After many years of loyal service our beloved Hugo has decide it is time to hang up the collar, put the rescue jacket away and live a well-deserved life in retirement. Hugo has been with SARDA for the last 8 years. In the last 2 years he has assisted in 10 searches. Hugo was not only a star on the hills but also on the big screen with Jarlath playing best support, appeared in a film by Niamh O`Riordan aptly named Rescue Me. In the film it focuses on the relationship between two of the rescue team members, Jarlath and Hugo, and how the bond between man and his dog can ultimately, save a life and anyone who knows the pair will know there is an unbreakable bond between the two. Hugo constantly has one eye on Jarlath waiting for the next command or instruction.
A tireless little worker who likes nothing more than to get out on the hills, not even fazed by a group of young scouts in Cavan, when demonstrating how a search and rescue dog is trained. The scouts were in awe when they had tried their best to hide but Hugo managed to sniff them out.
Recently Jarlath brought Hugo to the vet as he was limping badly this past while following the last training session. After the results of X-rays it was found that Hugo was suffering from osteoarthritis in his front legs, joints and elbow and an unstable cruciate ligament in his front leg. The best advice of the Vet was to retire from Search and Rescue and to treat him with anti-inflammatories
Hugo, along with Jarlath, are active members with Galway Mountain Rescue Team and I am sure that they will miss him as much as we will. And we have been informed by Jarlath that with the recent good weather Hugo has taken to the life of retirement very easily.
From everyone in SARDA past and present, we wish Hugo all the best in retirement and hope to see him out for a visit along with Boss on training weekends