A weekend with SARDA Scotland. What an inspiring time.

I am just back from an amazing few days completing my Corbett’s in Appin with great friends. Then it was down to Glencoe to join SARDA Scotland in their training 4 days of Assessment.

I had been to training days in the past many years ago but I could not believe the work that goes into these assessments. The dogs and there handlers are out through various scenarios in Glencoe and Glen Etive. Each dog and handler is assessed by three assessor’s. Two from out with their association. It was impressive to watch the dogs and handlers work together. There is huge pressure on the handlers and the dogs.

It is a very physical and mentally challenging weekend for all those involved. Huge sacrifice of time and many other things to train a dog to search. On the last night we had a lovely meal together with all those involved. Huge thanks to those who body ( act as casualties for the dogs to find) They spend so many hours on the hillside in all weathers waiting to be located.

The weekend was brilliantly organised thank you all. The dinner was a huge success with amazing cabaret act by two of the main character. A few of the old and bold were there many I had met in the past great people. Yet there were so many young folk with their dogs representing so many Mountain Rescue Teams.

It was great to meet the outside assessors from Southern Scotland, England and Ireland good folk as well. When you meet all these folk who do so much unpaid it’s so good to see.

I have always appreciated the work of all Search dogs. They are a great asset and I would advise all those involved in the Rescue agencies to watch them train and work. They are a great asset in any search.

I was made President of SARDA Scotland at the weekend. To me this is a huge honour taking over from the late Hamish McInness my old friend. Hamish would have laughed at the great weather we had so unusual for winter in Scotland.

With the President of Search Dog England

At the end of the weekend I presented certificates to the dogs and their handlers. That was moving after all the work they had put in. There were some tears of joy plus all the dogs barking as we clapped each handler and dog. It was wonderful seeing all the families there.

I drove back in amazing weather but so tired yet what a weekend and seeing at least some of the world is full of great folk who try to help each other. It’s easy to get downbeat just now we need to see the good things around us and share the good times.

Thank you all to many names to mention but you know who you are. I was so pleased to see how the families are involved and how much they do for us all. Thank you all.

From SARDA Scotland thank you .

“Massive congratulations to the dogs teams who went through assessment this weekend, the wind was light and proved challenging at times.

Alasdair/Cridhe, Alison/Meg and Steve/Rona were all awarded full Search Dog status, while Bryan/Gwen and Jamie/Dan were awarded Novice Search dog status. Further congratulations goes to Jamie and Dan who were also presented with the Madras Trophy which is awarded to the best Novice Search Dog team of the assessment.

Thanks to our external assesors from Mountain Rescue Search Dogs England, SARDA Southern Scotland and Search And Rescue Dog Association – SARDA Ireland North for attending, and even more thanks to our bodies for spending many hours layed on the hillside, without them we just couldn’t do it.”

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Please remember SARDA Scotland are like all the other SAR dogs are a charity it’s easy to donate please do if you can

About heavywhalley.MBE

Mountain Rescue Specialist. Environmentalist. Spent 37 years with RAF Mountain Rescue and 3 years with a civilian Team . Still an active Mountaineer when body slows, loves the wild places.
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6 Responses to A weekend with SARDA Scotland. What an inspiring time.

  1. Congrats Heavy, good to see an appropriate replacement for Hamish.

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  2. stevedsmart says:

    Double congrats – on the Corbetts, and on becoming new SARDA President. They’ll be chuffed to have you I’m sure.

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  3. Jeanette Bryan says:

    Congratulations on your new post with S.A.R.D.A. Amazing work done by handlers and dogs.


  4. Great to see Kenny again hope your well.


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