Esmonds Sixth Sense CGC
Wilderness Search & Rescue
K9, NAPWDA Cadaver Detection Dog
ARC Heroism Award, ARC Mirko
Medallion, ARC Anvil T.R.U.E Award
OFA Excellent, OFA Elbows
October 14, 2005 - October 3,
When you are sorrowful look
again in your heart, and you shall see
that in truth you are weeping
for that which has been your delight.
Dugan is the
very special Connor/Iza puppy owned by Lucy Newton of Vermont.
Lucy is a K9
Officer and is using Dugan as her SAR/Cadaver dog,
name...Esmonds Sixth Sense (I
smell dead people!)
Dugan and Lucy feartured in the Brattleborough Reformer
found a missing 22 year old woman!!!
had been missing since Thursday morning, she was hypothermic and, due
to her mental status, not likely to have done anything to get herself
out of the woods or to avoid succumbing to hypothermia. Dugan worked
well, he is still young and inexperienced, but clearly knew why he
was out there and what he was looking for. He sure took a big
giant step in convincing me to trust him today!! I was more
than thrilled to discover that the only thing in a huge area filled
with a lot of distractions (especially deer and geese) that captured
his attention was the scent of a missing person."
While we are
all aware of how much our dogs enrich
our lives, we never dreamed that one of our dogs could affect the
life of another so greatly. We thank Lucy for giving Dugan the
opportunity to reach his full potential as a true working dog.
Dugan recently earned his
NAPWDA Cadaver Dog Certification!!!
TYPES OF SEARCHES TO BE PERFORMED:
1.) Two (2) scent hides will
be placed in a rubble area, simulating a collapsed building.
2.) Two (2) scent hides will
be covered with dirt, leaves, brush, or tree branches.
3.) Twelve hours before
testing, two (2) scent hides will be buried in a highly vegetated
area. The aids must be at least three (3) months of age and be buried
to the depth of 10 inches. A minimum of five (5) holes will be dug.
4.) Two (2) scent hides will
be placed in an elevated position a minimum of six (6) feet from the
ground level or floor. One (1) elevated scent hide will be in a
building/structure and one (1) elevated scent hide outdoors.
5.) Two (2) scent hides will
be submerged in two (2) feet of water for a minimum of thirty (30)
minutes prior to the test or if a boat is available will be submerged
in a minimum of six (6) feet of water for a minimum of 30 minutes prior
to the test. The choice will be at the discretion of the Master Trainer.
6.) A minimum of five (5)
vehicles will be utilized, two (2) of which will contain a scent hide
placed at least one (1) hour prior to the search.
An optional searching area
may be substituted for one of the above areas. It is:
7.) Two (2) scent hides will
be placed in an organic or inorganic rubbish pile.
In order to certify, a team
must successfully find at least eleven (11) of the twelve (12) scent hides.
Handler: The handler will
advise the Master Trainer how the dog will indicate. He/She may enter
the search area to direct the dog. The dog's indication must be
obvious to the Master Trainer.
Certification Candids...Click any photo to enlarge...
Dugan was awarded
the ARC Heroism award in 2007,
as well as the
Mirko Medallion and the Anvil T.R.U.E. award.
Now THIS is
what we call teamwork!
his NAPWDA Recertification.
originally mentored by the wonderful Bevan (below left)
lives with the very motivated Calix...
Land/Water Cadaver; Ret.
SAR school in California.
that he was excellent on his first flight and performed very well
once he arrived!
Dugan had many new experiences...like the person in the Hazmat suit!
Of course, he
took it all in stride!
Dugan is also
following in Bevan's footsteps with the Water Rescue Training.
Here's the view
that Lucy has while he's working.
Lucy and Dugan,
searching for a lost Vermont girl...
Dugan during a
visit to Bobcaygeon, helping us find our own "lost child"...
16 year old Cassie!
A pooped puppy
after a long day at "work"
Wondering about Dugan's
As a puppy,
Dugan accompanied Lucy to work and learned
important "Police Dog Stuff" (like getting tummy rubs).
spends a lot of time "training" with
Calix, who thinks that Dugan was his own personal Christmas gift!
tries on Bevan's vest...
here to see Dugan and his littermates growing up.