Current News





  It sure has been a busy year for us already, assisting with many local searches as well as some further away. We work and train hard weekly so we are prepared to do our best. We recently had some take their tests through AWDA and happy to announce they did well. Congratulations to the following on their recent certification:   

  •  Mike Holmberg and Faith recert for Air scent
  •  Chris Holmberg and Hope recert for Air Scent
  •  Kevin Pirtle and Khloe recert for trailing
  •  Kevin Pirtle and Justice certifying in trailing
  •  Chris Drury and Bentley certifying in trailing
  •  Chris Holmberg and Rogue certifying in HRD
  • Zephrin Allen and Kao Air scent and HRD
  • Christian Hornbeck and Raine HRD
  • Laurie Davis and Ryker HRD


  •  As 2017 nears an end MARK9  reflects on the year and how busy we have been. Our team is growing and we have some wonderful dedicated SAR members. We have had several calls that  ended with a closure and couldn't be more proud of our dedicated teammates. 
  • Team Hope had a major surgery and she is rebounding like a trooper. She is back to work and doing great.
  • Team Faith are featured in SAR Dog News NSDA January 2017 newsletter   
  • The spring brought on some exciting news, Kevin, Lyle, Cindy S all certified trailing through AMPWDA. Chris H, Chris D, Christian, Mike H, all certified with AWDA in Human Remains Detection type III. 
  • In October we were able to assist Richardson PD in the search efforts to locate Sherin Matthews, the missing 3 yr old. 


Fall 2016

  • Team Raine joins the team
  • Samii and Kao begin training
  • Faith & Hope pass their NOCSAR HRD Certifications
  • Team Faith and Team Raine pass their AWDA HRD Certifications
  • Team Hope passes their AWDA Trailing Certification

Spring 2016


Winter 2015

  • Bloodhound Team Gypsy joins Mark9.
  • Mark9 partners with the Texas State Guard and Lonestar SAR to train and certify soldiers in Basic Search & Rescue.

Fall 2015

  • Hope and Faith both obtain their AWDA Human Remains Detection Type IV certifications.
  • Handler Kevin Pirtle accepts Assistant Instructor position with INBTI.
  • Bloodhound Teams Khloe and Justice join Mark9.
  • Mark9 partners with Lonestar SAR and the Texas State Guard for several training events.

Summer 2015



Fall 2014

Summer 2014

  • Mark9 participates in several Sit & Stays in Collin and Ellis Counties.
  • Mark9 partners with Dallas Police Department, attends Chief on the Beat presentations.
  • Mark9 participates in Career Days events.

May 2014

  • FAS team members Matt Welsh and Sharon Beckenrich pass their Level 2 certifications.

January 2014

  • FAS team members Matt Welsh and Sharon Beckenrich join Mark9.


Fall 2013 - Summer 2014

  • Mark9 attends several Sit & Stay presentations in Collin, Dallas, and Ellis Counties.



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