A searchful week

Tuesday afternoon we received a call of a missing man in Rochester NY. Abby and I hit the truck and drove the 3 hours to the city of Greece right on lake Ontario as far north as we could go before hitting Canada! We were fielded immediately and put right to work clearing an area till dark fell. We spent the night and reported to staging the next morning at 8 am.  Abby and I put in another day of clearing areas which included some very swampy and wet terrain. Abby worked great and we headed home Wednesday night to let fresh K9’s take over the next day.

Abby taking a rest

Well no rest for the weary!!!


This morning at 630am my phone rang, we had a missing hiker 3 hours east in Olive NY in Ulster County. The bad news, 7-10 inches of snow projected for this evening. We picked up Kara to be our flanker and headed right out. We were in the IC no more then 5 minutes before we had an search area, if only i had known what the area was!!!!!!!

We started up a jeep trail but quickly realized that Balsam Cap was a trail less climb and the area we were assigned was steep. Our goal was not to make it to the peek but to work the drainages up and down below it, where our missing hiker may have gotten stuck, lost, or hurt. 4 miles straight up and down worked us hard, including a few slips and slides down into the ravine. Abby worked like a pro and never tired out or gave up, she did everything i asked of her and more, i think the 15 miles a week of running may be paying off!!!!

The blue line is the tip of our path


The blue line above is just the tip of the path we took, most of it up and down steep inclines. Tonight will be a quite one, abby curled up asleep in whatever bed is closest to me and the rest of the dogs spread around happy mom is home!

Terrific Tip Tuesday

EICT has begun to realize that just reaching out to it’s clients through weekly training is not enough. I want to let as many people as i can have the ULTIMATE relationship with their dog.  I want to teach as much as i can, and pass on my dog knowledge to all. I am currently accepting email’s with short common problem descriptions, example My dog pee’s in the house and he is 2 years old. I am positive you are not the only owner experiencing this problem and every Tuesday i will pick one of the problems to blog about. So what are you waiting for EMAIL ME EliteInstinctCanine@gmail.com   Don’t forget if you would like a Free Dog Behavioral Consult to visit our website.


The pack welcomes Jason

Jason is the newest Life Long Tails foster pup who came into our house last night. Filming his welcoming party to share with all. The Canine Copilot pack is great with new dogs and you can see everyone stop and check him out a few times. Little jason is only 4 pounds and 7 weeks old! He will be up for adoption in a few weeks.


Home on the range

Working long hours the last few months has taken a toll on not only my blogging but my picture time with the pups. This morning with coffee in hand i strolled onto the back deck enjoying the sun and warm breeze and had a wee little photo op with the pups. The co-pilot’s are doing great and adjusting to the new routine in the family.

Olive looking old as usual.

Olive went for a nice walk over the weekend with mom and dad. Most of the time we kept her on leash so her legs didn’t give out as much, but man she still jumped like crazy when the chipmunks chirped!! You could see it in her eyes, she wondered why her body wouldn’t let her mind carry on like she had in her younger years.

Tractor, english bulldog, plenty of woods to play......what more does a guy need??


After over a year and a few setbacks Valentine’s legs are finally getting close to where they used to be. She still walks bowed out, and i will never do a ACL/CCL surgery again on a dog like her, but she is leading a happy life. She is still her crazy reactive emotional self but her father loves her for who she is! She got a fun tractor ride and helped us unload all the agility equipment from the trailer back onto the agility field.

Anna the most regal dog of them all!!!!

Anna’s been keeping up with her job well, as resident ear cleaner that is 🙂 She likes to keep everyone in order and try to maintain a certain level of cleanliness with everyone!!

Abigail nails it!

Last month Abby completed her certification for live airscent and Human Remains Detection for New York State Federation of Search and Rescue. Earlier this month at our annual Combined Federation Training she completed her water HRD certification as well. Congrats to abby for such a wonderful job!

Certified Airscent Live, HRD, and Water K9 Abby!!!!