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Piper, affectionately known as “Panda Bear,” came to be my K-9 Search & Rescue partner on May 11, 2013. She was five months old when we brought her home. After a few days of bonding, we began the first step in SAR training which is the hide-n-seek game. This is where someone holds the puppy and the handler gets them all excited and runs away and hides behind something. Then they let the puppy go to come find you. After six practice sessions she was so consistent that it was time to move onto the next step where she finds people she knows while she remains with me. By the end June, she had progressed to find her first stranger in a location that she was completely unfamiliar with. To say I was proud of her is a huge understatement…

Piper & I went to a seminar in March 2014 in Pennsylvania and the instructors were very impressed with her and told me that she would give me many years of great service. We have continued locating our “mock” victims in all sorts of terrains, as well as building searches, using various props (ex. Tarp) and even 2 victims hiding at a time. Her longest search to date was approximately one mile long and took us almost an hour to complete.

Piper is the most expressive and kind-hearted dog I’ve ever worked with. She is truly a hoot and my sunshine. We’ve got a little ways to go yet but our hope is to become a nationally certified team by Summer/Fall of 2015. If you are interested in K9 SAR please feel free to contact me by email at for any questions you might have. More updates on our progress to come…

Carrie Gamblin

Read more about the Sylvia's breeding program that began with dogs from Buckingham Ranch.

Working in a field at the March 2014 Pennsylvania seminar. She is finding the victim in the pic.


Piper and Carrie in Pennsylvania getting ready to do short exercises on a long line to reinforce the recall/refind commands.


Piper's 1st birthday party which we had at the squad bldg after practice with all her K-9 team companions and Sylvia brought her brother Joey, since it was also his first birthday. It was a huge family affair with alot of happy & tired pups by the end.


Piper and Carrie in the squad boat for her first boat ride.


At the squad bldg again at one of the member's son's birthday party. She is great with kids. We've
done several other events where we have educated children.

Piper just being Piper.

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© 2015 Karen Redmond, Owner, Buckingham Ranch Aussies, Lee County, Fort Myers, Florida
Breeder of Fine Australian Shepherds - Aussie Puppies Occasionally Available for Sale, Mini Zebus, Parrots