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Thank You Digital Lift!

Thank You Digital Lift!

We are incredibly grateful to be the recipients of a grant from Digital Lift so we can upgrade our Zoom license to the webinar format. This will allow us to continue our mission to deliver educational content to more K9 SAR Volunteers.

Digital Lift’s objective of this initial grant offering is to help remove the cost barrier to bringing new “software as a service” platforms to nonprofits across the country.

As a smaller nonprofit, we are thankful for the assistance provided to us!

CSD Members’ Book is Published!

CSD Members’ Book is Published!

We are all so proud and happy that the book “A Dog’s Devotion – True Adventures of a K9 Search and Rescue Team” written by CSD’s very own Suzanne Elshult and Guy Mansfield has been published! This book represents a collection of real-life Search and Rescue stories that resonate with many who volunteer their time to search for the lost and the missing.

True to their dedication to the Search and Rescue community, Suzanne and Guy will be donating a portion of their proceeds to local SAR organizations, including CSD. If you are interested in learning more about the book or ordering it, you can find it on Amazon.

Workshop with K9Sensus Foundation is a Wrap!

Workshop with K9Sensus Foundation is a Wrap!

3 days of learning over in a flash!  We were so pleased to bring Robin Greubel with the K9Sensus Foundation to the Pacific Northwest.  K9 teams and auditors worked hard to improve their skills and we all got to enjoy the company of great people and wonderful dogs!

We cannot host incredible instructors like Robin without support.  We were fortunate enough to receive a grant from the Tulalip Tribes Charitable Fund which helped offset the cost of attendance and allowed us to award scholarships to several deserving teams!  This support allows us to provide exceptional training to local volunteer search and rescue handlers and helps us to contribute to making sure that quality K9 teams are deployed to search for the lost and the missing.

Congratulations!

Congratulations!

On September 17, 2022 CSD Members Suzanne Elshult with K9’s Keb and Kili, and Dan Merrifield with K9 Belle, passed their third party Canine Forensics Foundation Historical Human Remains Detection certification!

This kind of work requires fine gridding and dogs trained to be very methodical as they search for ancient graves and very old cold cases. Work is done in tandem with archeologists and historians along with utilizing special technology such as ground penetrating radar.

While K9’s Keb and Kili are also currently certified in crime scene human remains detection, this was K9 Belle’s first certification – achieved at 16 months old!

We are proud of the work done by these teams and we look forward to continuing on their journey with them.

Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks

Finding space to train our search dogs is always a challenge, so we were so grateful to be able to train recently at a wonderful spot courtesy of Harold and Moira. They generously allowed us to use their fabulous Sniffspot for an evening of training!

You can book their lovely forest to enjoy with your own dogs here:

https://www.sniffspot.com/…/a-walk-in-dons-woods-2571

We are always looking for community partners who are willing to let us use their properties. It can be forested or grassy areas, buildings and various other types of areas. If you have a place in or around Snohomish County you would be willing to let us use, please email us at info@csdk9.org

Keb is a Finalist for American Humane Hero Dog!

Keb is a Finalist for American Humane Hero Dog!

We are beyond thrilled to learn that our very own K9 Keb has been selected as a 2022 Search and Rescue Dog Finalist in the American Humane Hero Dog Competition!  She was selected as the Hero Dog in the Search and Rescue Category and will now join six other American Humane Hero Dogs in vying for the overall title of “American Humane Hero Dog.”

We are so thankful for all of our supporters, as well as the blue-ribbon panel of celebrities, animal care professionals and advisors involved in making the selection.

We also want to recognize K9 Lincoln and K9 Loki, Keb’s fellow nominees in the Search and Rescue category. In our mind, they are all true hero dogs for their service and dedication.

The final round of voting (for the overall American Hero Dog Award) will take place between August 8 and September 13.

You can vote daily here:  https://www.herodogawards.org/dog/2022/search-and-rescue/keb

K9 Keb Goes on TV!

K9 Keb Goes on TV!

Recently our President, Suzanne Elshult, and search dog Keb were featured on a segment on the New Day show on King TV.

Suzanne shared Keb’s work in helping to bring home the lost and the missing. Keb was totally unfazed by the bright lights and all the attention!

You can watch the segment here.

They also talked about Keb being one of 3 national semi-finalists in the American Humane Hero Dog Awards in the Search & Rescue category.

Go here to vote for Keb daily until July 22!

Advanced Markers & Reward Systems Seminar is a Wrap!

Advanced Markers & Reward Systems Seminar is a Wrap!

We were thrilled to host the Advanced Markers and Reward Systems seminar taught by Jo Huxel of Wildfang Canine Consulting.

The class was filled with “ah ha” moments, deep thinking about how we communicate with our dogs and applications of multiple maker systems, including specific markers to facilitate clear training loops and set dogs up for success.

Thanks to all of the handlers and auditors for their thoughtful questions and discussion and special thanks to A Canine Experience Inc for partnering with us and hosting the seminar in their training arena. 

K9 Keb Made the Semi-Finals!

K9 Keb Made the Semi-Finals!

Congratulations to K9 Keb who made it into the semi-finals for the American Humane Hero Dog Awards as one of three dogs in the Search and Rescue category!

The American Humane Hero Dog Awards is an annual, nationwide competition that recognizes the heroes on both end of the leash.

The next round of voting is now open and you can vote for Keb daily until July 22:

https://www.herodogawards.org/dog/2022/search-and-rescue/keb.