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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


KIKKI ~ May 30, 2005 ~ November 25, 2016

It is with heavy hearts that Great Basin K9 SAR team members have to say "Vaarwel" to K9 Kikki. Sonja Nordstrom gave her an incredible life and the two of them so generously gave back to humanity with spirit and devotion She was an exceptional K9 ambassador with a sweet disposition, an eagerness to please, a loyal spirit, and a strong work ethic. Kikki and Sonja's accomplishments are vast: 

  • Tri-State K9 and Great Basin K9 SAR human remains detection
  • CARDA CA/OES human remains detection
  • NAPWDA human remains detection
  • 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)
  • Los Angeles FBI Evidence Response Team resource with successful deployments in California, Idaho, and Utah with recoveries
  • 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. Although we will miss this kind girl, we hope that she is now running strong and free with those who have preceded her. Sonja has yet another spirit guardian watching over her.


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.

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. 

Walkabout's Tornado Taylor ~ May 2, 1995 - May 8, 2009


Phoenix Vom Valkyre ~ November 9, 2001 - January 24, 2012



Lucien ~ July 12, 2011 - March 19, 2013