A three-year old fox red Labrador has been honoured by the PDSA after he located a critically injured woman who had gone missing in dangerous weather conditions.

Rauour – which means ‘red’ in Icelandic – was trained by Search and Rescue Dog Association Southern Scotland, and now works with Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue. The group was called out on 28 February last year, having been warned of a vulnerable missing person. After an unsuccessful search by foot, Rauour and his handler John Romanes were dispatched to a different area.

Rauour out with handler John Romanes. via Facebook/Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team
Rauour out with handler John Romanes. via Facebook/Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team

Within two minutes, the super dog had the scent, and Rauour found the casualty trapped under a tree root, suffering with advanced hypothermia. Thanks to Rauour’s speed, she received medical treatment and made a full recovery.

John said, “Rauour’s detection skills really came to the fore that night. His role as an air scenting search dog was more effective than a 20-strong team performing a line search on the ground. Without him finding the casualty when he did, the outcome could have been very grave indeed.”

PIC © Sandy Young 07970 268944 Scottish search dog honoured. Rauour (3 year old Labrador) receives PDSA commendation for devotion to duty. Pictured L-R and PDSA Vet, John Faulkner, Rauour and handler John Romanes  A three-year-old Labrador from Selkirk is being honoured by vet charity PDSA after successfully finding a critically injured missing woman in blizzard conditions. Auburn-haired Search and Rescue dog Rauour Ð which means ÔredÕ in Icelandic Ð was presented with his PDSA Commendation by the charityÕs Vet Surgeon, John Faulkner, at the Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue TeamÕs Melrose base this week.   www.scottishphotographer.com sandyyoungphotography.wordpress.com sj.young@virgin.net 07970 268 944
PDSA vet John Faulkner, Rauour and handler John Romanes. © Sandy Young

Rauour has now been awarded a PDSA commendation, as part of the charity’s animal awards programme.


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