I live in Co.Clare and am a member of Doolin Coast Guard Unit. When I got Zac in the summer of 2005, I contacted SARDA with a view to training him as a search dog. I met up with some Galway Mountain Rescue members who were also training dogs with SARDA and took it from there. I attended my first SARDA National Training weekend as a body in Sligo , in September of that year.
Caitríona and Zac qualified as a Search Dog team in Wicklow in May 2008 and were re assessed and re qualified in October 2010, in the Commeraghs. Zac retired from search dog work in February 2012 , having assisted on call outs in all parts of the country as well as with his local SAR team , Doolin Coast Guard.
Caitríona is now training another dog, Jodie. Jodie passed his stock and obedience tests in February 2013 and is now learning the ropes .