The motivation for me to do this voluntary work comes first and foremost from the human need for help. We as a group want to make a difference in this respect. This applies to every SAR dog team and of course to every aid worker in general.

All you have to do to understand how much help can be needed is to close your eyes and imagine what you yourself would wish for if you were in the same situation as people who live in a disaster area or an earthquake zone. Or a loved one goes for a bike ride or walk and doesn’t return home…….absolutely awful for everyone involved.

That I, together with my dog, can be of assistance to people in need, along with the other teams from Oger SAR Dogs, and of course with all the many others who put their heart and soul into this voluntary work.

A fundamental part of this work for me is the way my 5 year old dog Jente (Malinois bitch) surprises me time and time again with what the nose of a dog can register. She does this with so much pleasure and this energises me. I learn how she learns, what motivates her, as well as what I sometimes do that gets in her way. Not always nice to learn but always healthy!

Oger SAR Dogs is a tightly knit team with an open culture where I can be myself and can continue to develop. We have very good and extremely experienced coaches who also work with their own dogs. Partly because of this they continually watch us critically while remaining sharply focussed on their own SAR work. I love working with Jente and (almost) every training session is a celebration!