K9s regularly practice searching for human remains during training, using cadaver remains hidden at surface level, elevated, and buried. The hard work done by both K9 and handler is challenging but essential in helping to provide closure to loved ones.

Incredibly hard working, the K9s will work for hours to earn their reward, a rubber ball for most, more exciting than food, treats, and belly rubs. While the K9s are working dogs, more importantly, they are members of their handler’s family and can frequently be found enjoying a nap on the couch after a Saturday morning training. Our K9s are cherished teammates, family members, and our 4-legged heroes.

Ayk

Ayk

Age: 6

Breed: Kleiner Münsterländer

Certifications: SARTECH II Area, SARTECH HRD Land, AKC Canine Good Citizen

Handler: Brenda Veitch

Bailey

Bailey

Birthdate: October 19, 2018

Breed: Labrador Retriever

Certifications: SARTECH II Area, SARTECH HRD Land, AKC Canine Good Citizen

Handler: Keith Lonnquist

Favorite Toy: Bailey lives for retrieving, so any ball or frisbee (or stick or pinecone or...) in your hand is now her favorite toy

Halo

Halo

Birthdate: April 4, 2011

Breed: Lab/Pointer Mix

Certifications: SARTECH I Area, SARTECH HRD Land, Evidence Search, AKC Canine Good Citizen

Handler: Patty Baxter

Favorite Toy: A red rubber ball which she cherishes more than food

Fun Fact: One of our more experienced K9's, Halo has hundreds of missions to her credit helping return missing people (including deceased persons) to their families and assisting law enforcement with evidence searches

Hunter

Hunter

Age: 11

Breed: Kleiner Münsterländer

Certifications: SARTECH I Area, SARTECH III Trailing, SARTECH HRD Land, SARTECH HRD Swift Water, Canine Article Search, AKC Canine Good Citizen

Handler: Kim Veitch

Saxby

Saxby

Birthdate: March 22, 2019

Breed: Labrador Retriever

Certifications: SARTECH I Area, SARTECH HRD Land, Canine Article Search, AKC Canine Good Citizen

Handler: Jay Christianson

Favorite Toy: Stuffed Chainsaw

Fun Fact: Named for a henchman in the James Bond movie, Diamonds Are Forever

Sora

Sora

Birthdate: January 28, 2021

Breed: Bloodhound from Allie Foundation

Certifications: SARTECH III Trailing, AKC Canine Good Citizen

Handler: Betty Spencer

Fun Fact: Loves to play with chew toys and will eat any treat

Sukuu

Sukuu

Birthdate: August 8, 2019

Breed: Bloodhound from Allie Foundation

Certifications: SARTECH III Trailing, AKC Canine Good Citizen

Handler: Tom Spencer

Fun Fact: Loves to play with his sister Sora

Tor

Tor

Birthdate: April 10, 2018

Breed: White German Shepherd

Certifications: In Training- SARTECH III Area, AKC Canine Good Citizen

Handler: Matt Ferguson

Favorite Toy: Landfill Pig

Fun Fact: Smarter than his handler