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Paddy

Search Dog - Paddy

Joined Team:

March 2010

Retired:

2021

Born:

October 2009

Discipline:

Air-Scenting

Breed:

Collie cross Lab

Level:

L2 – Hasty

Gender:

Male

Alert:

Bark

Handler:

Judith Oak

Reward:

Squeaky Tennis Ball

More about Paddy

Mummy and Daddy adopted me from Ireland when I was 3 months old. Mummy says not a day has gone by since then, that I haven’t made her smile or laugh with my silly antics!

I first qualified as an operational search dog in September 2011 and re-qualified every 2 years until I retired in June 2021 when I was 11 years old.

Since retiring you’d think I’d have been spending my time relaxing on the sofa, but not me! I’ve slowed down a bit now that I’m 13, so my walks are slower and shorter, but I have been busy going to classes with Mummy to keep my brain active and have fun.
I recently passed first my Novice Trick Dog certificate and then my Intermediate Trick Dog certificate! Mummy is very proud of me. For Novice Trick I had to perform 15 tricks/behaviours and then for Intermediate, a different 15 harder tricks/behaviours. I’m still learning new tricks and really enjoying myself!

I do miss my Search and Rescue pals, but I’m not sad I don’t have to get up in the middle of the night to go on a callout! I’ll leave that to the younger dogs!

Cassine

Search Dog - Cassine

Joined Team:

Oct 2017

Retired:

2023

Born:

July 2013

Discipline:

Air-Scenting

Breed:

German Shepherd

Level:

L2 – Hasty

Gender:

Female

Alert:

Tug Toy

Handler:

Anabelle de Chazal

Reward:

Tennis Ball

More about Cassine

Cassine was born in County Durham, not too far from where her handler, Anabelle, lived in North Yorkshire. She grew up around birds of prey and roaming the moors.

Cassine was 4 when she started training for Search and Rescue. She was already very skilled at finding tennis balls, and added finding humans to her repertoire with ease. Especially as finding them means her tennis ball appears out of Anabelle’s pocket! As soon as her search jacket goes on, she is raring to go, loving her game of hide and seek.

Cassine has never met a puddle she didn’t love and you could mistake her for a Labrador in disguise when a treat is about. She is friendly and very nosey. Though if you come visiting the house, she’ll appear very fierce for about 5 seconds. She spends at least half of her day going to work with her human, exploring the countryside (or other people’s gardens). The rest of the time she snoozes. Or drops a tennis ball at the closest human’s feet.

Cassine was the first ever German Shepherd to qualify as a Lowland Rescue Airscenting Search Dog, having passed her first attempt at National Assessment in December 2020 – we’re very proud of her!