This is Sherri with her current and former partners. She has been involved with canine search and rescue since 1998. Sherri Grew up in Syracuse, NY surrounded by German Shepherds and spent her summers hiking the Adirondack Mountains.
For the first ten years of their marriage, she and her husband owned and showed Afghan Hounds. While they kept Afghans as pets, German Shepherds were always Sherri’s first love. In 1993, she purchased Taz, who led her into the world of canine search and rescue.
They started an American Rescue Dog Association Unit in 1999 and became operational in 2000. Taz was followed by Clara, Lektor, Belle and now Orex and Reisa.
At the same time they were starting the Search and Rescue Team, Sherri’s son crossed over from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts. Troop 198 was and is a wonderful Troop with strong parental involvement and good leadership. Boys are given great opportunities to earn merit badges and rank advancements. At the time they joined the Troop, 35% of the Troop earned their Eagle rank. Sherri’s husband became an adult leader, going on camp outs with the Troop and Sherri became a merit badge counselor, something she still does today, counselling on Dog Care, Pet Care, Environmental Science, First Aid, Physical Fitness, and Personal Management.
Her son earned his rank of Eagle at the age of 13 trained his own SAR dog and tested to operational status. Unfortunately, his Rosie died in 2013 at only 3 years old. Shane now has Boomer but he is concentrating on his studies at Northern Illinois University for the time being.