A 3-year-old search-and-rescue dog in Scotland has received a special honor thanks to his brave efforts in saving an unconscious woman from blizzard conditions earlier this year.
The dog, named Rauour (meaning “red” in Icelandic), was given the PDSA Commendation from the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals, a UK animal charity, the organization announced May 17.
In February, Rauour and his handler, John Romanes, who work with the Tweed Valley Search and Rescue Team, were called out after a 20-person team had spent three hours searching for a woman lost in blizzard conditions.
It took Rauour only two minutes to locate the woman, who was unconscious and suffering from advanced hypothermia. She was in a thick conifer forest and trapped in the hole of a tree root, PDSA reported. She was airlifted to a hospital and treated.
“Rauour’s detection skills really came to the fore that night,” Romanes said. “His role as an air-scenting search dog was more effective than a 20-strong team performing a line search on the ground. Without him finding the casualty when he did, the outcome could have been very grave indeed.”
The Tweed Valley Search and Rescue team posted a congratulations note to Romanes and Rauour on Facebook:
“The team has always highly valued our members who take on the additional work involved in training and working search dogs—each pairing is worth their weight in gold! We are very proud that one of our four-legged members has achieved this award!”
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