2013 has been our first fully operational year, and we are now planning for 2014. Its likely that the hounds services will be required more often and in wider locations than in 2013, and so the committee are planning how to keep funds buoyant, enabling us to keep hounds on the road and ready to search for those that are missing and lost. To help boost funds we have produced a 2014 calendar, depicting the search dogs in action, as well as relaxing and generally enjoying life.
Back in the summer we had great fun with the hounds being photographed for a feature in YOUR DOGS magazine. I know a number of people abroad had problems getting a copy, but part of the article is now online and can be seen here
All three hounds are now in continual training, and Forager is working on 7 hour cold lines, Baffle and Jara are working on 4 and 2 hours cold. Our work never stops as we have daily phone calls asking for advice and help and at any one time we are usually on standby for 2 or 3 missing dogs in the westcountry. The most important part of our training is getting new dogs and their owners onboard, to "get lost" and give the hounds new challenges......there are quite a lot of item