Greetings! It's been a long time since I have been on the forums. I've missed all the stories and pictures. We've had many changes around here. Moving about the country, changes in jobs, lost some family and gained some grandkids. Biggest news in Edsel's world is that after numerous delays, due to all the previously mentioned life events, we've finally been evaluated and accepted to train with the Ohio Valley Search and Rescue team here in IN! We began official training in April and are so excited! I first contacted them when Edsel was only 6 mos old but it took until just after his 2nd birthday for us to finally get to meet them. Initially they were not overly positive about accepting us due to his age. They normally won't begin training K9 teams unless the pup is under 2 years. Since it takes 2 years to be ready for certification testing they have concerns about the number of working years. But I was persistent in asking them to just take a look at him. I felt certain if they could just see his drive and natural ability, they'd be sold. And I was right! The day they evaluated him they were blown away and said they didn't need to take it to the committee for a vote. Just bring him back! That's my boy! So we are off and training. So much to learn!