Conny Böhne

Dog handler / Treasurer


I joined Oger SARdogs through my current four-legged friend Sammie. He is a Border Collie / Golden Retriever cross-breed. At the age of 6 months, Sammie came into my life on March 8, 2016.

After we attended an area-search workshop in May 2016, I became addicted to the search work. In addition, I was working on maintrailing at the time. During these mantrailing sessions it turned out that Sammie has an enormous zest to work and enjoys finding people.

In September 2016 I came in contact with Oger SARdogs. I was very curious to find out what the search work really meant, and after the first training session I never left.
At Oger SARdogs we mainly do rubble search, area search and mantrailing. We get a lot of satisfaction from this.

It gives us a good feeling that we can help people find their missing loved ones.

René Hoekstra

Volunteer


I came in touch with Oger SARdogs with Ellen after a rubble search workshop and an avalanche training in Austria.

I have been a member of Oger SARdogs since 2016, but do not train with a dog. I mainly contribute as a victim in the training sessions, as a runner for trails and by building miter at the training sessions.

Before I became a member of Oger SARdogs I mainly trained IPO and KNPV (Dutch Police Dog Association). I started at the VDH (Breed club for German Shepherds) and later in the IPO as a helper and after a few years I also started training myself with a dog, Uran, a grey German Shepherd.
After Uran came Perro, a Malinois. I first trained IPO with him and then I continued with him in KNPV training. The last dog I trained myself was Zilla, also a Malinois and with her I also trained KNPV.

Since 2004, Ellen and I have our own dog school where we help students raise their dogs (or better: where we educate students how to handle dogs….). In addition to being an instructor at the dog school, I am also a cynological behavior therapist.

I am proud to be part of Oger SARdogs and to be able to contribute to the training of deployable dogs. The way we train the dogs and therefore each other as team members is very positive, with the focus on independently working dogs.

Lars Kruithof

Dog handler


My name is Lars Kruithof and I own a Malinois bitch Kyna, born in 2015.
Before I joined Oger SARdogs, I was active in the KNPV (Dutch Policedog training).
After I quit the policedog training I did not work with my dogs for a short period but after I while I wanted to work with the dog and contribute to society, and I ended up at Oger SARdogs.
Training at Oger SARdogs is a very nice combination of being able to contribute to society in the first place and at the same time being able to work with the dogs. There’s hardly a better combination.
Kyna is a very driven and enthusiastic dog. She really wants to work and to me it’s great to see with how much drive and enthusiasm she does that.
With a lot of energy and power, she wants to do as much as possible to please me.

Joyce Kruithof-Berns

Dog handler / National deployments


My name is Joyce and I am together with Lars. We both are dog handlers at Oger SARdogs with our two Malinois.

I work in the healthcare sector and there I see circumstances that allow me to put myself in the position of the missing people. This along with the drive to give my dog the opportunity to ​​work has led up to our membership of Oger SARdogs.

Before I started at Oger SARdogs, I trained at the KNPV (Dutch Association for police dog training) for a while. This turned out to be a branch of dog sport that was inappropriate for both me and my dog ​​and that is why I quit there.

Yet my dog ​​is not a quiet dog. She really wants to work without coercion. Her extremely social character and soft nature ensure that she is easily approachable. Her drive to work is great so she really enjoys practicing the way we do at Oger SARdogs.

Together we have found pleasure in training again and we are a good team. Oger SARdogs offers us the opportunity to contribute something extra to society.

Brenda Strijk

Dog handler


The motivation for me to do this voluntary work together with my dog Izar ? First and foremost to offer a helping hand (and paw) to people that have been affected by anything that makes them vulnerable, in the broadest sense.
To offer support together with the Oger SARdogs team gives me a warm feeling inside.

The best thing about this work is that the Oger-dogs can do what they are made for: use their extraordinary sense of smell to search for missing persons. 

Team Oger SARdogs is strongly committed to cooperation, motivation and quality in searching, which makes that our coaches and team-members remain focused. It is a privilege to me and my dog to be part of this team.

Trust and professionalism to me are the binding factors. With Izar, my male Malinois, I train rubble-search and mantrailing.

We really do this work together; we take care of each other and another's dogs. Therefore,  a responsibility rests with every team member, also (or maybe even more so) with the people that do not work with a dog themselves but are strongly committed to our foundation.

Oger SARdogs is an extension to my (dog-)family! We often hear that the atmosphere in our group is very relaxed and op

I consider that a huge compliment

Roeland Strijk

Coach / Deployment leader / Dog handler / Management


Together with old German Shepherd †Aizza and my cross-breed Malinois Lucca and Aydinn, I have become deeply attached to working with dogs.  The fact that I can also fulfill a need for help together with Oger SARdogs and many other people makes me feel part of a greater good.

My love for search and rescue work started about 14 years ago in Austria while doing avalanche training with my cross-breed Malinois †Coco. That’s when I got bitten by the search and rescue dog bug.  I was amazed then, and still am, by the dog’s sense of smell.

I gladly share the experience I’ve gained over the years with my fellow team members, all 100% motivated people, who time and time again get so much enjoyment from searching with their dogs.

Ellen Westenberg

Dog handler / Locations rubble


Working with your dog, a passion, my life.

To me it's beautiful to use this passion and use the most sensitive organ of the dog to search for a missing person: its nose.
Therefore, it is truly a big dream come true for me and an honor to be part of the Oger family.

My first dog was a Dobermann. A total of 4 Dobermanns and a crossbreed Dobermann / Stafford followed. With them I have gained a lot of experience in learning to work together and train in different areas. Obedience, tracking and bitework from the IPO.
Then my German Shepherd "Eros" followed, a real challenging dog. He has taught me so much about training, behavior and dog language.

In the beginning of 2016 I "came home" after the avalanche training in Austria and I feel completely at home at Oger SARdogs. I am now training with my Beaucerons Homme and his daughter Elek. Both are trained for area search and rubble search.

At Oger SARdogs, a lot of emphasis is put at training reliabe, independently working and highly motivated dogs.

My other experiences with animals are as a veterinary surgeon, animal caretaker in animal shelter Utrecht and Amersfoort, cynological instructor and behavioral therapist and teacher of Dog and Cat behavior and health in Barneveld.

A day without Homme & Elek is a day wasted ...

André Wevers

Deployment leader / Logistics


TEAM

Hello, my name is André Wevers.
I don't own a dog simply because I lack the time. However, I am fascinated by the work that this team does on a voluntary basis. Although I don't have a dog, there are more than enough tasks to support the entire team in searches.

I was once, a few years ago, asked to be the liaison between the emergency services and the team. I think that was made for me, but along the way I got dragged into the enthusiasm and started doing more than just that.

Nowadays my job varies from cook, material / logistics, safety, board member and the liaison to emergency services. Writing this down I actually think; all-rounder, so still the liaison but then in the broadest sense.

The circumstances in which we search for missing persons, aren't always easy. You never know where you are going and what you will find. That is sometimes hard for us because if we go somewhere there is no toilet, running water, central heating, electricity and so on. We don't mind that because it is part of the job and at the end of the day our goal is to provide clarity to family and friends. By the way, our searches are done both in the Netherlands as well as abroad and are initiated by many causes, such as an earthquake, tsunami or typhoon. When needed, we come, VOLUNTARY and without charges.

When I tell people the things we as a team are doing to make and keep both dog and handler deployable, I sometimes hear people say that this almost is a full-time job. And they are right! Our members do all this in addition to their regular job, on a voluntary basis.

When I see the dedication and enthusiasm the dogs and their handlers have in performing their job, I am amazed every time and I am happy and proud that I am part of this great TEAM.

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