Arizona Search Dogs

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Rogue...

Breed – Black Lab

Status – Certified. Rogue is an extremely talented disaster search dog. He came to us as a puppy from a breeder in Kansas. Actually we had gone to Kansas to pick up a brother to Rogue and while in contact with the breeder she kept telling us about this last puppy no one seemed to want. When we arrived Rogue was still a puppy without a home and the last pup left from the litter. There was no doubt Rogue wanted to work and did his best to convince us that going in debt for a second pup was worth the risk. Wish we had 20 Rogues!!! Rogue is our biggest dog, may be the best looking and without a doubt was born to be a disaster search dog. If you are trapped in rubble or lost, Rogue is your dog of choice if you want to be found ASAP.

Favorite toy – The biggest ball you can find that is attached to a rope.

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Chance…

Breed – Pound puppy, but we think he is at least 99% black Lab.

Status – Retired. Chance deployed with AZ-TF1 to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. He attained FEMA/USAR certification and even now still helps with demos and showing the new pups how things are done. He came to us from Desert Labrador Retriever Rescue. Those awesome folks rescued him from the Maricopa County Animal Care and Control facility on 35th Ave. in Phoenix. He was suffering from Giardia and malnutrition. With the care started by the A, C and C folks along with DLRR our Vet was able to complete the job and bring him to an outstanding level of health. He still thinks he is a big bad search dog and comes out to training every few months. He gets in regular exercise and enjoys retirement complete with his own bedroom and closet full of favorite toys.

Favorite toy – Any stuffed animal, but if given a choice he will pick a stuffed duck from his personal stash.

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Shelby

Breed – Chocolate Lab

Status – Shelby certified in 2007 and has since re-certified. She was donated to our group by an extremely generous and caring man in College Station, Texas. She was raised to be a hunting dog, but her enthusiasm for the “game” made it difficult for her to remain in the boat or on the shore when a duck hit the water. She closely resembled a guided missile, but the launch sequence never included a count down. Capsizing a boat or heading out from shore without looking before you leap may be good for the alligators, but not good for the handler that would have to jump in to rescue her. Maturity and patience has brought her a lot of self control and the ability to work as a team with her handler.

Favorite Toy – Anything from fresh meat to a ball on a rope, but if given a choice she seems partial to Spider man toys and ducks with squeakers.

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Dually…

Breed – Chocolate Lab

Status – Dually certified in 2007 with Shelby in Missouri and recently re-certified in Nevada. Dually came to us as a pup, but on his first day in Arizona developed Parvo. He survived this terrible disease and has grown into an awesome search dog. Dually has certified with 4 different handlers and is one of our “go to” dogs. All you need to do is get him to the search area and stay out of the way. Dually also has a tremendous following…he likes to think of his admirers as fans and personifies the definition of cool.

Favorite toy – Stuffed duck with or without a squeaker.

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Tug...

Breed – Black Lab

Status – Certified. Tug came to us from a breeder here in Arizona. We have never had such a healthy, happy and toy/play driven dog in our group. To remain deployable an Urban Search and Rescue team needs to have at least four certified canine teams. During our deployment to the Gulf Coast for Ike, one of our best dogs passed away. Tug was our next dog in line to certify, but he was young and inexperienced. The day after we returned from Galveston Island, Tug was on a plane to Calif. to take a certification test. Never being on a plane, new smells, new environment, new rubble, new victims…all things we had planned to expose Tug to before asking him to test were suddenly placed on his shoulders. Tug had a blast and passed with time to spare!!!!

Favorite toy – Raw meat, galvanized pipe, lumber or a ball on a rope.

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Ben…

Breed – Black Lab

Status – Certified. Ben came to us from an outstanding breeder here in Arizona along with two other brothers. Both of his brothers are also certified. Hoss is assigned to our Task Force and Pete is with a Task Force in Washington State. Ben certified at 18 months of age with another handler. To take a pup and pair him up with a handler that he has not spent much time with and have them pass a FEMA disaster dog certification test, is way more than awesome. Morning, noon or night Ben is all about going to work. He is a loving dog at home and a maniac on the rubble pile.

Favorite toy – Anything you can buy at Pet Club or make at home…although if you have a grey mallard duck toy, you are Ben’s best friend.

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Hoss…

Breed – Black Lab

Status – Certified. Hoss came to us from an outstanding breeder here in Arizona along with two other brothers. Both of his brothers are also certified. Ben is assigned to our Task Force and Pete is with a Task Force in Washington State. Hoss certified at 18 months of age and is an extremely important member of his family. He has two human sisters that love him a lot and an adopted Mom that may like Hoss more than his Dad/handler :>). While attending his FEMA Canine Search Specialist class in Virginia Hoss was voted the most intense dog of the group.

Favorite toy – STUFFED DUCK with squeaker. This dog lives to destroy any stuffed duck he can get his teeth into and would jump off a cliff for a grey mallard duck toy.

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Mac…

Breed – Pound puppy/Black Lab

Stratus – Certified. Mac came to us from The Arizona Humane Society. He was found running the streets and suffering from a number of illnesses resulting from his time without a home. With outstanding medical care from our Vets, lots of good food, love, patience, time and training Mac has grown to be one of the most dedicated search dogs in our group. Mac loves life, loves to work, loves to play and loves being a member of Arizona Task Force 1. He goes back to the Humane Society about once a year to visit and say Thank You to the people that saw his potential as a working dog and saved his life.

Favorite toy – ANYTHING not attached to a human being…well maybe an occasional finger or arm, but a ball on a rope is Mac’s idea of awesome!!!

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Gunny…

Breed – Black Lab

Status – Gunny is still a pup and came to us from a breeder in South Dakota. It is quite possible he could pass the certification test today, but completing his education and enjoying being a pup will take up most of his time during the next year. At first glance you may think Gunny has too much dedication to his job. He loves to work and any chance at finding a victim and getting in some play time places him at the front of the line during training. His drive and desire to work makes him an extremely special animal. Gunny was donated to our group by a United States Marine that recently retired with 33 years of service to our country.

Favorite toy – Ball on a rope, stuffed duck, tug toy, rolled up towel, bumper, a piece of hose, frayed rope, a glove, a stick, a piece of plastic pipe, empty or full water bottle, an old shoe, galvanized pipe, car battery…Gunny doesn’t care…a toy is a toy to him :>).

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Bear…

Breed – Black Lab

Status – Bear is still a pup and was given to our group by a handler with a Task Force in Nebraska. Pat Morrissey purchased Bear as a pup, raised him through his first year, socialized him, started his formal training and donated him to Arizona Search Dogs. Bear was placed with a new handler and as a team they are a perfect match. Bear continues to mature and learn his job. His play drive is over the top and he loves to work!!!!! With dogs like this coming up in our system the future of our program is in good hands. Bear cannot wait to go to work and you can’t help but smile just watching him wait his turn to search.

Favorite toy – Ball on a rope or a jute tug toy.

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Trooper…

Breed – Black Lab

Status – Certified. Trooper came to us from a Field Trial Trainer in southern Calif. This boy loves to work, loves life, loves having his very own family, loves being a part of Arizona Task Force 1, loves being a part of Arizona Search Dogs, loves searching rubble for victims and loves having a job. Trooper certified with his new handler in four months. Most dogs require 18 months to over two years of training to pass a test. Trooper has the strongest bark alert indicating he has found live human scent of any dog in our group and cannot stop wagging his tail when released onto rubble.

Favorite toy – Black jute tug toy although any toy you have laying around will work just fine.

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PD…

Breed – Yellow Lab

Status – PD is still a pup and doing extremely well in his training. His play drive is a 10/10 and even during the summer he never seems to run out of energy. If you were to ask him what his two most important goals in life are he would tell you Search and Play. This dog has two speeds…one is neutral and occurs for about 10 minutes a day when he is asleep. The other is over drive and this is his gear of choice for the other 23 hours and 50 minutes of each day :>). PD lives to work, train and play. We are not sure PD understands the difference between work and play. For him life is pretty simple…Dad lets him go and he finds people and when he barks those people come out a hole and play with him.

Favorite toy – Anything in the back of your truck, but if he had to make a choice it would probably be a ball on a rope.

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Moose…

Breed – Black Lab

Status – Certified. Moose came to us from just south of Portland. He was with a Field Trial trainer that was going to train him to be a hunting dog and sell him at the start of the next hunting season. Well, that never happened and Moose spent the majority of his young life sitting in a 4 x 6 kennel. In less than a half mile of walking this dog down a dirt road, it was obvious Moose was an exceptional animal. He had a calm demeanor and a focused play drive that would prove to be the gift we needed to make him into one of our best disaster search dogs. Moose has a unique balance of drive, calmness and heart that is nothing less than awesome. If you want a dog that can baby sit a 5 year old, mow the yard, clean the garage and search like a crazed maniac, Moose is your dog.

Favorite toy – Grey stuffed mallard duck.

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Booter…

Breed – Black Lab

Status – Booter is about three quarters though his training and moving forward fast. He is a gentle giant that loves to work and when he gets within a mile of a rubble pile he starts to ramp up into warp drive. His kennel starts to shake, the front door bulges out, noises that resemble something that would more likely come from Freddy Kruger start to echo through your truck. As you pull through the front gate it seems like an explosion is imminent. This dog loves to work and enjoys being around people. It is doubtful he understands the difference between work and play…for him they are one in the same!!!

Favorite toy – One minute it is a ball on a rope. The next minute it is a stuffed duck toy. Another minute later and both toys are in his mouth. Booter loves to retrieve so anything thrown will be brought back soaking wet from dog slobber and covered in dirt.

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Ruggie…

Breed – Black Lab

Status – Ruggie is currently the baby in the group at 15 months old. He is the nicest pup you could ask for at home and a complete search monster at work. One trait we have noticed among our dogs is that good disaster search dogs seem to have good appetites. If this holds true Ruggie is going to be an awesome working dog!!!!!!!!!!!!! The boy loves to eat. His desire to get at a toy is tremendous and when that toy is attached to a live human victim his drive is off the scale. Many times it is difficult to find a balance between work and down time. Good search dogs are not dogs you could place in an average pet home. We are blessed that Ruggie adapts to anything we ask of him. He could be a junk yard dog one day or go with you to a demo at a retirement facility the next day.

Favorite toy – Ball on a rope or a jute tug toy.

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Reo…

Breed – Chocolate Lab

Status - January 8, 1997 – January 16, 2010

Reo was our first certified disaster search dog. He deployed with us to The World Trade Center, a tornado in downtown Dallas/Ft. Worth, Winter Olympics in Salk Lake City, Katrina, Rita and many local searches in the Phoenix area. There are no real books or instruction manuals on how to train a disaster search dog. Success is attained through trial and error, mentoring from other handlers and trainers and having a good dog that can delete the mistakes you make as a new handler and put to memory the stuff they need to know to find people in disaster settings. Without Reo, Arizona Task Force 1 may not have a canine search component and without a doubt if Reo had not signed on to work with us there would be no Arizona Search Dogs.

Favorite toy – Any four toys Reo could fit into his mouth at once :>). The boy loved toys, loved to search and loved to make people happy.

 

 

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Pic…

Breed – Black Lab

Status - May 2, 2002 – Sept. 10 , 2008

     Pic was given to us by a very generous, considerate and kind man named Ed Apple from Tennessee. Pic was a Field Trial wash out. Not sure why he was washed out, but it was a blessing we will forever feel was meant to be. Pic took to disaster search work like it was his reason for being alive. If left at home he would sulk and cry till the next training day. Loading up to head to the rubble pile looked much like kids running to the tree on Christmas morning. He never let us down and left us way too soon. There are not many dogs that only need to be shown something once to get it down. Watching him work gave you the same feeling you get when you see a child smile or a bird flying high above you in the air. He seemed to be able to find his victims with little effort and the ease at which he worked was a very special gift.

Favorite toy – Pic LOVED any toy you decided to give his “victim(s).” If you had to pick a special toy for him it would probably be a 14” jute tug toy.

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DeSoto…

Breed – Black Lab

Status – Certified. DeSoto has play drive and energy to spare. Watching DeSoto work is like watching a turbo charged, nitro burning, high horse power, tree limb shredder devour branches. All you see is a black blur fly across the rubble, dog slobber everywhere and then lots of barking indicating he has found a “victim.” When we were picking DeSoto out from all his brothers and sisters we asked why DeSoto did not have a collar? The breeder had different color collars on each pup. His response was that DeSoto ate all his…within a few minutes DeSoto was in the rental car and heading to the airport to come home with us :>).

Favorite toy – Anything…a glove, rolled up towel, ball on a rope, tug toy…anything he can bite and pull on.

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