Our K9 Stars

James and Molly’s certificate for passing their operational assessment and becoming even more of an asset to Serve On’s dog team.

James and Molly’s certificate for passing their operational assessment and becoming even more of an asset to Serve On’s dog team.

Take a bow (wow), Molly and Ziggy.

Our amazing search dogs have passed their operational assessments, with a little help from handlers James and Roger.

It’s the first operational dog assessment our team has done for more than three years so their success is by no means an every day event.

Serve On K9 rescuers Molly and Ziggy earned their official status by passing their operational assessment.

Serve On K9 rescuers Molly and Ziggy earned their official status by passing their operational assessment.

Huge amounts of training are required to reach the level of excellence demanded of search dogs and their handlers and our K9 rescuers performed brilliantly for independent assessors at a gruelling overnight event in Lincolnshire.

Serve On dog team ‘s Ziggy and handler Roger after they successfully passed their operational assessment.

Serve On dog team ‘s Ziggy and handler Roger after they successfully passed their operational assessment.

The training site was mocked up as the scene of a multi-building collapse and, in a series of tests through the darkness and into the following day, Molly and Ziggy each had to find three missing ‘casualties’ hidden in the rubble.

They were brilliantly supported by Craig, Kim, Cookie and Paddy.

Dog team leader Andy paid tribute to the successful pairs, James and Molly and Roger and Ziggy.

He said: “Training a dog is a daily thing that takes dedication and a commitment like nothing else.

“We put the time in to get a great dog to be a resource for a great international and national response team.”

Andy encouraged others to support the Serve On dog team as much as possible and said people outside of the dog team might be surprised to know just how much time it takes to train a dog and the effort it takes to be a dog handler.

He said: “What you may not be aware of is that most of the financial costs are taken on by the handler.

“This can be up to £74,000 over its eight years of being worked.”

Serve On dog team’s Molly and handler James after successfully passing their operational assessment.

Serve On dog team’s Molly and handler James after successfully passing their operational assessment.

So, congratulations to Roger and Ziggy, James and Molly and all of the Serve On dog team who are out all year in all weathers training to make sure we have such a brilliant resource.

We’re sure they’ll be on Santa’s ‘Nice’ list this Christmas, but you can donate too to help the work of Serve On.