Man-trailing? Who Let the Dogs Out?
We’re talking freezing temperatures and bloodhounds today in Lisburn, Pennsylvania. Come and meet the search & rescue bloodhound. They’re big. They’re sloppy. And they are beautifully tenacious. Truly, a breed apart.
Neither Wind, Nor Rain, Nor Dark of Night
You can add snow and water to the list as well. Bloodhounds are trained in all types of weather and venues, because as working dogs, they are called upon to go to work in any kind of weather and any place you can imagine. The trainers want to make certain their dogs are prepared for the job at hand.
Hide & Seek
Today’s episode gives you a little taste of the training sessions these dedicated animals and their owners go through every week to keep these bloodhounds at the top of their game. As a volunteer, I’m hiding between the trees and Owen the bloodhound is being tested. He needs to make a positive identification of his own accord. In this instance, Owen will push his nose into me and plant his feet. He needs to be positive, and training helps his team to do the best job possible.
Summit Search & Rescue
For more than a decade, Summit Search & Rescue Man-Trailing Bloodhounds has offered their services to law enforcement in south central Pennsylvania. The non-profit organization does not charge any fees for their services, relying on donations and support from the community. If you’d like to help out, visit their website and click to donate. You’ll receive a personal thank you from Terri Heck, and you’ll make the bloodhounds pretty happy too. Want more info and more pix of these gorgeous dogs? Visit their Facebook page and say hello.
A special thanks goes out to owner/handler Rick Shriver for allowing me to hang out and be identified by Owen, 127 pounds of beautiful bloodhound. Congratulations to both of them on passing their tracking test. Owen’s still a young dog and I look forward to seeing what he does next. Hopefully I’ll have another chance to get lost with him.
Stay tuned for our next episode, an in-depth interview with bloodhound trainer/handler Terri Heck. I’m pretty sure we’ll both learn something new! And check back here for more photos. I’d like to introduce you to Apache, Briggs and Merit.