Here's my suggestion: read all the information they have made publicly available. Then instead of asking questions that have already been answered there, ask more in-depth questions that you may have. They will likely be accustomed to answering basic questions but you will show sincerity if you have already done some homework.So Tucson's first SAR meeting of the year will be this Wednesday and I was invited to come by if I was interested in joining. I don't really know what to expect or what to ask other then about time/training commitments. Any pointers?
Agreed. As I said I sort of fell into SAR with my dog who flunked out, but I'm looking for another dog...in maybe 6 months at the earliest, because I realize how much I have to learn. It's definitely a good idea to get involved prior to getting a dog for SAR.Let us know how it goes. It works out real well to get all the groundwork laid before you try to bring in a dog and you can learn a LOT by hiding for and flanking for other dog teams.
Well as an ACD fan, I'll say that I have trouble finding other ACDs (of which Queensland Heelers are at best a line, and that name is often used as a synonym for ACD) in SAR, so that is neat to learn about that team (I did not Google it myself ). I will say that my heelers cope with NM heat far better than any of the GSDs I know. ACDs are bred for extreme arid conditions like we face in the southwestern US.dog27 said:Why are Queensland Heelers often chosen for SAR on the team? Is it because they have proven to be very tolerant to the desert heat? Are German Shepherds in general not able to cope as well with the conditions?
Thanks. I've already checked out the website way beforehand. That's how I found them. I'm the type who always does my research before I spend the time actually trying it. I was just wondering if there was a "basic set" of questions that I should have been asking.Here's my suggestion: read all the information they have made publicly available. Then instead of asking questions that have already been answered there, ask more in-depth questions that you may have. They will likely be accustomed to answering basic questions but you will show sincerity if you have already done some homework.
From a google search for "tucson sar dog" it appears the group's web site is:
There is a lot of good information there that will answer questions such as time/training commitments and when a candidate member is eligible to start a dog.
Unfortunately when the "training" link is clicked I get a 404 Not Found error. But I found that if I change the URL extension from '.htm' to '.html' then it works:
Southwest Rescue Dogs, Inc. - Meet the Team
The information on this hidden page will be helpful, but the header incorrectly says "Meet the Team" when it should be "Training". Maybe there is an opportunity for a candidate member with web skills to help out in that department.
Think of your own questions that are relevant to you. Here is an example that I would be curious about:
Why are Queensland Heelers often chosen for SAR on the team? Is it because they have proven to be very tolerant to the desert heat? Are German Shepherds in general not able to cope as well with the conditions?
I am the only person in their 20s on my team (I'm 28). There are 2 people in their 30s, and the rest (10+) are in their late 40s/early 50s at least.I'm pretty sure I was the youngest person there; that was a little intimidating. :wild: But everybody was really friendly and nice; they were like a big family.
Yep, that's the key. I'm a bit more social than you maybe--my boyfriend and I usually go out Fridays and Saturdays, and occasionally during the week, but I have a really flexible job. During the winters I make most of my income as a freelance writer/editor so incredibly flexible (and also why I post online so much this time of year LOL), and during the other 9 months of the year I train horses for a small breeding farm (it's in the mountains with no indoor arena, hence my 2-3 months more-or-less off every year ) whose owners totally support my SAR involvement and are happy to give me time off whenever I need, except for horse show weekends which in our breed/region are only 4-5 weekends a year. Otherwise, I can take any time I need off for training and call outs. I also don't have kids and don't plan for them. That's really the only thing that allows me to do it at my age.Well I'm not a typical 23 year old. I don't go to the bars/clubs or do anything really. I have a nice, quiet, boring life. Other then work and taking the dogs out I really don't go out very much. I'm slowly working on learning how to code ebooks too so I can join my friend's business and work from home. Then I'll have a pretty flexible schedule, which will be nice.