Just joined this forum after I found it yesterday. Looks good!
I train and handle urban (disaster) search and rescue dogs for FEMA's MATF-1 in Beverly, MA and the DEMHS CTTF-1 in Hartford, CT. My training history includes canine wilderness area search, and water recovery as well. I've been involved in canine search and rescue since 1999.
Between my husband and I, we have 5 dogs (2 Mals, 1 Dutchie and 2 Labs). Riot is my 6-year old Belgian Malinois. His name says it all. I retired him from USAR because he's a bit much for the work. We're working on sport tracking and protection work right now just to give him something to do. Its a heck of a lot of fun! My other Mal is in training for USAR. I also just passed the FEMA FSA (basic test) with one of our Labradors. We'll be taking our advanced test this fall.
I don't have a pedigree for Stash the Dutch Shepherd. He's actually half Dutch Shepherd and half Malinois, but he looks mostly like a Dutchie. The only thing I know is that his mother (Malinois) is a working narcotics dog and his father (Dutch Shepherd) is a working PSD. He's a little guy - weighs in at 55 lbs. A friend of mine has his sister, and she's only 40 lbs. soaking wet.