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Welcome to the team Orion

24 Jan 2020

Welcome to the team Orion. 


A huge congratulations from everyone at the Calder Valley Search and Rescue Team to search dog Orion and handler Gary for successfully passing their Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England assessment over the last weekend. They have now officially become an active, operational air scenting search dog team. 


While the weather was excellent, the assessment conditions were quite the opposite and the whole weekend was a real test for both handler and dog.  In the end both could rely on the last 3 years of hard work, training and dedication to see them successfully through the assessment. 

Gary would like to say thank you to everyone who has supported them over the years - at times spending hours hiding as a dog body in awful conditions. And in particular he would like to give a special thank you to Anna Wilthew who gave her time to help body over the assessment weekend. 


Orion would also like to say thank you to everyone, and in typical Springer Spaniel fashion he did that with a full body and tail wag. 


A final message from both Gary and Orion, which I think the rest of the search dogs and handlers  would allow on this occasion is to say that at last we have a ‘Proper Dog’ on the team!