Currently, the team has four mission ready K9′s certified in a variety of search disciplines. Our K9′s are often mellow, ordinary family pets until the sound of the pager or the sight of their gear being loaded into a car transform them. Once given their search command, it becomes their handler’s duty to ensure the well-being and safety of their partner. These dogs epitomize the descriptor, “Man’s Best Friend”, as they work tirelessly, in the cold of winter and the heat of summer, day or night, with little regard for themselves. They ask very little in return since their “job” is so important to them. After hours in the field and a successful “find”, they are satisfied with a special food treat or play time with whatever is their “best toy ever”.
Cooper is a 3-year-old Boxer and a Mission Ready Trailing dog. Boxers are not always the first breed thought of in service or search and rescue work and he is one of a handful in the state currently certified. He loves to interact with just about anything and is a bit of a clown. Once his harness goes on and a search starts, he is down to business. Cooper enjoys food rewards for his efforts, one of his favorites being deli meat. He adores special treats, tennis balls, snuggling into down comforters and going just about everywhere with his handler. Cooper’s handler works in commercial real estate and rice farming.
Spinner is a 2 ½ year old black Labrador Retriever and is a mission ready trailing dog in Butte County. She is currently finishing her sign off’s for CARDA and is also working on her certification for Human Remains Detection/Cadaver. When Spinner isn’t working, you can find her chasing a ball, swimming or both. Her rewards for a find are hot dogs and a tennis ball. You can sometimes find her at the office with her handler who works for Butte County.
Eris is a 5-year-old Belgian Malinois and is a Mission Ready Area dog. She is currently working on her certification for Firearms detection and Cadaver/Human Remains. Eris was “gifted” to her handler as a fully trained search K9 and was able to “teach” her new handler the ropes in only six months. Eris’ favorite thing? People! Soft petting and ear scratches are heaven for her. A close second is accompanying her handler on daily runs and chasing lacrosse balls. Eris’ handler works in the dental field and is also involved with animal rescue.