Certified K9s


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Rekker

Breed: Dutch Shepherd
Status: Certified / Mission Ready
Certifications: Land / Open Water / Shoreline Human Remains
Handler: GBK9SAR President, Tri-State K9 Evaluator, NASAR SARTECH II, First Aid/CPR/AED, retired FBI Special Agent, former FBI Evidence Response Team member and Tactical Medic

Rekker is the offspring of two working Search & Rescue K9s. His training started at 5 weeks old in April of 2008. He is certified by Tri-State K9 to locate human remains on land and in water. He has deployed on criminal and missing persons cases with confirmed finds to his credit. Rekker and his handler have deployed several times to Europe with History Flight and contributed to the recovery of two WWII MIA pilots. Rekker's handler has fielded 5 Search & Rescue K9s.


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Taylor

Breed: Golden Retriever
Status: Certified / Mission Ready
Certifications: CGC, Wilderness Air Scent, Land / Open Water Human Remains
Handler: Tri-State K9 Evaluator, NASAR SARTECH II, Avalanche 1 / 2 / 3 certified, OEC, NSP

Taylor was rescued at 18 months of age in September 2012. She has deployed on criminal and missing persons cases on land and water. Taylor's handler has trained retrievers for hunting and successfully campaigned them in AKC licensed field trials. He is an avid outdoors man and skis and whitewater rafts in the Intermountain West.


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Oakley

Breed: German Shepherd
Status: Certified / Mission Ready
Certifications: CGC, Wilderness Air Scent, Land Human Remains
Handler: GBK9SAR Treasurer, former Non-Commissioned U.S. Army Officer, Operation Enduring Freedom veteran, Wilderness First Aid & CPR certified, K9 Wilderness Responder certified

Oakley first joined Great Basin K9 Search & Rescue in July of 2014. As a puppy she began foundational tracking training. Oakley is certified as mission ready by Tri-State K9 on Wilderness Air Scent and Land Human Remains.


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Letti

Breed: Belgian Malinois
Status: Certified / Mission Ready
Certifications: Wilderness Air Scent, Land Human Remains
Handler: Former Non-Commissioned U.S. Air Force Officer, Operation Enduring Freedom veteran, Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran

Letti is a working line Belgian Malinois that started training for SAR at 11 months of age in March 2015. She is certified as mission ready by Tri-State K9 on Wilderness Air Scent and Land Human Remains.


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Anton

Breed: German Shepherd
Status: Certified / Mission Ready
Certifications: CGC, Wilderness Air Scent, Land Human Remains
Handler: NASAR SARTECH II, certified EMT

Anton is from a long line of Schutzhund titled European German Shepherd Dogs. He started training with Great Basin K9 Search & Rescue at 10 months when he began a foundation in tracking. Anton's handler and flanker are his owners who have lived and worked in Park City for over 20 years.


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Timber

Breed: Dutch Shepherd
Status: Certified / Mission Ready
Certifications: Wilderness Air Scent, Land Human Remains, Avalanche
Handler: Former U.S. Army Infantry, Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran, Ski Patrol / Avalanche certified

Timber began his training in the spring of 2015 at 8 weeks of age. As a puppy, he began foundational tracking training. Soon after he transitioned into Wilderness Air Scent and Land Human Remains. His handler is a certified arborist and wildland firefighter who has been with Great Basin K9 SAR since spring 2011. He has been a ski patroller for eight seasons.


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Praxis

Breed: German Shepherd
Status: Certified / Mission Ready
Certifications: CGC, Wilderness Air Scent, Land / Open Water / Shoreline Human Remains
Handler: GBK9SAR Training Officer, NASAR SARTECH II

Praxis is the result of a careful breeding by Havoc K9 in Utah. She was donated to a local urban Search & Rescue unit at a young age then found her way to Great Basin K9 Search & Rescue at 18 months. She is a happy, energetic, sable German Shepherd who is certified as mission ready by Tri-State K9 on Wilderness Air Scent and Land Human Remains. Praxis' handler and flanker are her owners who have lived and worked in Park City for over 20 years.


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Huck

Breed: Weimaraner
Status: Certified / Mission Ready
Certifications: Wilderness Air Scent, Land Human Remains
Handler: First Aid & CPR certified

Huck started training for Search & Rescue at 5 months of age in May of 2015. He and his handler are certified as mission ready by Tri-State K9 on Wilderness Air Scent and Land Human Remains. Huck's owner/handler lives, works, and plays in Park City.


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Ruger

Breed: German Shepherd
Status: Medical Leave
Certifications: CGC, Land Human Remains, Avalanche
Handler: GBK9SAR Vice President, Tri-State K9 Evaluator, NASAR SARTECH II, Former GBK9SAR President

Ruger was selected from a long line of working German Shepherds. He started his SAR training at 7 weeks with a foundation in trailing and has now transitioned to wilderness air scent. He is very focused and serious about his work. Ruger's handler is a long time handler and evaluator of SAR K9s and has decades of Ski Patrol and SAR experience.


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Ember

Breed: Labrador Retriever
Status: Medical Leave
Certifications: CGC, Land Human Remains
Handler: NASAR SARTECH II, certified EMT, Ski Patrol / Avalanche certified, OEC

Ember is bred out of a long line of working avalanche Search & Rescue K9s. She started her training for wilderness air scent at 7 weeks old in August of 2015. Ember's handler is a Park City business owner and has decades of Ski Patrol experience.


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VIGGO

Breed: Dutch Shepherd
Status: Certified / Mission Ready
Certifications: CGC, Land Human Remains
Handler: GBK9SAR President, Tri-State K9 Evaluator, NASAR SARTECH II, First Aid/CPR/AED, retired FBI Special Agent, former FBI Evidence Response Team member and Tactical Medic

Viggo was imported to the U.S. in November of 2018 from a police K9 training center in Holland at the age of 14 months to become a member of GBK9SAR. He was selected for his balanced drives, sustained hunt, physical agility, and happy social personality. He has already proven himself to be a valuable and productive K9 member of the team. Viggo is his handler's 5th certified SAR K9.


In Training K9s


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Dante

Breed: German Shepherd
Status: In Training
Certifications: CGC, Land Human Remains
Handler: GBK9SAR Secretary, Wilderness First Aid & CPR certified, K9 Wilderness Responder certified

Dante is a working line German Shepherd who started his SAR training with Great Basin K9 at six months of age. His handler and flanker are his owners and they are both operational members of Great Basin K9.


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Tikaani

Breed: Belgian Tervuren
Status: In Training
Certifications: Wilderness Air Scent, Land Human Remains
Handler: NASAR SARTECH II

Tikaani started his training with GBK9SAR at 8 months old. He is a sweet dog with great energy and is honing his hunt drive and recall refind. His handler and flanker are his owners and they are both operational members of Great Basin K9.


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Titus

Breed: German Shepherd
Status: In Training
Certifications: None

Titus was selected from a litter of working dogs specifically for Search & Rescue based on a series of aptitude tests performed when he was 7 weeks old. He was brought to Utah and started his training at 8 weeks of age with GBK9SAR. He is growing up to be a beautiful, strong, and motivated boy. He is a half brother to K9 Envy and from the same kennel.


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Envy

Breed: German Shepherd
Status: In Training
Certifications: None
Handler: Wilderness First Aid & CPR certified, K9 Wilderness Responder certified

Envy was selected from a litter of working dogs specifically for Search & Rescue based on a series of aptitude tests performed when she was 7 weeks old. She was brought to Utah and started her training at 9 weeks of age with GBK9SAR. She is growing up to be a tenacious and fearless girl. She is a half sister to K9 Titus and from the same kennel. Her handler and flanker are her owners and they are both operational members of Great Basin K9.


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Tiago

Breed: Belgian Malinois
Status: In Training
Certifications: None
Handler: Retired U.S. Air Force Officer

Tiago began training with Great Basin K9 Search & Rescue in May of 2019 and is focusing on Wilderness Air Scent. Tiago’s parents and lineage come from the old French and Belgian working lines; he was whelped near Boston making the journey to Mountain Green, Utah to enjoy the mountains. He has a foundation in obedience and agility as he transitions to Search & Rescue.


Retired K9s


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Gunny

Breed: Golden Retriever
Status: Retired
Certifications: CGC, Avalanche, Wilderness Air Scent, Land / Open Water / Shoreline Human Remains
Handler: GBK9SAR Operations Officer, Tri-State K9 Evaluator, NASAR SARTECH II, retired U.S. Marine, Vietnam veteran, Former GBK9SAR President

Gunny is a Golden Retriever from Hunters Trace Kennels in Wyoming. He started training as an avalanche dog when he was 9 months old and that discipline will always be his favorite. He was the first dog to be admitted to the snow safety team at Powder Mountain. He participated in almost a hundred searches throughout the Intermountain West before his retirement in 2019. He is a happy-go-lucky golden until his search harness goes on and then he is all business.