About Our Dogs



Amica at SAREX

Amica is a Kooikerhondje! She is one of the smaller dogs on the MBSD team, but she has a large, charismatic personality and a lot of drive. Amica is certified in both Wilderness Area and C2 with her handler, Susanne. She's known for her speed and eagerness to please, as well as to climb on any large rock, downed tree, or stump she comes across - especially when she gets a treat for it. Amica is sweet, willing, and a dedicated sniffer - it is a comfort to know that she is available to search for us, if ever that need may arise.


This beautiful Golden Retriever is certified with his handler, Johnny, for Human Remains Detection, and has so much fun you'd never guess this is his job! Older brother to Ace, Blū can run around for hours, and nothing sounds better to him when he's done with his training than a nice roll in some mud puddles. A fan of retrieving, swimming, tree climbing (yep...), and bone chewing, Blū is one well-rounded guy and we definitely see plenty of great things ahead for this charismatic boy!  


Jet trained first as a Wilderness Air Scent (Live-Find) dog (with large source cadaver evaluation). He finished his cross training in 2019 for Forensic HRD as well. He and Kristin have enjoyed participating in many Type 1 OES back-country searches over the years, including searching in the difficult terrain in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Jet will retire from Air Scent in 2019 and focus on HRD only. 


Typhoon trained on forensic HRD from the start. He will be specialized in HRD only for his career. Currently, we are working to add water HRD detection to his certification. Typhoon recently passed his Type 1 certification (agility and fitness).



Ace is our youngest dog on the team and is already making leaps and bounds (literally) in his training for wilderness area search with his handler, Kate. He's incredibly driven, and abundantly enthusiastic about just about everything. Ace will surely go far in his discipline! When he's not training, this little black Labrador can be found romping around Kate's ranch with his big brother, Blū, and looking around for ducks. He's a love-bug and we're all excited to watch him grow!


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Hanna is a smooth-coated Collie. Now six (2018), she has trained since about four months old as a Wilderness Area search dog. When certified, she had searched throughout the state of California. Currently, Hanna's in the process of re-certifying with Monterey Bay Search Dogs with her handler, Lew. Not a fan of riding in cars and trucks, her favorite modes of transportation are in Lew's motorcycle sidecar and CHP and National Guard Search and Rescue helicopters!  


Popeye is a six year old mixed breed dog. He started out as an energetic, mischievous foster puppy. He split his time between his handler Ashley's home and another foster home. He would come to Mendocino County trainings and watch from the truck as Ashley trained Ella. He had this yearning look on his face, "Pick me! Pick me! I can do it! I promise I will do whatever you want!" When he was 18 months old his dream finally came true: Ashley pulled him from the truck. Popeye excelled at search training. Suddenly, all of that energy was directed towards searching and with lots of hard work the mischief disappeared. He certified (with Mendocino County) in Wilderness search 13 months later. Six months after that he certified in HRD (with Mendocino County). He recently certified with MBSD in Wilderness Area and hopes to certify soon with HRD (with MBSD). 

Popeye is a happy, high drive dog with a lot of personality. He speaks with his facial expressions. He takes his search and rescue job very seriously and refuses to let anything stand in his way. When Popeye is not searching. he enjoys cuddles with his family, and spending time with his dog and people friends.


Quinn is a two year old Dutch Shepherd training in Human Remains Detection (HRD) with her handler, Michelle. When she's not working, Quinn wishes she was working. When Michelle won't let her work, Quinn enjoys fast sprints on the beach, agility obstacles, road trips, tug of war games, climbing into laps, getting petted, and wrestling with her police dog big brother.


Thunder is a four year old Monterey native out of Von Der Pfalz kennels in Hollister. He is sweet, curious, and affectionate, along with possessing a strong working drive and boundless energy. He enjoys Frisbee, fetch, and munching crunchy pine cones on long trail walks in the woods. At home, he loves to snuggle on the couch with his family members, watch Planet Earth, and scout about for the evasive and elusive feline species known colloquially as "CAT".



Daisy is a yellow Labrador and has been trained in the disaster and wilderness search and rescue disciplines. She and her handler, Steve, have worked many search cases in their career together here in California, and have even deployed with FEMA to hurricanes Katrina, Ernesto, and Gustav. Daisy steals the hearts of everyone she meets thanks to her adorable face and equally adorable personality. She is rather famous for her “embarrassed” trick, where she rolls over and hides her face in her paws! Daisy has recently retired at the end of 2015 and is enjoying a well-deserved break after a long, rewarding career.

Rest in Peace, Daisy


Emmi, a thoughtful little Catahoula/Queensland mix, is in training, with her handler Serena, for Human Remains Detection (HRD). This young girl is methodical about her work and is progressing nicely! In her spare time, Emmi enjoys long hikes in woods and long naps in her house just about equally!


Hobbes, a Shepherd, is in training for Wilderness Area with his handler, Ila. He's taking quickly to the discipline and hopes to have a bright future in the SAR world! Named after the cartoon cat, canine Hobbes is a bit like his namesake in that he also is quite the ideal friend! When he's not training for Wilderness Area, Hobbes loves walking with his dog pack and having fun at the beach.


Search Dog Kai

Kai is a yellow Labrador and is trained for Wilderness Area search and rescue. He recently retired from search work after his many years volunteering with his handler, Chris, on the Santa Cruz County and Monterey County sheriff’s search and rescue teams. At about 12 years old, Kai has had quite the career, with many searches and several finds to his name! Now, Kai helps out at trainings - showing other dogs, and new handlers, how wilderness searching is done! Kai is famous for his happy “grin” when he sees someone he knows.

Rest in Peace, Kai



Marcy, a Border Collie, retired many years as a certified Human Remains Detection (HRD) dog at the end of 2017. Few dogs have the intense focus and drive that Marcy possesses when on the job, and she and her handler Miranda have worked many successful searches and even had the recent opportunity, thanks to her affiliation with CSST, to travel to search for the remains of Amelia Earhart. Marcy and Miranda were also affiliated with the Monterey County Sheriff's Search and Rescue team. Marcy is famous for her award-winning “smile” and enjoys dock-diving for tennis balls and playing with her dog/cat/tortoise/pig friends in her spare time!



Max is one enormous, goofy, black Labrador. You can usually find him loping along a grassy trail, tongue out, and paws flying. He is one of the happiest dogs you will ever meet! Max is currently certified, with his handler Pat, for Wilderness Area. He is very dedicated to sniffing down those who are lost, and is always so excited once he finds them. Max is known for his wonderful, agreeable, and happy personality!



Shadow, a German Shepherd, is in training for Human Remains Detection (HRD) with his handler, Jeannie. He is a big guy, young at heart, and has lots of energy to spare! He never seems to be having a bad day. Shadow has a heart of gold and always gets excited for his trainings!


Toni, another Kooikerhondje, is Amica’s friend. Already a certified therapy dog, Toni is now also in training for Human Remains Detection (HRD) with his handler, Susanne. He is an eager worker and loves to attend trainings. Toni is a pretty sensitive little guy, but he loves to sniff his way through underbrush all the same. This stunning boy is known for his laid-back, delicate personality. And, he is always willing to accept lots and lots of attention!