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SARDog Information

Hatch and Judy have been involved with search and rescue (SAR) for thirty years. Among the founders of Dogs Organized for Ground Search (D.O.G.S.) in Alaska in 1975, they have been on the cutting edge of SAR dog organization, experimentation, development and promotion ever since. They helped pioneer the use of dogs in underwater recovery in the Virginia Search and Rescue Dog Association in 1979. They were founders of DOGS-East and in California they have been members of Wilderness Finders - WOOF and now California Rescue Dog Association (CARDA). In CARDA, Hatch was the first Vice President and Chief of Operations. Judy and Hatch have both subsequently served on the Board of Directors and on various operations committees.

They are Life members of the National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR). Judy established and was first editor of SAR Dog Alert for 11 years, 1982-1992. Hatch headed NASAR's SAR Dog Committee from 1985 to 90. Judy was named an Honorary Angel of the High Lonesome in 1983 and both have received NASAR's Service Award. Hatch helped edit and update NASAR's Managing the Lost Person Incident in 1994.

Judy and Hatch were on the Advance Team to the Mexico City Earthquake in 1985 and have had dogs trained in all aspects of SAR work at one time or another.

The two have been invited to lecture and train in search management and the use of dogs at NASAR conferences and other working dog seminars in Missouri, Texas, New York, Nevada, Wisconsin, Utah, Washington State, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Florida, Arizona, Mexico City, Maine, as well as California.

Besides Judy's editorships, both have written extensively on the use of SAR dogs. For several years they were jointly the SAR Dog Staff Writers for Dog Sports Magazine.

Here are some of their articles grouped under topics:

General
Airscenting
Avalanche
Building Search
Cadaver
Disaster
Handler Skills
Search Management
Scent Transport
Trailing
Water Search

 

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General
77 Facts About Search Dogs
Search for Eli – Hug-A-Tree Bears Fruit
Constructing a Footprint
There & Back Again  
The Thinking Dog
A Day in the Search Log
Past Pavlov & Skinner
Picking a Puppy for SAR

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Airscenting
Training & the Real Thing
The Refind: When You're Blind In the Dark
Some Observations on Weather Conditions and Airscenting Problems
Search Dog Strategy: What's the Plan?

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Avalanche
Avalanche Dogs: Improving the Odds
Maybe They Should be Buried for a Dog

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Building Search
Building Search: A Victim's Eye View

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Cadaver
SAR Dogs at the 'Death Ranch'

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Disaster
Search and Rescue Dogs Are Ready to Respond to Disaster
SAR "Quake" Dogs
Survivors Under the Rubble
Under the Hanging Ceiling
The U.S. Team in Puerto Rico
Here's the Real Poop
After the Flood: The Shadyside, Ohio, Disaster
The Great San Bernardino Train Wreck
Looking for Remains in the Oakland Firestorm
After the Building Fell Down

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Handler Skills
Training a Search Dog
Ready or Not
Slinging Your Dog
Some Basic Search Patterns 
Watch Your Dog

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Search Management
Managing the Search Function – the Key to Successful Search Operations
Map Problems
Probability of Detection of Search Dogs or How Long is My Shadow?
Help From Your SAR Dog Unit
A Process of Elimination
Once Upon a Time in Metropolis

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Scent Transport
Convectional Turbulence and the Airscenting Dog
Scent Transport and Diffusion
Weather Textbook for SAR Dog Handlers
Search Gear

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Trailing
The Scent Article ("You wouldn't believe...")

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Water Search
Taking Back From the River
Training for Water Search
Underwater Searches Using Dogs
Water Search: Reading Your Dog To the Depths

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