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Elke and Jochen are now in Switzerland !
Elke and her dog Jochen have now arrived in Switzerland for their Rescue Adventure, and begun 'training and fitness work' - very picturesque too !
Keep up with all their news via their blog - great reports and pics too! http://jochensswisschallenge.weebly.com/index.html
In the meantime, the following report appeared in the Knox Leader prior to their departure.
Scent of success for Boronia search dog team
24 Jul 12 by Zoe Lewis
BORONIA dog trainer Elke Effler and her German Shepherd, Jochen (left), are among the smartest disaster search teams in the southern hemisphere.
And now the 65-year-old trainer and her dog will fly to Switzerland on August 6 in preparation for a test that would see them become the highest-qualified disaster search dog teams south of the equator.
The test, on October 26-27, will involve 11 20-minute searches in which 26 to 30 people will need to be found.
It is done overnight in a purpose-built "disaster village" in Switzerland.
In the aftermath of the Black Saturday bushfires, Mrs Effler and Jochen were deployed to Kinglake and Strathewen.
They were also on standby after the Christchurch and Japanese earthquakes last year.
Now Mrs Effler wants to raise $10,000 to help pay for expenses to go to Switzerland, including flights, accommodation and to quarantine the fluffy hero on his return home.
Mrs Effler said the German Shepherd Dog Council of Australia had chipped in $10,000 to help cover costs but another $10,000 was needed.
"It will be the first time anyone from Australia will get additional training at the highest level," she said.
Mrs Effler said it was hard to raise money for dog training, some of which is done at a Wantirna South site.
The duo is not paid for searches.
Mrs Effler and husband Peter founded the non-profit Australian Swiss Search Dog Association in 1995.
To donate, go to jochensswisschallenge.weebly.com. Donations made through ASSDA are tax deductible.
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