Air Scenting Graded Dog Team – Retired.
Tragically, Cuillin passed away prior to Retirement. He was a big character and missed by everyone.
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.
Search Dog Beck retires after 125 searches.
Search Dog Beck, a stalwart of the Association, has retired from service with the Association. With her handler Chris Francis, the Association’s Callout Co-ordinator, she has been a very regular attender at many searches, clocking up 125 in a nine year career. Many were in atrocious conditions on the central Lakeland fells, as her home team, Keswick MRT, are one of the key teams serving this area.
Her retirement took place in the Newlands valley, the same location as she graded as a Search Dog in 2012, in beautiful weather. It was also fitting that the pup Chris hopes to grade as her successor, Gill, started training with the Pre Stage 1 group this weekend as Beck retired.
Beck took part in searches not only in the Lakes, but also in the Scottish Borders, the Highlands, Yorkshire and Lancashire, and was responsible for a notable find of an elderly gentleman in south Lakeland who had fallen and then become stuck in a section of woodland near Newby Bridge.
A gentle and amiable dog, Beck was well known for her grin when she met friends and Team members, and she will be missed for her dogged persistence at searches and in training. She will now enjoy a well-earned retirement.