Published: Tuesday, March 27, 2018
We had the absolute pleasure of visiting SARDA Scotland in the Isle of Skye last week and were lucky enough to observe their Annual Assessment Course. We provide SARDA's canine co-workers with complimentary food and accessories.
Ken, Phil and Angus were so accommodating, they gave us a brilliant tour of the Carbost area, eagerly answered all our questions and gave us a fantastic insight into life on the search.
We also met their beautiful pooches, Jess and Kaniq who are trained to use their acute sense of smell to detect human scent in the air. Both dog and handler form a highly efficient team and can work in all weathers, day and night to find missing people.
It's worth noting that SARDA volunteers receive no payment for their contribution, and the team is made up of people all over Scotland who may well receive a call on a Saturday afternoon and have to travel a few hours to the location and work through the night on a search and rescue mission. Aside from the altruism of potentially saving someone's life, handlers say that the human and animal bond gives them a great deal of satisfaction.
Phil, Ken and Angus pictured with Jess and Kaniq.
The Burns van delivering food to the hard working dogs. The Cuillin makes a stunning backdrop.
Beautiful search dog Jess photographed at Sligachan with Marsco in the distance.
Jess takes a break in the bushes.
Preparing for the search.
Phil acting as a body for the dog to sniff out.
The human and animal bond is truly remarkable.
Spencer, Petra and Alistair watching an assessment take place on Skye's highest peak Sgurr Alasdair in the cloud beyond.
Thank you, SARDA!
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