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Mountain Rescue dog enjoying well-deserved rest
Friday 13th January 2017 @ 13:34 by Adam Higgins
Buxton Community News

Search and Rescue dog Megan is putting her paws up after 10 years helping save lives.

The four-legged Buxton Mountain Rescue Team star (pictured) went into well-earned retirement on Boxing Day.

After 18 call-outs a year, searching hundreds of kilometres of land, she deserves the rest.

Team spokesman Ian Hurst said: “During her career, Megan made seven operational finds, two of which could well have been life-saving.

“All the team wish her a long and happy retirement.”

For Buxworth-born Megan, it’s an end to day and night moorland missions in all kinds of weather, for a cosy spot by the fire.

She’s loving every snoozing second of life with her owner and handler Dave.

Ian said: “Megan has reached 12 years of age and Dave decided at this age it was time for her to retire.

“She was born in December 2004 and at 14 weeks went to live with Dave who started the process of training her as an air-scenting search dog.”

Megan successfully passed her first assessments in July 2007 and started work immediately.

In March 2010, she was being ‘commended’ by a Derbyshire Chief Constable for finding the concealed body of murder victim.

The discovery subsequently led to a successful investigation and prosecution of the offender.

Megan will stay with her family during her retirement and continue to attend team fundraising and public events.

She will also continue to attend training sessions with novice dogs, passing on her experiences.

Dave is currently in the process of training a new search dog ‘Griff’ who will have some big paws to fill.


By David Jones