Cascade, a Golden Retriever, is a certified avalanche rescue dog with Colorado Rapid Avalanche Deployment (C-RAD). He works in the Central Mountains of Colorado with Chicago Ridge Snowcat Tours, a backcountry skiing and riding operation.
His primary mission is to serve the skiing public and backcountry users – both in rescue and education – as well as respond to remote incidents.
Cascade is handled and trained by Chris and Hannah Sutton. Together with their partnership with C-RAD and Flight for Life Colorado, Cascade is ready to respond to avalanche incidents by helicopter.
In a case where a victim is buried without an avalanche beacon or friends cannot locate them, Cascade’s trained nose can save vital minutes in finding a victim versus conventional rescue methods.
Cascade’s job, whether training or on a mission, is a physically demanding one. We believe the foundation to a great working dog is love, training, health care and good nutrition. He has been fed CANIDAE All Life Stages since he was a pup with the breeder. We have continued that tradition. His performance is critical when moments count, and that is why we believe in CANIDAE!
UPDATE: March 2012 – Our new dog Hank works for Red, White & Blue Fire Rescue in Breckenridge, Colorado as a Search and Rescue canine. His handler is Chris Sutton. Hank’s primary mission is disaster response, though he is cross-trained in avalanche search and assist with missing party searches. He also serves on a team that responds to local and national disasters.
Hank’s job requires him to be agile over building and avalanche debris, in addition to working for up to 12 hours in an operational period. He has to perform at his peak whenever his service is called upon. We feed him CANIDAE All Life Stages. His diet keeps him fit, lean, and ready to respond at a moment’s notice.