What follows a hot, hot summer? A winter that brought the first snow some of our dogs have ever experienced. While the area slowed to a standstill for a week in January, some dogs and handlers explored the nature of scent in snow, and took time off to have fun in it, as well.
New members Tim and Sophie Collier have gone over the edge (literally) and joined the team, taking part in the rappel exercises and training with the dogs in 100+ temperatures. We think if you like working SAR in heat like this, you really like working SAR.
Heavy snowfall in February and mid-March brought interesting training conditions -- and copperheads out just a week after the second snow! Some long-time locals tell us that early copperheads predict a hot summer, so we'll see if they're right.
MARK9 welcomes new member Jim Kilroy this spring.
Member Susannah Charleson's nonfiction book Scent of the Missing: Love and Partnership with a Search and Rescue Dog, was released by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in mid-April and placed on the American Publisher's Association / Indie Bound and New York Times Bestseller lists in early May. The book was the #1 nonfiction bestseller in the Dallas area in the same period.