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They Are Missed

In Memoriam
If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die, I want to go where they went.
—Will Rogers


Drago Memorial

Drago Jager van de Ziel "Hunter of Souls"

February 15, 2002 ~ July 23, 2017

Drago was a fiercely loyal partner with a long and successful Search K9 career. A talented hunter to his core, he certified at 13 months old and retired at 13 years old. Drago spent most of his career working as a resource for the FBI Evidence Response Team in Los Angeles. Some of Drago's accomplishments:

  • Los Angeles FBI Evidence Response Team resource with successful deployments throughout the Western US, Mexico, and Saudi Arabia.
    • Numerous recoveries including clandestine graves and disaster recoveries
    • Tri-State K9/Great Basin K9 SAR human remains detection certifications land and water
    • CARDA CA/OES human remains detection certification
    • USPCA and NNDDA human remains detection certifications
    • Live find certification from CA P.O.S.T.
    • 3rd Place USPCA Detector Dog National Competition re Human Remains
    • USA Schutzhund BH
    • UKC Nosework: PT1, PT2, ANC, NNV
  • His contributions include siring Kikki's litter which produced two patrol K9s, two security K9s, and three SAR K9s including his son, and our mission ready team member, Rekker. Drago was a strong and loving companion and working partner. He was truly one of a kind, is dearly missed, and lives on forever in our hearts.

    Drago Collage


    Kikki New 12/17

    Vrijheid's Brigita "KIKKI" ~ May 30, 2005 ~ November 25, 2016

    Kikki was an amazing K9 ambassador with a sweet disposition, an eagerness to please, a loyal spirit, and a strong work ethic. She had an incredible life and so generously gave back to humanity with spirit and devotion. Some of Kikki's accomplishments:

    • Los Angeles FBI Evidence Response Team resource with successful deployments in California, Idaho, and Utah with recoveries.
    • Tri-State K9/Great Basin K9 SAR human remains detection certifications land and water
    • CARDA CA/OES human remains detection certification
    • NAPWDA human remains detection certification
    • USA Schutzhund A (high in trial obedience)
    • NARA French Ring 1 (2nd leg 1st place with 190.6/200 points)
    • USA Mondio Ring 1 (1st leg obtained at USMRA Nationals)
    • AKC Canine Good Citizen Certified

    Kikki also made an invaluable contribution as a wonderful mother of two patrol K9s, two security K9s, and 3 SAR K9s including her son, and our mission ready team member, Rekker. She lives on in our hearts and through the example she set for our team SAR dogs that follow in her footsteps. Rest easy sweet girl.


    KikkiWater



    KaiserIM
    KAISER ~ December 5, 2015

    Great Basin said "Goodbye" to one of our founding members today. Kaiser was the standard bearer and one we all looked up to. He was a great search dog with certifications in avalanche, wilderness area, land cadaver, shoreline, open water, human remains recovery, evidence, and building search. He was a strong, powerful dog but also a kind and gentle friend. His passing came much too soon. He will be greatly missed for a very long time. We hope he is running free and strong and that he has found someone to throw his toy for him until Kurt and the rest of us get there to do it as we always did.



    MagicIM
    MAGIC ~ May 2, 2015

    Our sweet Magic, an 8 month old Labrador Retriever, was well on her way to becoming a stellar SAR K9. She had all the drive and enthusiasm that anyone could ask for. She embodied everything we look for in a SAR dog. Sadly, we lost her all too soon. She lives on in our hearts and the experience learned in training her is being passed along to her successor.