Mountain Search dog Star with Handler Jim MacGregor
Star is an 11 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 has recently qualified as an assessor to assess other search dogs.
Lowland search dog Holly with Handler Gary Wright
Holly is a five 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.
Trainee Search Dog Matt with Handler Marc Marshal
Marc is training his first dog Matt as an air scenting dog. Training is progressing well with Matt keen to learn. Marc is a member of Civil Defence, 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.