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Graded Teams 2018-06-12T13:23:02+00:00

These handlers and dogs are operational and respond to incidents.

Kendal MRT
Air Scenting Graded Dog Team
John D is a member of Kendal MRT, and Cuillin, an Edenvillage English Shepherd (a distant relative of Search Dog Fern) are the second Graded Team of that breed. Often commented on as ‘that noisy black and brown thing’ by the collie handlers ! Cuillin and John commenced training in February 2013, completed at Patterdale in atrocious snowy conditions, and are the newest members of the LDMRSDA Graded Search Dog Teams.
Langdale Ambleside MRT
Air Scenting Graded Dog Team
Nick is a member of Langdale Ambleside MRT and works his border collie Sam – another collie related to Kitt, Ted, Ginny and Dottie. Nick’s previous searchdog, Yana, retired in 2007 after 6 years service to the Association. Nick works for the NHS, and spends much of his spare time with his family. Sam is the son of the late Searchdog Beinn , another from the family dynasty. Sam graded in 2010.
Coniston MRT
Air Scenting Graded Dog Team
Christyne is a member of Coniston MRT, and self employed. Her dynamic bitch Bute was born in February 2009, and had some big paws to step into as Christyne has already had a searchdog – Skye , who passed away recently. Christyne & Bute started formal training in early 2010 and she passed her final assessment in Jan 2011. Christyne is an Assessor with the Association.

Keswick MRT
Air Scenting Graded Dog Team
Chris is a long-serving member of Keswick MRT with his Labrador bitch Beck. He has had two graded dogs (both Labradors) prior to Beck, who served SARDA Lakes for a total of 20 years, both making important finds. He is an Assessor for the Association, and has helped out on courses in Norway, Iceland and Slovakia. Chris is the Callout Co-ordinator and an Assessor for the Association.

Coniston MRT
Air Scenting Graded Dog Team
Joy is a member of Coniston MRT and started training her beautiful border collie bitch Einich in 2008, grading in 2011. Einich is her second dog – having been partnered by Search Dog Anna for 13 years, when Joy was a member of Langdale Ambleside MRT. Professionally, Joy is an artist and has exhibited widely (including at the National Mountaineering Exhibition at Rheged). She is also an able photographer and film maker. Joy is also an Assessor with the Association.
Kendal MRT
Air Scenting Graded Dog Team
Dave is the Team Leader (TL) of Kendal MRT. Fern is not only his 1st search dog, but is the first English Shepherd in LDMRSDA, and in Mountain Rescue as far as we know. They team started training in late 2012, and graded in July 2014. Dave and Fern can often be found out and about on the Lakes and Fells, as Dave’s day job is as an Outdoor Instructor.
Langdale Ambleside MRT
Air Scenting Graded Dog Team
John is a member of Langdale Ambleside MRT , and a Senior Project/Technical Engineer with a specialist Offshore Oil & Gas company. Involved in Mountain Rescue for over 20 years, he was first with Duddon & Furness MRT, then more recently with LAMRT. He graded his first dog Skye in 2009, and has been on many callouts since. John is an Assessor with the Association and the Chairman. He often gives talks and demos to all sorts of groups.
Langdale Ambleside MRT
Air Scenting Graded Dog Team
Roger is a Deputy Team Leader of Langdale Ambleside MRT and an Assessor for the Association. When not busy with those, he is a Professor at Lancaster University, where he is Chair of Biomedical and Life Sciences! Ted is Roger’s 3rd searchdog, following in the sizeable pawprints of Search Dogs Paddy and Beinn, his first two dogs. Ted is a tricolor Border collie and is full of character who graded at Thirlmere when he was 2 years and 1 month old in June 2013. Despite his training Ted still refuses to return the toys to the dogsbodies and, inevitably, a chase ensues!
Keswick MRT
Air Scenting Graded Dog Team
Bracken is a fluffy, bold border collie with lovely markings. He is Elly’s 3rd dog – having already graded with Mac and Meg. Elly commenced training him in 2012, but had a long break, before returning to training in late in 2013 – before grading in July 2014. Her day job is with the Environment Agency, and she is studying with the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT). Elly is the co-ordinator for the young dogs, an Assessor and member of the Management Committee.
Penrith MRT
Air Scenting Graded Dog Team
Matt and his rescued Border Collie Morag finally made the grade at the Patterdale Training weekend in May 2018, after a 4.5 hour search of Brown Cove in baking temperatures. Matt is a member of Penrith MRT, and is a teacher by profession. He’s also a member of the Cumbria Ore Mines Rescue Unit, though Morag’s grading doesn’t qualify her as an underground search dog ! Matt has recently become a proud father as well, so his life is somewhat overloaded at present !
Keswick MRT
Air Scenting Graded Dog Team
Martin Bell & his lively Border Collie Isla graded at a special assessment session at Hollows Farm, Borrowdale in December 2015, after a lengthy series of assessments. As a paramedic, and very fit hillsman, Martin has all of the assets to be a dog handler, and living in Rosthwaite in the Borrowdale Valley is likely to get plenty of work as well! Isla is a beautiful, loveable bitch, from a breeder who has supplied a number of successful collies to handlers in the Association
Keswick MRT
Air Scenting Graded Dog Team
Rob, a professional photographer by profession, graded his feisty Collie bitch, Rona, in November 2015 at Buttermere. Rob is responsible for many of the excellent photos on the site, as well as on the Keswick MRT website. A bit of a technical geek, he has already equipped Rona with a GPS collar, so he can plot where she has been on a callout ! Rona may be small in size but is big in attitude – but she loves to be cuddled and fussed over as well.
Keswick MRT
Air Scenting Search Dog
Elly is a member of Keswick MRT and her second dog is a Border collie bitch called Meg. It has taken a little while to get this timid little dog out of her shell but in November 2008, Meg passed her introductory test, and graded as a Search Dog in April 2011.
Elly is an Assessor with the Association, a member of the Committee and helps look after the ‘Friends of the Search Dogs’.

Keswick MRT
Trailing Dog Team
For a couple of years, Dave Benson (usually known as “Benny”) and his dog Brock have been ploughing a lonely furrow on the Trailing Dog course, where the dog follows an individual’s scent to locate the casualty or missing person. As we have no instructors in this discipline, Benny and Brock have been working with a variety of organisations including SARDA Wales and NSARDA.