Race against time…

That’s when search and like Ginny in.” are called

Country Walking Magazine (UK) - - News -

but they’re usu­ally not se­ri­ous. And it’s be­cause it at­tracts a very wide clien­tele – every­one from kids up to gran­nies. We had a kid last year who broke her an­kle – she was just run­ning down and turned it over.”

“She told her dad that she couldn’t put any weight on it, as it was hurt­ing, and af­ter be­ing told ‘not to be so soft,’ she man­aged to go an­other 100 me­tres be­fore they re­alised her foot had twisted 90 de­grees. She’d had a triple break in the bone and needed pins put in. Her dad was ab­so­lutely mor­ti­fied after­wards! We car­ried her off to the wait­ing air am­bu­lance.”

Last year Keswick MRT at­tended 94 in­ci­dents. The team re­sponds to a va­ri­ety of call-outs, many of them ac­ci­dents in­volv­ing bro­ken bones and lower leg in­juries, but Mick says around 30% in­volve searches. When a walker is lost or a vul­ner­a­ble per­son goes miss­ing, it can be a race against time to find them; that’s when search and res­cue dogs like Ginny are called in. Mick’s trained three dogs in his time as a han­dler and he ex­plains it takes time to hone their skills.

“They’re usu­ally col­lies in the Lake Dis­trict and it’s their agility and en­durance that’s needed to a large ex­tent. You need the dog to be stock sound and obe­di­ent be­fore you start, and you need the adult bark. Once you have those, she will al­ways work for some­thing like a squeaky toy or ball.”

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