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CSJ’s ‘Friends for Life’ Lou and Brock win at Crufts

Lou and Brock

If you watched Crufts TV online on Sunday 8th of March you’ll have seen the tear-jerking final of the ‘Friends for Life’ competition which acknowledges and celebrates dogs that make an incredible difference to people’s lives.

This year’s winner was Search Dog Brock who, with his handler Lou Holmes, found the body of weapons expert Dr David Kelly.

In February visitors to CSJ’s were told the story of Lou and Brock’s work as members of the Berkshire Search and Rescue Team – a charity which relies on donations to stay running and exists to assist Search and Rescue Teams, the Police and other emergency services in locating lost or missing persons.

Brock is a Collie-cross Australian Shepherd Dog. As a Lowland Search and Rescue dog based in Berkshire, Brock and his handler Louise Holmes discovered the body of Dr Kelly in July 2003.
Since then most of the work Brock does relates to finding countless sufferers of Alzheimers and other such terrible diseases.

One particular search was for a lady affected with this whose carer had left her house door unlocked and she wandered out. Brock was able to track her from her house through the streets some hours after she had gone missing. Luckily she was found and brought home safely. Without Brock, the police would have been searching for hours possibly days until someone found her.

Berkshire Search and Rescue dogs is supported by CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds and is a volunteer search dog group on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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