USAR Search Dog Uschi, 1999 - 2014
Uschi, was my first search and rescue dog and she has been a much cherished constant through out a very long association with search and rescue.
Uschi had a long and distinguished career in canine search and rescue and was one of the first three dogs in Australia to be certified as a USAR Search Dog and pass her certification for USAR, under an internationally recognised assessor from REDOG Switzerland in 2004.
Further to her life as a search dog, she was my most faithful companion and was also the faithful companion of my mother during her long struggle with cancer. She was always by mums side, and knew when Mum needed comfort and was their in the days leading up to my Mum's passing. Indeed she was a regular around the wards of the Modbury Hospital Hospice and gave love and a special moment in the lives of those whom most needed a their face washed with doggy love.
Uschi, helped raise my son Nicholas and was always with him during his young years and I know that she will be greatly missed by him. I owe much of my child rearing knowledge to Uschi :-)
Uschi also helped educate and bring up my subsequent search dogs following her retirement, and was a great role model to Marko (retired) and companion and partner in crime to Kira and BB (currently under training).
I can not express enough the pride I have felt in being able to work with Uschi! Indeed in my early years in search dogs she carried me through until I caught up, learned my lessons and was then able to help carry her through the rest of her career. We were indeed a "team" through thick an thin, and I enjoyed every minute working along side her. Through her I learned so much, cut my teeth in the world of canine search, and was stimulated to take my training and learning to the next level. I could not have wished for a better partner in my most formative years with dogs.
She was a great example of what a German Shepherd is meant to be, athletic, long living and with a temperament that enabled her to work successfully in a very demanding field. Most importantly she was a faithful, trustworthy loving member of her human pack. She was there by my side through some of the hardest times in my life, always giving and sensitive to the needs of her handler and ready to provide some 'pets and therapy' when required.
Rest in peace Uschi and be free to sniff and run in the 'big paddock', you will never be forgotten!