Ray and Leroy
Ray Livingston bio:
Ray Livingston is a state certified air scent K9 handler. Ray has been training and running bird hunting dogs for 15 years. In 2012 soon after acquiring his new Pudelpointer puppy, Ray decided to cross train him for search and rescue as well as waterfowl and upland game bird hunting. The puppy excelled at all the above; training in each discipline proved to enhance the others.
Ray is an über outdoors enthusiast. He hikes, fishes, hunts and camps all over the Pacific Northwest. Every year he spends two weeks alone in the wilderness in pursuit of game during the archery season. Ray has found search and rescue to be a perfect blend of most of his outdoor passions. The skills of working a dog, wilderness survival, hiking, wilderness navigation, and hunting (though it's catch and release when looking for humans) all come into play in search and rescue; with the added benefit of potentially being able to save someone's life! Ray and search and rescue are a match made in heaven.
K9 Leroy bio:
Whelped on July 6, 2011, Leroy (Stonesthrow's Echos of Erebus) started life as the pick of Stonesthrow Pudelpointer's (Bend, OR) "E" litter. His training for bird hunting started immediately after he came home on Labor Day weekend. Leroy began training for search and rescue fairly soon after as well. The cross training and the breed's natural aptitude for searching (hunting) led to Leroy attaining his state certification for search and rescue (wilderness airscent discipline) in 11 months, just before he was 18 months of age; extraordinarily fast for the discipline.
During that time Leroy also earned a prize 1 on his NAVHDA (North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association) natural hunting ability test. A test that measures a young versatile hunting dogs' "natural" ability to use their noses, drive to search for game, willingness to work with their handler, ability to track game by ground scent and willingness to swim. Leroy now three and a half, continues to be active in the bird field and as a search and rescue K9.