SARDAA Team photograph taken September 9/18 - dogs in front (l to r) Twang, Shado, BB, Che, Ivy; front row (l to r) - Maryann and Yoyo, Paula, Steve and Zoeker, Mark, Kim and Remmy, David, Jenna, Jen and Sohke, Pam and Sophie, Meighan and Chase, Elisa and PaCe, Michelle and Parquetta; back row (l tor) - Lucy and Molly, Jennifer and Tango, Ron, Sam, Zara and Cinder.
Unavailable for the photo that day - Kate and Jenga, Lisa and Zane and Zero, Carlene and Jake and Milo, Mike and Kaya, Kerrie, Dawn, Don, Cara, Anita, Carla and Roo.
Christmas Zane!! HoHoHo...
During this holiday season - Season's Greetings and Merry Christmas to one and all, from your friends at SARDAA!!! In addition to our appreciation for all of our friends, supporters, we also deeply value our members and their dedication to training their dogs and themselves. Have a safe and happy new year!
New Members -
Welcome to Kristy and her GSD Ingo! and, Welcome Clayton and his GSD Koda! Welcome Mitch and his Malinois Quill!
Breaking news from Saskatchewan -
SARDAA is very proud to announce that Kate and her SAR Dog Jenga completed their SARDAA certification and have also been recognized by the Saskatoon Police Service as a new volunteer resource for their search managers. News release follows -
MEDIA RELEASE November 14, 2018 Saskatoon Search and Rescue introduces First Civilian Search and Rescue Dog Saskatoon Search and Rescue (SSAR) now has the first certified civilian search and rescue dog in Saskatchewan. The handler, Kate Dean, and her K-9 partner Jenga have spent the past two years training in Edmonton with the Search and Rescue Dog Association of Alberta (SARDAA) and successfully completed their certification this past August. The Search and Rescue Dog Association of Alberta is a volunteer, non-profit group of dogs and handlers who serve the community in times of emergency or disaster. It was established in 1989 and is a registered charitable organization. Kate Dean and Jenga may now be utilized when SSAR is activated by the Saskatoon Police Service for a missing persons search. SSAR is proud of our new search team and, along with members of the Saskatoon Police Service, will be available to introduce them at a media conference scheduled for late November. For further information please contact: Shelley Ballard-McKinlay (SSAR President) - 306-491-1506
Kate Dean - 306-581-7051
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Saskatoon’s First SARDAA-trained SAR dog team! ........ by Kate
Kate and Jenga; photo by Lianne Matieshin
This past fall in Saskatchewan has been a busy one, and not just for the farmers. Jenga certified in August and is the first SARDAA dog team that lives out of province and we’ve got a lot of trailblazing ahead. EPS Certification in August – Cold and Wet! Good thing we found our subject fast!
Through the collaboration of SARDAA, Edmonton Police Service, Saskatoon Search and Rescue, and the Saskatoon Police Service, we got our certification accomplished. Shortly after Jenga certified we met with the legal team of the Saskatoon Police Service and got the required changes to the MOU with Saskatoon Search and Rescue drafted. The MOU it was signed by all parties, and team insurance was adjusted, making Jenga and me a deployable resource. Since then, we had one call out in mid September – a call for help locating a young vulnerable child. As we arrived on scene, our subject was located by ground SAR teams, so we did not actively search. It was good to be called, and we were there for support in case we were needed. Good outcomes all around!
Post training in October
Since our certification, we’ve done a social round at the Saskatoon Police Service building (by special invitation with about 12 hour’s notice) where we met many people. Jenga left Golden Retriever fur on the pants of the police chief, the superintendent, many inspectors, the canine handlers, and the legal team, just to name a few. No one seemed to mind needing a lint roller, and Jenga was well received overall.
Waiting in the lobby at Saskatoon Police Service
The plan for November is a media conference, to get the word out to the general public about the availability of a SAR dog in our community. The plan before that media conference is to have Jenga groomed, so she doesn’t look quite as scraggly as she did for her meet and greet with Saskatoon Police Service!
From there, more training….. always more training!
Kate in her SaskSAR gear with a very wet Jenga. Photo credit - Shelley Ballard-McKinlay.
2018-1019 SARDAA Executive
President...... Mike Arychuk
Vice President...... Paula Hale
Secretary/Treasurer..... Michelle Limoges
Training Director...... Maryann Warren
Canada Post SAR Stamp Launch
Canada Post hosted an event to unveil a postage stamp that recognizes Canada’s search and rescue experts, both professional and volunteer, for their skill and bravery in rescuing the lost, hurt or stranded. Canada Post elected to have this particular stamp launch in Alberta on September 12, 2018 at the Banff Cave and Basin Interpretive Centre. Several SAR organizations from across Canada were represented including federal and military SAR resources. Alberta was well represented by a group of long-time SAR members. Mike Cook, Alberta Office of the Fire Commissioner (OFC), was also in attendance. SAR Alberta president Monica Ahlstrom assisted in unveiling the stamp, along with Cindy Sheppard, SARVAC, a Parks Canada representatives and a rep from CASARA. Those long-time search and rescue team members included Michelle Limoges from SARDAA and Rodney Dietrich, Ed Van Heeren, Doug Ritchie from Rocky Mountain House, Richard Smith from Didsbury SAR, and Delea Mapstone from SESAR. Special guest Lloyd Gallager, was also there. Lloyd is a legendary mountaineer and public safety advocate and is retired from Kananaskis Parks Service. Lloyd was an integral part of SAR efforts in the Parks for decades.
These special stamps are available at your local post office. The SAR stamp is part of a larger collection depicting the life saving efforts of police, fire, EMS and military.
Michelle and Mike next to the SAR Stamp. Photo - Canada Post / John Bonner / Pinpoint National
Many thanks to S/Sgt. Tom Bechtold, Edmonton Police Service K-9 Unit, for officiating at our certifications.
In addition to our teams who certified earlier this year, congratulations to the following team who also successfully re-certified this year -
Lisa and Zane - Live Find profile.
A member who recently moved up a level. Congratulations on your hard work!
Kim passed her Field Tech test to move up to the Active Level.
Another new pup - this time for SARDAA president, Mike - meet Kaya -
ARTICLE - Identifying and Resolving End of Session Cues in Substance Detection Canine Training - the following article is interesting - https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fvets.2018.00206/full
Wilderness Survival Training - September 2018
The September Wilderness Survival Training course with survival expert Kelly Harlton and his staff was a Government of Alberta grant-funded course - thank you to GOA and The OFC for the opportunity to provide this training for SARDAA members. It was above freezing temperatures and no rain/snow. Following are some photos that Carla took during the weekend! It looks like they experienced some terrific survival strategies from Kelly!
Overnight accommodation! Looks comfortable enough...
Display of survival equipment.
Holiday Tips for You and Your K9!
Here are a few quick tips from interior designer Heather Higgins, ASID, CID, of Higgins Design Studio, LLC. Heather Higgins is a New York City–based interior designer, specializing in elegant pet-friendly living spaces. Contact her at email@example.com
Skip the Boughs of Holly - Live mistletoe and holly are beautiful. However, they are also highly poisonous if ingested. Poinsettias, while not poisonous, can cause stomach upsets. Silk plants are a safer choice when incorporating these particular plant species into your holiday decorations.
Let There Be Light—Safely
Candles, strategically placed throughout your home, add a warm, festive sparkle. However, in unprotected locations, a wagging tail can knock them over, spilling hot wax or possibly starting a fire. To avoid these issues, switch to flameless battery-operated candles instead. If you want to use real candles for Hanukkah, place your menorah up high on a sturdy piece of furniture. Stabilize the Tree - For many of us, a well-chosen and thoughtfully decorated Christmas tree is the festive centerpiece of our home during the holidays. However, because they can also topple easily with four-legged kids running around, make sure to attach yours to the wall or ceiling using thin, barely visible guide-wires, which are available at home improvement stores. If your dog is a puppy, you may want to consider a smaller tree, displayed on a table or counter. These work particularly well in small living spaces. And be considerate, do not put up a tree in front of your dog’s favorite place to window-watch. Choose Ornaments Wisely - When decorating the tree, keep breakable ornaments high and out of reach. If you have your heart set on using glass ornaments, wire them to the tree branch to keep them from falling, shattering, and causing cuts. Avoid very small decorations and ones made of food, like strings of popcorn, candy, or nuts. These are enticing for dogs to chew and can pose a choking hazard. Also, keep track of the hooks you use for hanging tree ornaments. Swallowing one of these sharp metal hooks can cause great harm to your dog. Hang the Stockings by the Chimney With Care - Heavy metal stocking holders look great. However, if a dog tugs at a stocking and the holder falls, it can injure them. A safer choice is an unobtrusive plastic hook that attaches with removable tape. Alternatively, consider hanging them from bedroom doorknobs or placing them under the tree in the morning. Do not tempt dogs by filling the stockings with food items before Christmas morning.
Dinner is Served - Long tablecloths or runners can accidentally get yanked, causing dishes, tableware, and hot food to come tumbling down. Using shorter cloths and runners or placemats that do not hang over the edge of a table is a safer alternative.
Taking a few minutes to create a dog-friendly living space during the holiday season is worth the time and effort. You and your guests will be able to sit back, relax, and fully enjoy the festivities without having to anticipate what possible dog-related drama may occur!
Can You Use Neosporin on Dogs? by Alexandra Anastasio
Just like their owners, dogs are susceptible to minor injuries and are not immune to getting cuts, scrapes, or burns. But can you use Neosporin® on dogs? The answer isn’t completely straightforward. In some instances, applying the topical, antibiotic ointment can help heal your dog’s wound, but there are situations when it is not advisable or necessary to use it on your canine companion.
Since most people immediately reach for some type of ointment when an incident occurs, it’s not unusual that your first instinct might be to do the same for your dog. But before you go ahead and start applying Neosporin, there are a few things to take into consideration.
With abrasions (scrapes and scratches), you should first clean and flush the wound with soap and water, then rinse thoroughly and pat dry. Your veterinarian should see all puncture or penetrating wounds, including dog bites, as soon as possible.
Neosporin is comprised of three different antibiotics: bacitracin, neomycin, and polymyxin B. Together, they work to kill bacteria on the skin and prevent topical infection. Dr. Rachel Barrack, a licensed veterinarian, certified in both veterinary acupuncture and Chinese herbology with Animal Acupuncture in New York City, points out that Neosporin has been formulated for people and is not necessarily safe for use on dogs.
“Bacitracin has been deemed safe for use on animals, as has polymyxin B. However, neomycin has been linked to loss of hearing,” she says. “This was primarily shown with intravenous use, but it is recommended that you do not administer neomycin topically to your dog without first consulting your vet.”
Because Neosporin is topical and applied directly onto the skin, there’s always a chance that your dog could have an allergic reaction. It’s a good idea to administer a small patch test first. The best way to do this is by picking a small area of skin and applying a tiny dab of Neosporin, then monitor the area to see if your dog develops a mild rash, redness, or hives.
“Typically, small amounts of Neosporin are not harmful,” says Dr. Danel Grimmett, a veterinarian with Sunset Veterinary Clinic in Oklahoma. By performing a patch test in advance, you’ll know for certain whether your dog can tolerate this antibacterial cream before he really needs it.
The advantage of using Neosporin is that it kills off any live, existing bacteria, and stops them from growing. When applied to the skin, it helps to create a physical barrier against bacteria to prevent them from entering the wound and offers protection against infection. But there are some instances in which applying it to your dog might do more harm than good.
If your dog’s wound is located in a spot that’s easily reachable, he might try licking the Neosporin off, which not only defeats the purpose but also might make your pup sick.
“The main concern regarding ingestion of Neosporin is the potential impact to the GI flora (normal gut bacteria), resulting in GI upset such as vomiting and diarrhea,” explains Dr. Grimmett. “A second potential cause of GI upset would be the lubricant base, which could also give them diarrhea, etc.”
You can try covering the area with a sterile dressing, but Dr. Grimmett points out that not all dogs tolerate bandaging, and the same desire to lick something off their skin will most likely prompt them to chew, as well. “A bandage can act as a tourniquet, reducing adequate blood flow to extremities, if not managed well,” he says. “Great care must be taken to prevent any constriction.”
Other instances when Neosporin would not be beneficial to your dog are if he is bleeding heavily, the wound is deep, or appears to be severe. In these circumstances, it’s important to call your veterinarian or nearest animal hospital immediately for assistance.
While using Neosporin to treat a minor injury to your dog may be fine at times, there are several products that are designed specifically for canines and completely safe, even if ingested.
Whatever type of injury your dog sustains, it’s important to first talk with your veterinarian before administering any new medications, especially if they’re made for humans. “Your veterinarian is better equipped to treat your dog’s potential infections than you are at home,” says Dr. Barrack.
Che having a good shake! - photo by Meighan
Canadian Kennel Club sent out the following information on Canine Infectious Diseases
Diseases such as the following are a real threat to all dogs. Vaccinations are strongly recommended! This is particularly important for SARDAA dogs, and Active SARDAA dogs in particular. Our K9s are of the utmost importance to their handlers and to the Agencies who use them, not to mention the families who are missing their friends and/or relatives. SARDAA encourages its members to be diligent about the health of their K9s; keep an eye on your dog at all times for irregularities and consult your veterinarian immediately. - Editor
Distemper - Canine Distemper is caused by an RNA virus that infects the gastrointestinal and respiratory tracts, central nervous system, and conjunctival membranes of the eye. Symptoms include sneezing and coughing, often with eye or nose discharge, fever, vomiting, and diarrhea, and hardening of nose and footpads, hence the old name hardpad disease. Infection can result from inhalation of aerosols as well as direct contact with urine, blood, or discharges of infected animal. Secondary bacterial infections are a risk. Dogs of any age can become infected but the risk is greatest for unprotected dogs under six months of age. Distemper immunity is provided by core vaccination and the virus is killed by most common cleaning agents.
Parvovirus - Canine Parvoviral Enteritis is a highly contagious disease of the digestive system. Symptoms typically include fetid, often bloody diarrhoea, fever, vomiting, loss of appetite and lethargy. Symptoms start 3-8 days after exposure and the virus is shed in the stool of infected dogs up to two weeks after infection. The virus may survive for months in the environment on items such as bowls, clothing or shoes, but typically infections result from contact with infected faecal material.Dogs of any age can become infected, but the risk is greatest for unprotected dogs under six months of age. Parvovirus is included in the core vaccinations. Parvovirus is resistant to most cleaning agents but bleach (diluted to 10-20% in water) or stabilized peroxide products, such as Virox/Accel/Virkon, can kill with a contact time of at least 10 minutes.
Kennel Cough - Kennel cough has a variety of causes: bacterial (Bordetella bronchiseptica), viral (adenovirus and/or parainfluenza virus), and mycoplasma. These may act alone or in combination and infections with multiple causes tend to be the most severe. Vaccination against Bordetella may not be effective in preventing contraction of Kennel cough. Kennel cough infects the upper respiratory tract and symptoms are a persistent cough and sometimes a nasal discharge and sneezing. It is highly contagious and may be spread by inhalation of aerosols or direct contact. Puppies with immature immune systems and old dogs with weak immune systems are at greatest risk for developing pneumonia from kennel cough.
Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) - Canine Influenza is caused by two separate virus strains, the less common H3N8 CIV and H2N3 CIV, which was introduced into the USA in 2015 from Asia and first seen in Canada in 2017. Symptoms are the same as Kennel Cough: coughing, sneezing, and nasal discharge. Dogs of any age can be affected, particularly given that adult dogs in Canada have not acquired immunity to this recently introduced pathogen, although disease is more likely to be severe in young puppies and older dogs, as well as brachycephalic breeds. Secondary pneumonia is a risk factor. Infected dogs can start shedding the virus before the onset of symptoms and for up to 14 days afterwards. Transmission is through inhalation or contact with items such as clothing, bowls, shoes. CIV is killed by most common cleaning agents. A vaccine is available commercially. CIV vaccination is a non-core vaccine and should be evaluated on the risk of exposure and the risk of complications from infection.
Other infectious Diseases Dogs travelling to areas of the world that have a variety of parasites or infectious viruses not common or not existing in Canada are at risk of contracting these exotic diseases. They may not be vaccinated against these pathogens and may lack acquired immunity of the local population. Dogs returning to Canada, traveling to Canada from exotic locals, or being imported by rescue organizations may bring exotic pathogens to Canada. Canadian veterinarians may not have access to diagnostic tools or laboratory tests to identify and treat pathogens not common to Canada, increasing the risk of severe disease in the dog.
Additional information on infectious diseases can be obtained by from the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), or by speaking with your veterinarian.
Kerrie and Don reviewing dog handler tracks on the laptop after a practice search. SARDAA acquired two ASTRO 900 GPS units for the K9s to wear so we can track their searches also.
Editors note – Scent Dog News is produced by the Search and Rescue Dog Association of Alberta. Submissions are welcome but are subject to approval and editing. Editor – Michelle Limoges; Email – firstname.lastname@example.org