K-9 Ariel XXXIII:
In 2002, a black and tan German Shepherd was born in Aitkin, MN. At the time, no one knew that K-9 Ariel would help bring home the missing for nearly his entire life.
By the time he retired at the age of eleven, Ari had responded to countless searches and helped many families. In February of 2014, he was awarded the MVMA's "Professional Animal of the Year" for his service.
Looking back over his long career, it was easy to see that even on the worst days, K-9 Ari had a work ethic that just wouldn't quit, and a love for his job that transcended the rough times.
So to K-9 Ariel, or Ari for short, we are dedicating ourselves to help others become the best they can be when responding to missing person searches in order to carry on his legacy.
K-9 Ariel, 8/2002 - 7/2014: Certified Scent Specific Air Scent, Land Cadaver and Water Recovery.
As K-9 Ariel's partner, Sharolyn joined Central Lakes Search and Rescue because Ari needed a job. The first year was about learning SAR skills necessary for all searchers. After she and K-9 Ari certified, over the ensuing years, she certified K-9 Gus, K-9 Jael, K-9 Levia, and K-9 Rafah.
However, Sharolyn found SAR to be more than just working a dog. She began taking classes and seminars and found mentors to help her hone and improve her skills not only as a searcher, but for search management, and in learning to teach others.
Sharolyn is now a certified Search Manager, graduate of the National Inland SAR School, instructor for SAR management, NSSDN K-9 SAR Evaluator, AERIE K-9 SAR Examiner, American Heart Assoc. and American Red Cross instructor, PetTech instructor, SAR Skills and Protocols Instructor, and a mentor for new SAR K-9 handlers. She even found time to become a certified Minnesota Emergency Manager.
For a full C.V., please feel free to contact ARI-SAR.
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