So I had a meeting yesterday afternoon. While waiting for the attendees I found myself answering questions about the dogs. Most people who know me know that we have dogs. Of course everyone wants to know what Küster has been doing and what are his weekend plans. This time of year I hear a lot of, “Wow, but It’s cold outside. What about the weather?”
Yep, There’s Weather
In a perfect world people would become lost on a seventy degree Fahrenheit day, during the day. But, truth be told, in the last four years I have only been on two searches that I remember for a “live” missing person during the day. All the searches have been in inclement conditions. It’s cold or hot or probably raining.
So what does this all have to do with search and rescue? We train where we work. We train in the weather when it’s nice out and when it’s at its worst. Of course we make sure things are safe for both the K-9 handlers and their K-9 partners.
By training in different weather conditions you learn a few things. Climate affects your dog. It also effects you. I personally do not enjoy the hot humidity of the summer where we live. The air can seem so thick it is difficult to breathe. I enjoy the cooler weather. But, knowing this helps me to prepare for future searches when the weather is not cooperating. What do I need to do to make sure Küster and I are safe when we are out in bad weather.
We joke with Küster’s breeder that he is from Wisconsin and we know this by his love for snow. He loves his job but in the winter he can sometimes be a little playful. Early this week I ran Küster on a quick training trail over my lunch break. I now remember that I need to let him get his ya-ya’s out before putting him to work. During the summer he slows down a little. We also need to take breaks and rehab ourselves by drinking water.
Call Me Crazy
Yep, probably. You’re crazy. This is the look I typically get after telling others my plans for the weekend when the weather is not so favorable. I say to each his own. But, I also know that there are a few like minded people out there that are gearing up for this weekend’s training days no matter what the weather forecast is predicting. Yes, it’s going to be cold outside for us this weekend. Hopefully, nobody will really get lost in this weather, but it seems like the worse the weather is, the more likely somebody will get lost, so we’re off for training.