Rescue dogs

Mt. Bachelor Avalanche Rescue Dog Team Welcomes New Pup

Cashew is the newest addition to Mt. Bachelor’s avalanche rescue dog team.

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — When you think of rescue dogs, you might think of puppies adopted from animal shelters. Cashew, however, is a different type of rescue dog.

Cashew is a cutie with a big personality – and she’s the newest addition to Mt. Bachelor’s Avalanche Rescue Dog Team. The 14-week-old golden retriever pup is trained to help search for people buried in the snow.

According to the Mt. Bachelor website, dogs have “a huge advantage in being able to travel at higher speeds over rough terrain and use their heightened sense of smell to support Ski Patrol-led rescue efforts.” The avalanche dog team and their Ski Patro dog handlers are on the mountain daily, the website says.

“As puppies, they spend most of their time exploring the mountain with their handlers, riding snowmobiles and chairlifts, working on basic obedience, etc.,” Dustin Fletcher explained, Acting CMO of Mt. Bachelor.

Once Cashew matures, she will begin to focus on search work like basic hide-and-seek until her “skills are refined enough to perform a blind search involving multiple victims”. Fletcher says this process typically takes about two years.