New dogs for mountain rescue team

Graeme White and Fern, Karen Fisher and Sam
Image caption The programme was organised by The Search & Rescue Dog Association (SARDA).

Two new search dogs have joined Teesdale & Weardale Search & Mountain Rescue Team.

Sam and Fern and their handlers Karen Fisher, from East Hedleyhope, and Graeme White, from Shildon, recently finished a two-year training programme.

Only half of the dogs and handlers who set out on the scheme finish the course.

Mountain dogs search for a human air scent whereas other dogs tend to track an individual's scent along the ground.

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