Avalanche Rescue Dogs

The National Ski Patrol's Avalanche Dogs

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Subaru celebrates its 25th year of partnering with the National Ski Patrol®, and Ambassador Drew Warkentin describes a typical day of working with avalanche rescue dogs.

Drew Warkentin watches as Mookie, a 9-year-old black Labrador retriever with a handsome red collar, paws through a deep pile of snow. Some dogs dig for fun, but this good boy is all business. Warkentin, a ski patroller in the Colorado mountains, has buried a backpack in the snow, and Mookie, an avalanche rescue dog, is trying to find it.

How These Dogs Are Trained to Save Lives in an Avalanche

by Jason Armesto
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Marshall Thomson is a ski patroller in Crested Butte, Colo., but drove to southeast Nebraska to pick up his dog from a breeder at just 8 weeks old. The 12-hour ride back took 36 hours when Thomson and his puppy encountered what he describes as the worst snowstorm he’s seen in his life. 

“We were cuddled up in a sleeping bag in the middle of the highway,” Thomson said. “I didn’t know if she’d ever go out in snow after that storm because it was pretty brutal.

National Ski Patrol and Subaru Renew Partnership

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Lakewood, Colo., October 22, 2018 /3BL Media/ — The National Ski Patrol (NSP) and Subaru of America, Inc. (SOA) have renewed their partnership for another two years.

"We are very excited to renew this partnership between the National Ski Patrol and Subaru," said NSP Executive Director Meegan Moszynski. "Ski patrollers are ambassadors of safety on their mountains, and Subaru builds the safest cars on the market. Their all-wheel drive capability helps ensure that patrollers can get to their mountains in any road condition."

“Man’s Best Friend” Takes on New Meaning Thanks to the Avalanche Dogs of Wasatch Backcountry Rescue

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Outdoor enthusiasts hold few people in higher regard than the brave men and women who provide medical aid on the slopes – and sometimes these professionals are assisted by another kind of hero, who leads the way and finds the rescue. Thanks to nonprofit Wasatch Backcountry Rescue’s (WBR) International Dog School, dogs around the country receive the intense training required of avalanche rescue dogs. 

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