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K9-Cassie, Search and Rescue

K9-Cassie, Search and Rescue

Pictured with Firefighter Paul Sandigo

Specialty: Live Body Search and Rescue

Firefighter Paul Sandigo has been with the San Francisco fire department for the past 10 yrs. Currently assigned to Truck 16 in the Marina district. Recently he became the handler for K9 CASSIE, a 3-year-old female Black Labrador (Birth date November 23, 2017).  A Private Donor provided K9 Cassie in Ronan, MT.  Cassie's previous owners had high hopes for success in the world of field trials, a competition that measures a dog's hunting abilities. Unfortunately, CASSIE did not continue as a competitor in that career, and her owner was faced with trying to find a new path for this lovable girl.

Cassie's owner knew that this bundle of energy needed a full-time job to keep her satisfied and happened to notice SDF's ad in a field trial publication. Sure enough, after reaching out, we agreed that Cassie had what it takes to enter training and begin a new career path as a search dog!  During her training to become a search dog, Cassie was both sharp and eager to learn new things, and she worked diligently with trainers to overcome any hurdles along the way.