With over eight years of experience, Ebbey is a veteran wilderness search dog. She has located dozens of lost people, and been deployed on over 200 searches.
Thought to be a Rhodesian Ridgeback cross, Ebbey was found starving in a garbage dump on a local reservation. Even at six months of age, Ebbey had high prey and play drive.
She was also getting into lots of trouble. Qualities that would wreak havoc for the average pet owner, but are highly desirable for a potential search dog. The clumsy pup was also downright stubborn when it came to tracking down a scent. Ebbey doesn't just like to sniff, she will follow a scent until she drops.
Ebbey began training as a puppy. With assistance from Mikella's father, and the Mountain Wind Sheriff's Search Dog Unit, Ebbey and Mikella underwent eighteen months of intensive training to become certified as mission ready.
Search dog training includes obedience, agility, scent training and exposure to various forms of transportation such as boats, planes, snow vehicles, helicopters, gondolas and ski lifts. The Dog's Raven team also has rappel training.
Ebbey gets lots of praise for every search effort, but gets a new Kong Dog Toy for every successful find.
Ebbey's Hobbies: Getting into trouble, though she now chews a squeaky Dr. Noy's pet toy as opposed to Mikella's shoes and clothes. Click on the animated photo for a larger version.