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Canine Search & Rescue Volunteers Needed

From: Margaret
Sent on: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 11:14 AM

Hello hikers and nature lovers,

A friend of mine who is involved with Front Range Rescue Dogs, a search and rescue volunteer organization here in the Denver area, is soliciting volunteers to help with being mock "victims" that their dogs go out and try to find. They have these exercises once a month, usually within an hour of Boulder. This is a well-respected, established organization with expert rescue dogs and new dog trainees.

If you think you may want to volunteer once or several times, here's what you should know:

-- You must be comfortable being alone in the "wilderness", in the woods, for several hours. The FRRD organization places you in a spot, so you are never wandering around lost. They know where you are. The dogs do not. Or, if you come with a family member or friend, you can request to stay together. This is a great opportunity to "contemplate" out in the woods, people!!

-- You must have appropriate gear for hiking and clothing for all types of possible weather. A tarp is helpful in case of precipitation.

-- You will have a radio with you and can communicate with the human leaders at all times in case you need something or have questions

-- Typically you can drive up most of the way to your hiding spot but may have to hike in up to a mile sometimes.

-- This is a volunteer activity that helps Front Range Rescue Dogs. It's not a paid activity and it's at your own risk.

-- You can bring a friend!!


If this sounds like something you'd be into, please email me at [address removed] and I'll put you in touch with the FRRD leader directly. The next training is the evening of October 24th (Monday).

I did one of these exercises and it was fun! They usually do a little lunch or snacks afterward as a thank you to volunteers.


Margaret Emerson

Organizer, Contemplative Hiking MeetUp

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