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.

(Cockermouth MRT)
Air Scenting Graded Dog Team
Stage 4
Mike and his Border Collie Dog Marty have moved swiftly though their assessments and were graded in Langdale after a 4 hour search in ‘character building’ conditions. Marty was named by Mike’s son who has a fascination with the ‘Back to the Future’ film. Marty, who comes from working sheep dog parents on the West Coast, is very playful and is obsessed with his ‘tuggy’ toy. Marty responded well to the challenges of assessment, having grown into a powerful and rangy dog. Mike has been involved in mountain rescue in the Lakes since he was 18 as a member, then a Team Leader within the Wasdale Mountain Rescue Team. A move to the North in early 2017 now has him wearing a blue jacket with the Cockermouth Team. Mike is also an Advanced Swiftwater Rescue Technician Instructor for LDSAMRA.

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.

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.

Penny Kirby from Wasdale MRT graded her dog Jess as a Searchdog on Saturday 5th October.

Jess is Penny’s 5th dog in a career as a handler, which started with Search Dog Ben in SARDA England days – 30+ years ago.. Since then, Penny keeps coming back for more, with some interesting training rewards – we will never forget her turning up with dried Fish skin, to reward the second dog, Miff, during training. She would always claim that things weren’t going well in training any of the dogs, yet consistently turned out great search dogs – Ben, Miff, Pippi, and Olly – who served her, Wasdale team and the Association with great distinction.

The latest, Search Dog Jess, is another success for a dedicated handler.

Kendal MRT
Air Scenting Graded Dog Team
John is a member of Kendal 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 and now with Kendal MRT. He graded his first dog Skye in 2009, and has been on many callouts since. John is an Assessor with the Association and the pre-stage 1 coordinator (He gets to play with all the new puppies, the best job!!). He often gives talks and demos to all sorts of groups.

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. Rob is the Association Chairman.

Patterdale 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. The team have just been upgraded after a series of assessments.