This email in from jennifer Horman Osb.:
"Thank you for providing detailed info from your
website re: difference between pet detectives and
credible search n rescue ops.
Despite expressed reservations of many, last week a
friend hired Karin Tarqwyn Pet P.I. to find her lost
bull mastiff. Thus far she's done nothing but
isolate the dog owner from all the volunteers
previously helping out, we cannot confirm anything
she claims about herself, she's not even here in
Oklahoma but sent someone from Memphis with a couple
of dogs (they call this the "tracking team"). Though
that person only stayed out for an hour and would
not go into the woods so we could show her paw
prints, they now claim they found the prints & are
well on their way to finding the dog and are pawning
off my map of perimeter with locations as their own.
Would you say she fits into the pseudo-pet detective
category? Any adivce on how to stop the bleeding so
we can find the dog, get Karin outta here, and
salvage friends bank account?"
We get emails weekly from people who have used pet
detectives in LA, Ca. Ok City and Seattle Wa areas.
They are frustrated as these PET DETECTIVES mostly
trained from the MARS group
Won't provide them with a search contract so they
know ahead of time what they are getting ahead of
time. (What kind of services to expect). Won't let
them go on the searches with them. Won't supply them
with an after action search report to document for
court purposes should it come to that later on what
did happen to their pet and where.
This is why we strongly urge every one to check out
these people's references.
International K9 SAR Services are NOT pet
detectives. We are in fact real search and rescue K9
Tracking team that tracks both people and lost pets.
Recently a client in Shelton, Wa. spent money on a
pet detective who calls himself "3 labs K9 tracking
team": His search dog led the family all over the
place but didn't find the missing dog.
Then her husband hired us to come in. Our search
dogs tracked from their home right to the entrance
of the water treatment plant. Once the video was
inspected from the security cameras the dog was seen
going under the fence right where we tracked it to.
Sadly it had drowned in the holding pond there.
2014-9038-102(A). 03-98-2014 Lost dog Shelton, Wa.
Kathy Jones Walker Park Rd. Shelton WA Chanel Red
saluki with black muzzle, and black and white
markings.16 months old. Chip is AKC. red collar
w/black and gold trim Team; H. Oakes SAR Dog Willow
SAR Dog Tyler K-9-1. We were 100% on our track. Dog
found inside Shelton water treatment plant dead.
Drowned in pond.
So you get what you pay for. We provide contracts
before we respond so you know what to expect. We
have hundreds of references from 28 years of finding
missing people and lost pets posted on our web site.
We provide a receipt, invoice, and search report
after each search and we'll gladly testify in court
on your behalf should the need arise.
International K9 SAR Services.
Harry Oakes Search and Rescue (SAR) Coordinator.
USING SEARCH DOGS TO FIND YOUR PET
Scent. All search dogs will pick up the freshest
scent of the animal, and track it instinctively. As
a human or animal walks along, it sheds
approximately 10,000 pieces of scent per minute.
This scent falls to the ground and stays there until
the wind and air currents move the scent to nearby
dirt, sand, brushy vegetation areas. The scent is
held there until it fully dissipates about a year
later. When an animal or human walks in one specific
direction it's laying down scent that the trained
search dog can track up to 365 days later, even in
the rain. Rain actually helps the scent. It brings
the scent closer to the ground surface, keeps the
search dogs nasal passages moist to help the dog
retain the scent, and it will liven the scent.
What hurts scent?
Heavy vehicle and human traffic contaminates the
scent. Heavy rains of 2" per day may wash the scent
down. Heat dries out the scent and the search dogs
nasal scent receptors making it harder for the
search dog to track. Cigarette smoke contains a
poisonous drug called Nicotine. Nicotine is an
anesthetizing agent that can numb up the search dogs
scent receptors by 95% and make the search dogs
basically useless. If you smoke around your pet, the
second hand cigarette smoke poison that you are
putting into their little lungs (Nicotine) can also
alter the missing pet's scent, and prevent a search
dog from tracking it. That's why all of our team
members are non-smokers. That's also why you are
never allowed to smoke around our search dogs or
their handlers. You are also exposing your pet to
many types of respiratory diseases and cancer.
Can search dogs track at night? Yes, of course we
can. In fact we prefer to track at night. Air
molecules stay lower to the ground at night and
there are fewer scents to contend with in the
False tracks. A false
track happens when the animal walks one specific
direction, then the pet owner or someone else, walks
on top of the pet's scent (usually in or around the
home). This transfers the pet's scent onto the
bottom of the person's footwear and when the person
walks or drives a different direction, this person
is now giving off a fresher scent of the missing pet
to track. This is called a false scent trail. There
is no way to prevent this from happening, it's a
fact of life. The only way that you can keep this
from happening, is to call Search and Rescue out
immediately before you do any looking, so as not to
contaminate the track.
What happens when the search dog tracks to a
specific location and we can't find our pet? This
happens on many of the tracks. The pet will walk to
a specific location and by the time we get called,
respond, and perform our track of the missing pet,
it has already been picked up by a well meaning
person to be cared for. The search dog will give you
a direction of travel of your missing pet and the
location of where your animal was picked up. You can
then post your lost pet posters in this area. 60% of
our clients get their pets back this way. This saves
you time, money, and works really well.
What if the search dog
tracks my pet to a specific location and we get
reports of sightings in a completely different area?
It is not unusual for someone who is well meaning to
pick up a lost animal. Soon the animal becomes too
much responsibility for the person to take care of.
They then may take it away from their own home and
let it go. Usually at a nearby park, school, or
business. They may take it back to where they found
it and set it free, hoping it will find its way back
home. Or the pet may just break free from the person
and try to find its way back home.
How do we know the search dogs track was accurate?
There is never a 100% guarantee that we'll find your
loved one. We'll give it our best efforts. A SEARCH
DOG doesn't know how to lie. That's why their
testimony in a court of law is accepted, with
training, testing, and mission documentation. A
search dog is trained to follow the track or trail
of the scent given to them by their dog handler. A
mutual trust exists between the dog handler and the
search dog. There a rare times where the search dog
ends up following a false track. This happens
approximately once in every 300 searches and it is
usually caused by cross contamination.
Harry Oakes started in SAR, May 1972. with Multnomah
County Sheriff’s Office with MCSO LE Post# 900 /
631. Portland, Ore.
1974-1977 US Army Military Police assisted in MAST
1978 Worked as a SAR Coordinator with Morrow County
Sheriff’s Office in Heppner, Oregon.
1986 active member / instructor with Portland
Mountain Rescue and co-founded the search dog
program Oregon D.O.G.S. for the state of Oregon in
1987. Harry then founded the Non profit K9 SAR team
Wilderness Search Dogs.
1997 Founded the for profit professional
International K9 Search and Rescue Services.
Here's the break down of Harry’s SAR Calls. All
documented, and all accepted in the courts of law.
Reviewed and verified by the Oregon Department of
Since 1986, I've received over 11,255 SAR calls around
the world. Again
all these cases are documented by date, times,
locations, names, places, agencies and have been
reviewed by the Dept of justice, local law
enforcement and other agencies and has been
Finding just one person alive or dead gives a search
dog handler credibility. Harry Oakes has a
documented 99% accuracy level at finding the victim
or determining what really happened to them and