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In Memorium – K9 Keb 2010 – 2024

In Memorium – K9 Keb 2010 – 2024

From her early days, it was clear that Keb was meant for SAR.  From a little yellow ball of fluff, she soon earned her first certification in Wilderness Airscent where many learned of her powerful jump alerts that earned her the nickname “The Kebinator”.  She continued to excel, achieving certifications in Avalanche, First Responder Disaster, Human Remains Detection and Historical/Archeological Human Remains Detection with her owner Suzanne Elshult.

In 2022 she was featured as the main character in an award-winning book – A Dog’s Devotion: True Adventures of a K9 Search and Rescue Team.  Later that same year she would be named the American Humane SAR Hero Dog in recognition of her contributions to bringing home the lost and the missing.

Whether being dropped in by helicopter to search the high snowfields at Mt. Rainier or the slow, methodical work in an historic cemetery, Keb gave it her all.  Always ready to go, always ready to search, and when the work was done, a game of fetch with her beloved ball.

Your work here is done, Keb.  Rest easy, we’ll take it from here.

Congratulations Team Parker!

Congratulations Team Parker!

Congratulations to our team President Janiece Miller and K9 Parker on achieving their Airscent recertification with SARDUS!

We are proud of the great work that this team continues to do.

Meet Cider!

Meet Cider!

Oh, Cider – the places you will go training for Disaster/Live Find with Handler Candice! You’ll be learning from big brother Mo who already has his certification in Disaster/Live Find.

Welcome to the Team!

Happy Birthday, K9 Keb!

Happy Birthday, K9 Keb!

This past weekend the team helped K9 Keb celebrate her 14th birthday! She got a very special “pup” cake to enjoy.

Welcome to Our Latest Team Member!

Welcome to Our Latest Team Member!

Please join us in welcoming the latest addition to the team – K9 Zigmund (meaning: Victorious Protector) – better known as Ziggy!

His handler is Founding CSD Member Chris Terpstra who currently works his black lab, Makalu.

Ziggy – you have some big “paws” to fill, and we look forward to all the great things you will do in life!

Yakama descendants search for relatives’ remains at Mool-Mool, or Fort Simcoe Historical State Park

Yakama descendants search for relatives’ remains at Mool-Mool, or Fort Simcoe Historical State Park

Several of our CSD members have had the great honor to work alongside members of the Yakama Nation in the search for unmarked graves on the site of a Native American Boarding School just outside White Swan, WA.

To date our team has been to the site twice with our dogs that are trained in Historical Human Remains Detection. The work goes on to bring light to a dark part of our American History.

You can read the news story by reporter Anna King here: https://www.nwnewsnetwork.org/2023-11-17/yakama-descendants-search-for-relatives-remains-at-mool-mool-or-fort-simcoe-historical-state-park

K9 Keb Inducted into Hall of Fame!

K9 Keb Inducted into Hall of Fame!

We just learned that K9 Keb has been inducted into the prestigious Hero Dog Hall of Fame at American Humane!

Keb was chosen as the 2022 National Hero Dog in the Search and Rescue Category.

Nearing 14 years old, Keb is now retired but we are honored by her presence on our team!

Carpet Liquidators Fundraiser a Success!

Carpet Liquidators Fundraiser a Success!

During the month of September, Carpet Liquidators held a benefit fundraiser for Cascadia Search Dogs and Northwest Disaster Search Dogs.

Carpet Liquidators earmarked 10% of select retail sales in September, totaling $61,890, for the fundraising effort. Each organization has received $30,945.

“We wanted to support and spotlight the work of these tremendous dogs and their handlers and the important role they play in search and rescue efforts in our region and beyond,” said Michael Fleming, owner of Carpet Liquidators, with seven Western Washington locations.

We are so grateful for this significant donation to our team!

Celebrating 5 years of service!

Celebrating 5 years of service!

We’re celebrating 5 years of service to our K9 SAR Community!

In September 2018, 15 like-minded K9 SAR team members came together to form a new organization – Cascadia Search Dogs!

From our years of experience training and deploying on K9 search missions, we knew that the best outcomes are achieved when teams are well-trained.  We also believed that training needed to move beyond the traditional peer-based model that rarely reached beyond county lines.

Our vision was to create an organization that could create new avenues for learning while bringing together teams from across the Pacific Northwest.

Could we do it?  Could we find the funding that would allow us to offer classes and trainings at reduced costs, and even offer scholarships?

And after 5 years, we can say resoundingly that the answer is Yes!  We have found funding support from community foundations and private donors who believe in the work we do.  We’ve expanded from just a few offerings a year to 8 different, multi-day workshops offered in 2023.  This year our menu of workshops and seminars has brought in top Master Trainers from around the country and has included trainings in Avalanche, Trailing, Reward Systems, Problem Solving and Legal Considerations for K9 Handlers. 

We have a website that has a robust Resource page to aid K9 handlers in their training and we regularly hold open trainings that bring together individuals from different teams where we can share learning and best practices.

This year we have also participated in several community service projects.  Using dogs that are specially trained and certified in Historic Human Remains Detection, we have assisted in efforts to located unmarked graves in an historic cemetery and at the site of a Native American Boarding School.

We are proud of what we bring to the K9 SAR community and look forward to continuing this work for many years to come!

Carpet Liquidators Supports Search Dogs!

Carpet Liquidators Supports Search Dogs!

Cascadia Search Dogs (CSD) and Northwest Disaster Search Dogs (NDSD) are excited to be the beneficiaries of a month-long promotion by locally owned Carpet Liquidators!

During the month of September, Carpet Liquidators is donating 10% of select retail sales to CSD and NDSD.

Yellow dog sitting up

“We are proud to support the efforts of these locally supporting and deploying all-volunteer organizations, which don’t always receive the credit they deserve” said Michael Fleming, owner of Carpet Liquidators, with seven Western Washington locations.

September is a great month to purchase carpet from Carpet Liquidators and support two local search and rescue organizations!

Congratulations Candice and K9 Mo!

Congratulations Candice and K9 Mo!

We are so proud of our team member Candice and her K9 partner Monet (better known as Mo!) for passing their USAR (Disaster-Live-Find) Certification Evaluation, hosted by Washington Task Force 1.

This team works hard to maintain their readiness to respond should disaster strike and this means achieving a national third-party certification. Candice and Mo deploy with Northwest Disaster Search Dogs.

Way to go, Team!