Becky, Clara and Ava

Becky Irving is currently the Canine Training coordinator for Mountain Wave Search and Rescue, and the Past President, and now on the Board of Directors for the Pacific Rim Bloodhound Club. She also has been employed as a Certified Veterinary Technician for over 25 years at VCA Rock Creek Animal Hospital and was named VCA Hospitals Regional Hero of the year for 2014. She got her start in Search and Rescue in 1989 when a sick little puppy came into her work with Parvovirus. Being a pup that resembled a dog she grew up with she opted to take over his treatment and once recovered started training him for search and rescue. Since then she has trained 8 canines and certified 6 canines in the disciplines of trailing, airscent and HRD and currently works a Bloodhound in Urban trailing and a German Shepherd in Airscent and HRD. In 1995 she responded to Oklahoma City with her K9 “Quigley” to aid in the recovery effort of the Federal Murial Building and then again in 2014 she responded to Oso Washington to assist in the recovery of victims of the 530 slide with K9 “Ava”. In her free time she enjoys sports and Marching band activities with her 2 kids age 18 and 12, camping and hiking. She also shows her Bloodhounds in conformation shows and has obtained Championship titles.

K9 “Clara”

Clara, GCH. Jo-Li’s Searching For Oz, MTI is a 3 year old Bloodhound. She is an Urban Trailing dog and enjoys the challenging environments that the city has to offer. She is a quirky, yet stubborn girl who has to do things her way. Unlike her Uncle Brodie, Clara has a methodical approach to every trail and doesn’t leave anything without investigation. She loves to work and can be heard digging in her crate in the truck in anticipation of the search at hand.

K9 “Ava”

Ava is a 6year old German Shepherd. She is certified in Wilderness Area Search and Human Remains Detection. Lovingly called the “crack dog”, Ava is a sweet girl who works effortlessly and remains on task for as long as you ask her too without tiring.