On 6 December Sara was called to participate
in SAR mission. She again went only with her Cap, because Myf
is pregnant and quite fat already :-). The mission took place
in Sestine (part of Zagreb) and they were looking for a female
person, about 30 years old, whose disappearance was reported
by her friend day earlier. Sara and her colleague Zvonko Seb,
from KOSSP Zagreb, had to search in very steep sector, which
was quite far away from the place where, eventually, Croatian
Rescue Mountain service found missing lady, around 12 o’clock.
She unfortunately was not alive.
On 15 November 2009 Sara and Myf competed in
SAR RH-FL/B exam in Nova Gorica (Slovenia). Searching and dexterity
part of exam were judged by Jerneja Ternovec and obedience by
Katja Skulj. This time Myf found all three persons and gained
176/200 points. Most of the points she lost she did because
her barking at two hidden persons was inconsistent and not so
good. But, Sara was generally pleased with Myf's work, with
ability to direct her and her will to search the area. Dexterity
work did Myf almost perfectly and got 48/50 points (Sara lost
points for two additional unnecessary commands). In obedience
Sara and Myf got 44 point. This time the crawling ("the
problem" they had before) was perfect, but "sendaway"
was again too short and also Myf lied down from sitting position
when she heard the gun shot. Sara and Myf were second placed
in this competition and the best dog was again Myf’s aunt
Mona and her handler Ana Viller. Mawlch Lars with his owner
Petra passed RH-FL/A exam with excellent 196 points for searching
SAR MISSION IN
On Sunday, 18th October 2009, Sara received
a call for participation in rescue mission. On Friday night,
one old and ill lady, with brain tumour, walked away from her
home towards neighbouring woods. Sara went to this mission with
her Cap, who although now barely trains SAR, showed that he
has enough strength, will and knowledge for missions that last
for hours (Myf was, unfortunately, with Alen, working with sheep
about 100 km from Zagreb). Together with Croatian mountain rescue
service and local people, they searched steep slopes of Mount
Medvednica above Podsused. The weather was ideal for searching,
cold and windy, so the dogs didn’t get tired fast and
the wind encouraged them to go deep in the searching area. The
search was finished with no success in the evening hours. It
was continued the next morning, when the lady descended (alive
and healthy) back to the village, without knowing where she
was or from what part of wood she came back.
Ana & Mona, Tibor & Mav, Sara & Cap, Bruna
& Loch and Miro & Gioia
On 9 and 10 October 2009 Sara and Myf participated
in IRO SAR exam/competition, organized by DVRPS, in Ljubljana.
They competed in area search, RH-FL/B. Myf first had to complete
the searching part of the exam. Sara was very content, because
Myf searched all the time happily, independently and Sara could
direct her without problem. Myf quickly found two persons without
any problem. The last person, sadly, she could not find, although
Sara was quite sure about where he was. It was a quite big scrub,
which Myf sniffed from all sides, ran around it many times and
randomly went into it, but unfortunately she just couldn’t
catch the smell of the hidden person. Sara believes that the
reason because it was so difficult for Myf to catch the smell
was the fact that there was no wind, it was raining (so the
person’s smell was falling to the ground) and even the
bush had its own intensive smell. But despite of the fact that
they did not pass the exam Sara was very happy because Myf did
her job very motivated and nice. For dexterity and obedience
Sara got 44 and 46 points.
Mawlch Lars also participated in this competition and he was
one of just few dogs who successfully passed this time very
difficult RH-T/B exam. Sincere congratulations to Petra and
Lars on their success!
Petra & Lars
SAR World Championship took place from 1 to
5 July 2009 in Romanian town Craiova. In Croatian team from
KOSSP Zagreb there were three Border Collies from Mawlch kennel:
Myf, Loch and Lynn. Unfortunately none of our dogs found all
three hidden persons in area search, so this year we went home
Croatian team: Darja & Lynn, Tanja & Mishka, Bruna
& Loch, Sara & Myf
Myf was searching very poorly and Sara was
very disappointed with Myf showing reaction on Sara's nervousness.
Myf was not going deep enough in searching area and she behaving
very dependent. Dexterity and obedience part Myf did quite well,
but it was of no importance because of unsuccessful searching
part. Loch and Lynn did their job very motivated, but mostly
because of handler’s inexperience and hot weather, unfortunately
they did not complete their searching as well.
On Sunday, 5 April 2009, Sara and Myf went
to Novo Mesto, town near by, in neighbouring Slovenia, where
they participated in search and rescue test/competition. Organizer
was dog club K9. The test was again area search of 2nd level
The forest in which they were searching was
ideal for test: there were both flat and steep parts, in some
part covered with very dense vegetation and in some parts Sara
could easily see where Myf is running. This time also Myf has
found all 4 hidden persons and gain 194 points (out of 200)
for searching part of test. She lost points when Myf, already
tiered, barked with somewhat lower intensity and because, in
judge’s opinion, Sara didn’t search one small part
of area well enough.
Obedience exercises were, surprisingly, done
very poorly – Sara and Myf got only 42 points. They lost
some point everywhere, mostly because Sara’s lowered concentration,
because of which Myf played with retrieving object or totally
lost concentration when passing group of people.
Heelwork (fast pace)
Obstacles (dexterity work) Myf did it almost
perfectly, loosing only 2 points in “Directability at
the distance” exercise.
Because she is really satisfied with how Myf
works, Sara is seriously considering going to SAR World Championship
in Romania this year. They gain enough points to qualify.
At this test/competition Bruna and Loch also
passed RF/FL-B test with more than 270 points, which is minimum
to be eligible for qualifying to World Championship. Congratulations!
After almost one year of training abstinence
and after both Sara and Myf finished their maternity leave,
this January they started with area search trainings.
The first goal is already achieved: Sara and Myf passed area
search test of 2nd level (RH-FL/B) with excellent mark.
Happy Sara after test
The test was organized by KOSSP-a
Zagreb. The searching part was held in beautiful, but in
some parts very dense wood near Jezdovec village. Myf got excellent
195/200 points in searching part of the test. This time Sara
is very satisfied with Myf's intensity of working, her independence
and the fact that Myf also reacted well on Sara's directional
commands. The only thing Sara didn't like is that Myf sometimes
shortly stopped barking while Sara was coming towards her and
the hidden person. Sara realised that she has to train that
more often with Myf. There were four persons hidden and it was
quite challenging to find them (and even more to run to them
and back :-)) in 20 minutes. That was maybe the main reason
why only Myf and Darja's Mawlch Lynn, out of 6 candidates, passed
Relaxing (on the left is Darja's Lynn)
Obedience and dexterity work Myf did in her usual confident
style and got 48/50 points for obedience and 47/50 for dexterity.
Sara decided that she must teach Myf to wait (without a command)
after a helper carries her away from Sara and must teach her
to crawl better, because it is really stupid to lose points
on that almost every time.
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