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    7 years, 200+ SAR missions, 14 rescues: Britain's hero dog Mij, 10, nears retirement

    The real life Lassie: How Mij went from a tiny bundle of fluff to the best rescue dog Britain who has saved 14 lives. (Daily Mail)
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    During Mij's seven-year career she became known as the most dependable dog in Britain and was called upon by police and search teams across the country, helping to save people from Scotland to Cornwall.

    One of her greatest moments came during the search for an elderly woman who had been missing from her home for more than 24 hours.
    Despite a 100-strong team's best efforts there was no trace of her and Mij was called in.

    After sniffing an item of her clothing Mij traced her final steps and within minutes had located the woman and helped to save her life after she'd fallen into wild bushes that completely surrounded her from eyesight.

    Owner Iain Nicholson, from Preston, Lancashire, said: 'It was truly one of her greatest moments and helped her to become known up and down the country.'
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    The ten-year-old Collie suffered health problems as a puppy that hindered her stamina as a youngster, meaning she was unable to follow traditional training techniques for open area search dogs.

    But Nicholson refused to put a dog down and under they eye of expert Tom Middlemas, taught her to conquer the art of scent discrimination. She can now distinguish an individual from a crowd of thousands with incredible accuracy.

    The method revolutionised the way rescue dogs comb the countryside and is now considered to be at the forefront of training throughout the world.
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    much more, many pictures, at the link, including Mij as a puppy looking eager to get out there and start doing some good!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wfgodot View Post
    The real life Lassie: How Mij went from a tiny bundle of fluff to the best rescue dog Britain who has saved 14 lives. (Daily Mail)

    much more, many pictures, at the link, including Mij as a puppy looking eager to get out there and start doing some good!
    Great article! Love these dogs!
    I hope she has a happy and long retirement.



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