Pike County Search Dog

$305 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 11 people in 43 months
After a massive six hour search for a 3 year old girl lost in a cornfield, Ryan Crowder Pittsfield Volunteer FireFighter has made a commitment to fill the Gap here in Pike County Illinois to help assist  surrounding Law enforcement and Fire services and anyone in need of searching for a loved one.  We have located a Bloodhound Named Nick,available for sale located San Antonio Texas. Nick is 4 years old 95lbs and ready to work. Nick is currently being used in texas to assist in elementary schools to educate with a "stranger Danger" program and has many deployment hours My goal is to raise enough money to assist in the purchase of the K9 and travel expenses to cover the nearly 1000 mile trip one way" My dream would be to have enough funds raised to kick start a nonprofit organization to help assist others who may be interested in becoming a search dog handler and kick off this much needed program to help those when its needed most. If we are able to get Nick to Pike County he would be a great resource to be used by all surronding fire and law enforcement agencies. The acquisition of nick is not intended to replace any existing search efforts or agencies but compliment existing search efforts; it is not intended to replace anyone! Search dogs are a tool, not a total solution. When waiting for that callout, they are valuable to teach family safety.

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Hey folks just wanted to update you on my training experience. Last week I attended CSAR (canine search and rescue) seminar. I still have a long ways to go on reading this dog but a lot of progress was made and I can definitely read next body language a lot better than what I could before. It was a good and valuable training. I have been training hard and trying to get to where I can be efficient and a valuable resource for pike and surrounding counties. I'm also looking for people who would be willing to help me train and be my victims and let me train with different scenarios. Thanks to all and I will keep you posted.
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Hey everyone I just wanted to thank everyone who has donated or will donate. Im hearing up for a week long traiking seminar with nick in the mark twain national Forrest down in mo. I'm excited this will be a great learning experience for he and i to continue to to grow and work as a team. Thanks again everyone.
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Things are going well with nick he is adjusting to the Midwest. :) I ran the first track with him yesterday. 25 minute old track 3/4 mikle long finished it it about 25 minutes. Would like to say a huge thanks to all of Those who have donated and if your thinking about it please do! its for a good cause. And the first time we need him and you didn't give and it's you or a loved one you might feel like a knucklehead. Lol
Thanks again all
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We made it to Texas were only an hour away from the Mexico border. We met nick. Had some intense training. I've got a long road ahead with learning to read him. But it was good. We ran done good tracks. On our way home now. I was really impressed and can't wait to get him home!
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$305 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 11 people in 43 months
Created July 17, 2014
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$25
Anonymous
42 months ago
$20
Anonymous
43 months ago
WG
$10
Wendy Griffin
43 months ago

This would be a great asset to the community. Good luck in your fundraising! Sorry I can't give more.

JD
$50
Jane Drechsler
43 months ago

I think this is a great idea and kudos to you for undertaking this worthwhile endeavor.

$20
Anonymous
43 months ago
JP
$20
Jill Payne
43 months ago

Ryan, I hope you'll be able to purchase Nick. He will be a great asset to Pike and surrounding counties. Good luck!!!

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