Meet the dog teams


Mountain Search dog Star with Handler Jim MacGregor

Star is an 12 year old collie who has been qualified since she was two years old.  She is a very play driven dog with high motivation to please Jim.  The team have worked through the grades of lowland novice, lowland and mountain novice with SARDA Wales before qualifying in October 2012 at Full Mountain standard with SARDA England.  The team have now been on numerous call outs since qualifying mainly in the Isle of Man but also in England and with SARDA Wales. One notable call out was assisting with the April Jones call out one day after assessment in the Brecon Beacons.  Star is Jim’s first search dog.

Jim is qualified as an assessor to assess other search dogs and is currently training a scent discriminating dog “Ruby”



Lowland search dog Holly with Handler Gary Wright

Holly is a Six year old collie lurcher cross who shows great enthusiasm for searching especially with the running out where her speed is evident.  Holly has just had her formal assessment, and has now qualified as a full lowland.  Gary is a member of Civil Defence. Holly is Gary’s first search dog.

Initial Search Dog Matt with Handler Marc Marshal

Matt is a collie with lots of energy and drive to please his handler. Matt is Marc’s first dog and has qualified at initial grade lowland search dog, passing in July 2018.  .  Marc is a first responder and a special with the Isle of Man Police.  He is also an ex member of Peel Lifeboat.


Trainee Search Dog Ruby May with Handler Jim Macgregor

Ruby is being trained in trailing where an item of the missing person is given to the dog.  She then follows this scent on a long line and discriminates from other scents in the area.  This will be the first trailing dog for the Isle of Man.  Ruby is the second dog for Jim.