Monthly Archives: December 2011
Recap (just encase you aint paying attention – you listening at the back?)
- I is still Bryn ( Daltons roving reporter extraordinaire)
- We are with our furiends Trossachs Search and Rescue team in Scotland (they are a bit ace!)
- Rescued dad from field (quite impressive)
- Rescued typist from river (just as impressive)
- I played fetch (highlight of day)
- Are now hunting for the burger van??!!
Yes my furiends an actual burger van, where the two legs ate burgers and haggis and sausages and drank cups of tea and I got nowt. I will have to reread my contract!
So once they had all stuffed their faces we headed off to our second fire station of the day (at this news I thought typist was going to faint!) to do some enclosed spaces rescues, at this news typist nearly did faint as she is not a fan of small places.
So yet again typist and dad changed clothes (3rd change for typist, 2nd for dad) and set off on their hands and knees. Stuart knew I was more into sticks than small details so he didn’t do a lot of explaining on how these searches work; however I assume it is the same principal as an open area search using smells on wind, and guiding the handler in to the body.
Once typist and dad were in position we sent in Gayle and Taz, who did a super job of rescuing them both and making sure typist was still breathing.
And then we sent in Iain and Glen, and as typist was getting acclimatised she remembered to take some photos
and a video of being found
Stuart did distract me from my stick long enough to tell me that all the training is carried out as play, with the reward being a favourite toy. What an ace idea!!
Once we had rescued dad and typist for the second time,
I got them to pose for some group photos
So to quickly recap on my last post…
- I’m Bryn, the roving reporter – hello!
- Arrived in Scotland, lovely hotel
- Went to Fire station – no firemen (gutted typist)
- Watched two very impressive open area searches
- Rescued dad (hurray)
- Overheard a conversation about throwing typist into the river (very excited)
You will never believe it but they were telling the truth – the very next thing we did on our Scottish weekend away was go down to the River Forth and chuck typist into it!
Calm down, obviously as we all quite like typist we did ensure she had all the correct equipment (doesn’t she look snazzy)
And then they sent in the lovely Aiyla in to pull her out (all seems a bit barmy if you ask me!)
Stuart used the ‘chucking in typist’ technique to show off how ace Aiyla is. She is a Newfoundland dog who has been specially trained to rescue people from the water, and she is so fantastic if needs be she can rescue more than one person at once!
Firstly typist had to wade out a suitable distance from the bank,
and then duck down in the water and wave n scream like a mad woman (which she found surprisingly easy!)
Within minutes Aiyla was in the water racing to rescue typist,
although typist did say it felt like an eternity before Aiyla came to the rescue.
However, after further discussion with Aiyla’s dad John, we discovered that she is just as clever as she looks and she carries out her own full assessment of the situation before entering the water. How clever is that?
Once all the two legs thought that Aiyla would jump off a jetty to perform a rescue, and when she didn’t this confused the two legs, so they had a closer look and realised that she had spotted and avoided some rather jagged rocks which they had all missed. Knew us dogs were clever!
Anyway I digress, so Aiyla swam out to typist who grabbed onto her special rescue coat (Ailylas coat not typists) and was towed to safety!
Hurray for Aiyla, well typist was so excited she was sent in again, which meant that poor Aiyla had to go in again and to make it even harder this time John went in as well and Aiyla had to rescue them both.
Well watching Aiyla do all that work made me hungry so I was very pleased when lunchtime was announced, especially as someone had mentioned a burger van….