Our Team

Congratulations to Tim, Donnie, Angi, Theresa, Kim, Sam, Gigi, JoAnn, Elizabeth, Maurico, Julie!

Several SARDOM team members were certified as Field Team Members under VDEM standard on February 8, 2009.

Donnie and Daro

Member Since: 2001
Operational Since: 2007

Donnie and Daro are certified as an operational Wilderness Team.


Elizabeth & Garo

Member Since: 1996
Operational Since:
March 2007

Elizabeth and Garo are certified as an operational Wilderness Team.


Kellee and Siska

Member Since: 2000
Operational Since:
2003

Kellee and Siska are certified as an operational Wilderness Team.


Kellee and Keiros

Member Since: 2000

Samantha and Ike

Member Since: 2000
Operational Since:
2005

Samantha and Ike are certified as an operational Wilderness Team.


Tim and Lago

Member Since: 1997
Operational Since:
2008

Tim and Hondo are certified as an operational Wilderness Team.

Base Camp and Support Personnel

Base camp and suppport members are critical to the function of any search. SARDOM currently has members trained in the specific tasks needed to run and assist on a search.

Angi

Member Since: 2007
Qualifications: Base Camp Operator


Gigi

Member Since: 2002
Qualifications: Base Camp Operator


Jo Ann

Member Since: 1994
Qualifications: Base Camp Support, Escort


Peggy

Member Since: 1991
Qualifications: Operational Leader, Base Camp Support, Escort


Tim

Member Since: 1997
Qualifications: Operational Leader, Base Camp Support, Escort


Theresa

Member Since: 2008
Qualifications:Base Camp Support, Escort


Teams in Training

SARDOM has 4 teams currently in training. Each team puts in a significant amount of hours to complete the series of evaluations leading to their final operational test.

Jim and Chili


Kim and Rocky


Mauricio and Safiro


Retired Teammates

Over the years, many great people and dogs have made contributions to SARDOM that cannot be overlooked. Learn about our retired teammates.


Tim and Hondo

Member Since: 1997
Operational Since:
2003

Tim and Hondo are certified as an operational Wilderness Team.


Samantha and Hanah

Hanah vom Steffenhaus

RETIRED: April 2005

Hanah is a very special dog to all those that know her. She is always polite and gentle. Although her career as a search dog started late in life, she loved learning and searching and was a tireless partner. When she began to show signs of arthritis and the stiffness over ran her desire to work, she was retired. She lives at home with her handler and enjoys a life of shorter hikes and less strenuous excersise.


In Memoriam

"... Forgive my grief for one removed, Thy creature, whom I found so fair. I trust he lives in thee, and there, I find him worthier to be loved. ..." -- In Memoriam A. H. H. by Alfred Tennyson.

Over the years, several trusted friends and teammates have been lost. Take a moment to remember SARDOM's lost teammates.



Jo Ann and Ika

Ika

Ika was an Operational Wilderness, Cadaver, and water recovery dog. She assisted on numerous missions and was always a joy to watch work.


Donnie and Rico

Rico - May 1999- June 2005

Rico was a dog that no one could forget once they met him. His joy for the work was contagious and his energy boundless. He was keen to try anything and excelled at everything once he put his mind to it. His tragic and unexpected loss has been deeply felt by all of SARDOM and we will miss him terribly.


Peggy and Kelsey

Kelsey- March 1995- July 2005

Kelsey was one of the finest search dogs SARDOM has known. She worked effortlessly for years as a wonderful partner and friend. Kelsey went on countless missions including the La Plata tornado of 2002. She is greatly missed.

 


Winnie

Winnie - March 1994- January 2004


Sheba

Sheba - December 1990 - April 2005

 


Elizabeth and Garret

Garret Von Marinik - 1992-2002

Garret was part of many wilderness and water searches for SARDOM. As a member of VA-TF 1, he was deployed to Nairobi, Kenya (August 1998) for the US Embassy bombing, and for earthquakes in Izmit, Turkey (August 1999) and Duzce, Turkey (November 1999). He never wanted to quit working to find his reward.


Peggy and Arno

Arno - June 1997- July 2001