After beginning with her CMRD training at 6-months-old, Piper recently became B.A.R.K. certified in the Spring of 2018. As a 5-year old Border Collie with a ton of personality, she is always happy to learn new skills. She has attended two avalanche dogs schools and been part of search and rescue operations near Mt. Baker.
Primary Handler: Sara Cohen
Darwin is a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever who is B.A.R.K. certified and loves to play fetch, swim, or just snuggle on the couch. As a smaller group of working dogs, Tollers offer a great combination of size, hardiness in harsh weather, and drive to perform a job. He has attended two avalanche dog schools and been spotted in multiple magazines due to his photogenic skills.
Primary Handler: Kim Haft
As the newest addition to the team in the Spring of 2018, Iggy came to us through a strong line of working dogs in Canada. Puppies from the same breeder can be found working as avalanche rescue dogs in both Canada and the US. Iggy will be attending her first avalanche dog school this winter and is off to a great start with career as a working dog.
Primary Handler: Charlie Stewart
A 10-year old Chocolate Labrador, Kala retired from avalanche search work in Spring 2019. Throughout her career, she has responded to numerous incidents both at Crystal and around Washington State. Keep an eye out for Kala in the base area where she helps with out reach and educational events.