The Dogs

They are our canine family members with a day job — and they work plenty of nights, too. The MARK9 search dogs are owned by the handlers who work them and are trained collaboratively by their handlers, team trainers, and outside coaches. These dogs generally work search for eight to ten years, and when they retire, they remain with the families they love. Each dog has a personality and charisma all his or her own, with two things in common: all our dogs are people-friendly, and they all love their work.

Service by MARK9 dogs has been awarded by the Oklahoma Veterinary Hall of Fame, the Plano Police Department, Dallas Police Department, and the AKC, among other organizations.

 

CERTIFIED DOGS

 

Hope

Breed:
German Shepherd
Born:
01-05-2011
Handler:
Chris Holmberg
Certification:
Wilderness, Urban, Disaster, Scent Discrimination, NOCSAR HRD, Water HRD, AWDA Human Remains Detection Type IV, AMPWDA Level 1 Trailing

Description:
Hope is a sable German Shepherd from West Germany and Czech parents. She started her SAR training at twelve weeks of age and loves to work! When she is not working, she enjoys playing tug, chasing balls, eating ice cream and toasted marshmallows, camping hiking and rough housing with her half-sister Faith, another member of our team.

 

Faith

Breed:
German Shepherd
Born:
March 8, 2011
Handler:
Mike Holmberg
Certification:
Wilderness, Urban, Disaster, Scent Discrimination, NOCSAR HRD, Water and Human Remains Detection, AWDA Human Remains Detection Type IV

Description:
Courageous Faith loves to give kisses and get her belly rubbed. When Faith isn't working, she enjoys playing with her sister, Hope, who is also a search dog. Faith loves to play Frisbee or fetch balls. Next to working for Mark9, Faith's favorite thing to do is go hiking in the mountains with her handler. After a nice long hike, Faith enjoys an ice cream cone or roasted marshmallows by the campfire.

 

Gypsy

Breed:
Australian Shepherd
Born:
April 26, 2007
Handler:
Jerry Seevers
Certification:
Wilderness, Urban, Disaster, Cadaver Recovery, Water

Description:
Gypsy is an Austrialian Shepherd born to parents on a working ranch in Texas. Her unusual coloring is called Blue Merle, and although it is not a dominant color, it is not uncommon among Aussies. She could have been named Calamity Jane or Belle Starr because her personality is reminiscent of the women of the Old West. Gypsy possesses all the drive and personality that makes these rough and tumble dogs famous as great herding dogs, but she is as sweet as honey. Rather than herding farm animals, Gypsy focuses her energy on rounding up missing persons. On the other end of the leash is Gypsy's partner, Jerry Seevers. Gypsy is Jerry's second search dog with Mark9. Remember, says Team Gypsy, real dogs don't have tails.

Raine

Breed: 

 Belgian Malinois

Born:
8/9/2013
Handler:
Christian Hornbeck
Certification:
Canine CGC, AWDA Human Remains detection type IV

Description:
Raine is a Belgian Malinois that loves to work for her ball reward. She is extremely driven and when working she is always "All in". Her handler has to be very careful on hot days as Raine never knows when to stop and take a break.  On her days off she loves dock diving, hiking and camping. Raine loves riding in the car and taking naps on the couch after work or play. She loves to do all sorts of tricks for her treats as she never turns down a yummy treat.

 

 

 

 

Khloe

    
Breed:
Bloodhound
Born:
 
Handler:
Kevin Pirtle
Certification:
AMPWDA Level 3 trailing

Description:
   coming soon

Chase

Breed:
Bloodhound
Born:
 
Handler:
Kevin Pirtle
Certification:
AMPWDA Level 2 trailing

Description:
coming soon

 

 

Gypsy

Breed:
Bloodhound
Born:
 
Handler:
Cindy Selzler
Certification:
AMPWDA Urban trailing cert.

Description:
Gypsy is a 2-year old Bloodhound.

 

 

 

DOGS IN TRAINING

 

 

 

Kao

Breed:
German Shepherd
Born:
3-5-16
Handler:
Zephrin Allen
Certification:
In training

Description:
Kao comes from Slovakian lineage from a long line of working dogs. Kao's sire is currently a working police K9 in Slovakia and was bred out of the Slovakian national kennel. While working Kao displays extreme drive and focus, and is totally dedicated to finding missing people. When not working he loves to play tug, chase tennis balls, and find new ways to have his tummy rubbed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sami

Breed:
Part German Shepherd, Bloodhound, Am Staff (dna confirmed)
Born:
10-5-2015
Handler:
Sharon Beckerich
Certification:
in training

Description:
coming soon