Sandy Vernlund is active in all aspects of K9 Search and Rescue and is currently the President for Brookings County K9 Search and Rescue (see links page). She is also a NASAR SAR TECH II, Certified CERT Instructor, NASAR Hug-A-Tree Presenter, MLPI and AFRCC SMC Graduate. Member of NAPWDA and Canine Search Solutions (CSS). Sandy is currently running two certified search dogs and has one dog in training.
Jet is a nine year old purebred Belgian Shepherd (Groenendael) from a rescue in Kentucky. AKC CGC. Jet passed his US Border Patrol Area Search evaluation in June, 2015 and passed his HRD certification with NAPWDA in June, 2016 and May, '18, '19 and '21.
Dooley is an eight year old Treeing Walker Coonhound from the Cedar Rapids Humane Society. ACK CGC. He has a natural talent for tracking and passed his Tracking certification with NAPWDA in June, 2016 and May, '18, '19, '21 and '22.
Trouble is an 11-month old Malinois/GSD mix from Matt Kinneberg in North Dakota. Trouble is currently in training for HRD.
Previous working dogs included:
Rowdy passed away in January, 2021 at the age of 13 1/2. Rowdy loved his job. AKC CGC and certified for Cadaver Detection NASDN '10, NAPWDA '10,'11,'12,'13,'14,'15,'16, '17, '18 and NASAR HRD Land III, '11. Rowdy retired in the spring of 2019 after years of faithful and reliable service. Rowdy has many confirmed finds and assists with many homicide and missing persons cases.
Shadow passed away in May, 2017 at the age of 13 1/2 years. AKC CGC, Certified Building Search NAPWDA '06, '12 and '14. Trailing NAPWDA '06. Certified for Area Search Non-Scent Discrimination with NASAR Canine SARTECH II '07, NAPWDA '06, 07, '08, '09, '10, '11,'12,'13,'14 and NASDN '07.Passed her Area Search Evaluation for the US Border Patrol 2015. Certified for Cadaver Detection NASDN '10. Shadow's favorite job was working with young children and helping to teach them what to do if they got lost.
Bodasafa "Boda" tragically died in the spring of 2015. Boda was a Treeing Walker Coonhound/Lab mix. AKC CGC and certified for Tracking and Trailing with NAPWDA '07,'08,'09,'10,'12,'13,'14 and Basic Mantrailing with NASDN '08. He will be missed greatly.