The association between men and dogs goes back a very long way but it was the year that legendery Scottish mountaineer,Hamish MacInnes, brought back the idea of using dogs to look for people lost in the Scottish hills and mountains after seeing first hand the use of dogs to search for people trapped in avalanches whilst on military service in the Alps, that the journey of training dogs to search for people lost in the mountains and lowlands of the UK began.
On his return to Scotland, Hamish pursued his new interest in using dogs to locate people lost in the mountains and in the year of 1965, after a meeting in Glencoe - SARDA was established.
There are now twelve recognised search and rescue dog organisations, each playing a vital part in helping to save lives.
Left: Hamish's first search and rescue dog Rangi
Copyright Hamish MacInnes( and from the book Search and Rescue Dogs fifty years and counting by Bob Sharp & Bill Jennison)
Right: Catherine,Hamish MacInnes and Rangi on second day of a 1964 course
Copyright Sandy Seabrook( and from the book Search and Rescue Dogs fifty years and counting by Bob Sharp & Bill Jennison)