A Remarkable Journey Of Skye, The Dedicated Mountain Rescue Dog

A Remarkable Journey Of Skye, The Dedicated Mountain Rescue Dog

Skye, the mountain rescue dog, has been acknowledged for her remarkable services and received an award for having more than 200 rescues in 11 years of service. 

Dogs have been admired for their unconditional devotion and love for their owners. But, apart from that some dogs secure a special place in many hearts due to their indelible efforts and services for the nation. Skye is one of those dogs who has been rewarded for her exceptional services in 11 years. However, she has retired from her duties but is considered the UK’s longest operational mountain rescue dog. 

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A Remarkable Journey Of Skye, The Dedicated Mountain Rescue Dog

Skye is a border collie and a dedicated mountain rescue dog who carried out 200 searches over her 11 years of service in the Lake District. She will also be awarded the PDSA Order of Merit or animal OBE for her efforts. 

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This dedicated mountain rescue dog started her career with the Bowland Pennine Mountain Rescue Team when she was a puppy. After that, she worked with Duddon and Furness MRT as a trainee and graded search dogs before moving to Langdale and Ambleside MRT. John Leadbetter, the handler of Skye, said that Skye means everything to him. She is his best friend and they have become lifelong partners. Skye and John Leadbetter used to search for missing individuals in all weathers during her service. 

A Remarkable Journey Of Skye, The Dedicated Mountain Rescue Dog

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He also added that seeing her getting the PDSA Order of Merit is a touching moment for him. It is an incredible honor for the search dogs and their teams devoted to mountain safety.

Throughout her illustrious career, Skye ventured beyond her primary mission of protecting and assisting those in danger. Her presence also shed light on the crucial work performed by Mountain Rescue Teams, getting vital support and appreciation for their efforts.  

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As Skye entered her well-earned retirement at the age of 14, she left behind many lives she had touched and saved. Her valiant efforts included not only the Lake District but also extended to Lancashire, the Pennines, and even Scotland. Now, she is 16 years old and finds comfort and joy in her retirement in the company of John Leadbetter and his family.

A Remarkable Journey Of Skye, The Dedicated Mountain Rescue Dog

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Although she may move at a slower pace, her love for the mountains and hills remains the same.

Skye’s journey and her story serve as an inspiration to the communities, leaving a lasting impact. 

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