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09-30-2014 10:50 AM
wyoung2153 Interesting Nancy! Thanks for sharing!
09-29-2014 08:53 PM
jocoyn Found a neat link with all kinds of information......
09-29-2014 04:33 PM
wyoung2153 anything found on the simple greem search??

Started reading (well picked the book back up since a few months ago) "Scent of the Missing" by Susannah Charleson this weekend. About half way through and I love it. Anyone read this before?

I love reading about the searches and realizign how much I actually retained from training, lol. It is making me a bit itchy with wanting to get back into it. Started to try and convince myself it was time to get back to the team, but then having to remind myself why I left, that now isn't the time, and my time will come. But man it's one of those books that just makes me want to start all over in training.

Looking forward to the day where I can find a team closer to me and a little more of what I'm looking for, not to mention when I can specifically buy a pup with that criteria in mind!
09-28-2014 07:19 AM
jocoyn Interesting; I would love to hear what you find. Obviously we don't get into the stuff you might get in but swamp goo is nasty stuff and if it kills germs....... ON a side note training yesterday was good and bad.

Bad...had some real regression on water search training. Going to seek out some help. He was gangbusters when good that at 15 months he "beat out" the other dogs during our NAPWDA test for closeness to source on the boat problems. Had some water finds in real life, too. But it is just like he is not even throwing body language on the boat. or getting down to the water......right now he is not going to work any drownings and we have over the winter to fix. It's all good with land problems....not sure what is going on.

Good...after was only me and another team dog and both our dogs were out. Beau is an 'only dog' now and I like to gauge his behavior around other dogs. Perfect. Some sniff sniffs (she is intact female, he is intact male)......then off to sniff dog poo, pee, and look for sticks and run in the water. IOW, meh, just another dog. "Mom,can you throw this stick for me?" [and I don't even throw sticks, but I learned awhile back not to throw toys around another dog unless you know what is going to happen]
09-27-2014 06:42 PM
Originally Posted by jocoyn View Post
Wow thats a butyl cleaner; a respiratory irritant. Is it because it does a better job than Dawn? Dawn was what we used at the FOREST (WCU)

I don't know much about it. But it's the safest based on FEMA research. It's what's required in our cache. Never had an issue. Was told it was all natural. Now I am going to look it up. Dawn is gentle and safe, yes, but it leaves residue, suds a lot, and does not work for everything we come in contact with.
09-26-2014 09:32 AM
jocoyn Wow thats a butyl cleaner; a respiratory irritant. Is it because it does a better job than Dawn? Dawn was what we used at the FOREST (WCU)
09-26-2014 01:13 AM
gsdsar Simple green, a hose and brush. Best Decon possible. It's what we use in USAR.
09-25-2014 05:44 PM
jocoyn This is about right for the gators. Glad your team did not suffer the cancer issues. I would not count it at 15 but these were fairly young dogs.

Species Profile: American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) | SREL Herpetology

When we train at Western Carolina the human decomp facility, they always have us decon the dogs after going into the enclosure and I got to thinking other times when the dogs are in questionable environments it is so easy to do. Usually when I get home but I do want to buy one of those portable showers. I think a car wash would be too much .

Well trained yesterday with a teammate during lunch and that was good. Doing water training again on Saturday.
09-25-2014 02:39 PM
Darth_Ariel That's awful x.x My team knock on all the wood things hasn't lost the oldest dogs we have that were part of it. But recently lost the one that was apart of 9/11 and Katrina. And not surprisingly enough she'd gone through cancer, went into remission and I believe kidney failure started. The girl lived to I think she was 15 though. I'm hesitant on all things disaster relief for that reason. I know what comes with the volunteering, but I think some situations are just asking for health issues.
Dawn is actually a really good idea, thank you for that! I'll have to put some in my bag.

Ya'll get gators that far up? I didn't think they went above Georgia. I give water teams in the south so much credit. I was raised most of my life in Florida and I don't think I could ever be on a team down there.
09-16-2014 10:41 PM
jocoyn We did turn down an invite for Katrina and glad we did. We felt ill prepared for massive floodwater search. The two dogs we know who did go were dead of cancer within the year. Actually floodwater and cancer seem to go together. I know several who have died that way. I carry dawn in my truck for decon. Need to get a portable shower.

LOL yeah. the gator as in the 4WD mini truck but we have to deal with gators as in alligators in the low country
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