14.01.2021My journey to become a SAR dog

My dog's life started out complicated and not the way I had imagined it. I have quite a temperament and a willingness to work, and it quickly became clear that with these special qualities I did not fit into the family that had been chosen for me. In 2018, I was finally handed over to experienced terrier dog handlers from the volunteer search and rescue dog team of the Vienna Fire Brigade. I benefit enormously from their knowledge and experience and show exemplary qualities: I am focused, lovable and reliable. With the training as a search and rescue dog, my life started to be really fun.


When I arrived at the search and rescue dog team, my colleague Giant Schnauzer Bo said sceptically, "What's that little guy doing here?" Well, I showed him. Because already during the fitness training in the morning, I don't always make Bo look good. I can also easily keep up with the big ones in the Rubble and Area Search. In the meantime, we are good friends, even though Bo likes to brag about all he has achieved in 2020: Completion of the international mission readiness test of the Austrian Forces Disaster Relief Unit (AFDRU) and performance winner in Rubble Search. He was also deployed as a search and rescue dog after the gas explosion in Vienna in 2019. In the two years of my training I made it to a Rubble V and Rubble A exam in 2020, which I am proud of.


With focus, diligence and the right leadership, a lot can be achieved.


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