Just found out about the board and it looks good with some nice discussions already going.
I am in Fort Mill SC and a member of a K9 SAR team in the upstate.
Cyra- *was* my trailing dog (W German Working Lines) until she was diagnosed with HD - and she was certifiable - had a minor glitch is our January test and were prepared for a March test, but, oh well, stuff happens. She is doing water search training and it is not too hard on her joints - at least she is not showing any loss of drive or pain afterwards and we are cleared by her vet for this .... and we HOPE to be certified in about a month.
Grim is my new dog. Got him as a young 2.5 year old Czech GSD adult from a fellow in Wisconsin whose other dog absolutely despised him. Original thoughts were to do trailing with him, but our team has a number of excellent new dogs going through a training program and Grim tested out very nicely for detection work, so we are doing cadaver training with him.
I am a 50 year old grandma of 2 and the thought of water and cadaver is starting to sound pretty good to me anyway. Plus I get to be a victim for all the other dogs, so need to take some books and bug spray out in the woods on those weekend training sessions