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Elke & Jochen's Search & Rescue Adventure!
Follow the adventure of GSDCV member Elke Effler and her search dog Jochen, as they travel all the way to Switzerland to compete and become fully accredited as an Urban Search and Rescue team. The test is Oct 26 & 27th 2012.
The GSDCV, through the GSDCA are assisiting with funding for this exciting adventure.
Read all about the Search Dog testing, and keep following Elke and Jochen's BLOG here (there's also a quick link on our home page for future visits)
What is this challenge?
The challenge is for the Australian canine USAR team, German Shepherd Dog, Jochen and his handler, Elke Effler, qualified to the highest level in Australia, to qualify at the highest level in the canine USAR world globally - the Swiss REDOG Operational Test.
What is a canine USAR team?
It is a dog and handler trained to an accepted standard to search for persons buried under the rubble of collapsed buildings due to earthquakes, explosions and the like - Urban Search & Rescue or USAR. The most recent such disasters were the earthquakes in Christchurch and Japan last year, 2011. Qualified canine USAR teams can also be deployed after cyclones - Cyclone Yasi, and landslides such as Threadbo.