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Alyeska avalanche canines

Kilo, a 14-week-old Mudi herding dog from Hungary, tears across the snow to locate Stacie Lordan in her hiding place during training with the Alyeska Ski Patrol Avalanche Canine Program on Monday afternoon, November 11, 2013, in Girdwood.
Erik Hill
Brian McGorry holds five-year-old Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever Fundy in check until releasing the dog during training with the Alyeska Ski Patrol Avalanche Canine Program on Monday afternoon, November 11, 2013, in Girdwood.
Erik Hill
Zooka tugs on a strip of cloth held by Tim Glassett after locating Glassett and digging him out of his snow-covered hiding place during training with the Alyeska Ski Patrol Avalanche Canine Program on Monday afternoon, November 11, 2013, in Girdwood. Zooka's owner and handler Mik Jedlicka, right, praises her dog.
Erik Hill
Fundy, a Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever, runs to dig out a buried victim during training with the Alyeska Ski Patrol Avalanche Canine Program on Monday afternoon, November 11, 2013, in Girdwood. The five-year-old dog, handled by Brian McGorry of the Alyeska Ski Patrol, is one of five dogs in the program.
Erik Hill
Fundy, a five-year-old Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever, works to dig out Alyeska Ski Patrol member Mik Jedlicka from a snow-covered cylinder during training with the Alyeska Ski Patrol Avalanche Canine Program on Monday afternoon, November 11, 2013, in Girdwood. The dog is owned and handled by Brian McGorry of the Alyeska Ski Patrol.
Erik Hill
Kent May runs off to hide as Mik Jedlicka holds his 20-week-old Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever Monty during training with the Alyeska Ski Patrol Avalanche Canine Program on Monday afternoon, November 11, 2013, in Girdwood.
Erik Hill
Monty, a 20-week-old Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever, locates Kent May during training with the Alyeska Ski Patrol Avalanche Canine Program on Monday afternoon, November 11, 2013, in Girdwood. The puppy quickly located the tube May was hiding in, and will eventually learn to dig May out when colleagues cover May's hiding place with snow as training progresses.
Erik Hill
Kent May offers praise as his dog Monty, a 20-week-old Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever, locates him during training with the Alyeska Ski Patrol Avalanche Canine Program on Monday afternoon, November 11, 2013, in Girdwood.
Erik Hill
From left puppies Monty and Kilo and adult dogs Yuki, Zooka and Fundy of the Alyeska Ski Patrol Avalanche Canine Program pose for a group photo on Monday afternoon, November 11, 2013, in Girdwood.
Erik Hill
Mik Jedlicka holds 20-week-old Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever Monty in check until releasing the dog to find owner Kent May during training with the Alyeska Ski Patrol Avalanche Canine Program on Monday afternoon, November 11, 2013, in Girdwood.
Erik Hill
Stacie Lordan plays with Kilo, her 14-week-old Mudi herding dog from Hungary, after the puppy successfully found her hiding in a cylinder during training with the Alyeska Ski Patrol Avalanche Canine Program on Monday afternoon, November 11, 2013, in Girdwood.
Erik Hill
Fundy, a Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever, runs to dig out a buried victim during training with the Alyeska Ski Patrol Avalanche Canine Program on Monday afternoon, November 11, 2013, in Girdwood.
Erik Hill
After completing a couple training runs, Kent May and his puppy Monty, a 20-week-old Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever, bond off to the side as other dogs take turns working during training with the Alyeska Ski Patrol Avalanche Canine Program on Monday afternoon, November 11, 2013, in Girdwood.
Erik Hill
Yuki digs out a buried victim during training with the Alyeska Ski Patrol Avalanche Canine Program on Monday afternoon, November 11, 2013, in Girdwood.
Erik Hill
Zooka locates Tim Glassett in his snow-covered hiding place during training with the Alyeska Ski Patrol Avalanche Canine Program on Monday afternoon, November 11, 2013, in Girdwood.
Erik Hill
Tim Glassett and his three-year-old Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever Yuki watch Mik Jedlicka run off to hide before Yuki is turned loose to search for Jedlicka during training with the Alyeska Ski Patrol Avalanche Canine Program on Monday afternoon, November 11, 2013, in Girdwood.
Erik Hill
Tim Glassett releases his three-year-old Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever Yuki to search for and dig out colleague Mik Jedlicka during training with the Alyeska Ski Patrol Avalanche Canine Program on Monday afternoon, November 11, 2013, in Girdwood.
Erik Hill
Mik Jedlicka releases her dog Zooka to search for a victim during training with the Alyeska Ski Patrol Avalanche Canine Program on Monday afternoon, November 11, 2013, in Girdwood.
Erik Hill
Mik Jedlicka romps with Zooka after her six-year-old Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever successfully located and dug out colleague Tim Glassett during training with the Alyeska Ski Patrol Avalanche Canine Program on Monday afternoon, November 11, 2013, in Girdwood.
Erik Hill
Kilo, a 14-week-old Mudi herding dog from Hungary, tears across the snow to locate Stacie Lordan in her hiding place during training with the Alyeska Ski Patrol Avalanche Canine Program on Monday afternoon, November 11, 2013, in Girdwood.
Erik Hill
Brian McGorry holds five-year-old Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever Fundy in check until releasing the dog during training with the Alyeska Ski Patrol Avalanche Canine Program on Monday afternoon, November 11, 2013, in Girdwood.
Erik Hill
Zooka tugs on a strip of cloth held by Tim Glassett after locating Glassett and digging him out of his snow-covered hiding place during training with the Alyeska Ski Patrol Avalanche Canine Program on Monday afternoon, November 11, 2013, in Girdwood. Zooka's owner and handler Mik Jedlicka, right, praises her dog.
Erik Hill
Fundy, a Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever, runs to dig out a buried victim during training with the Alyeska Ski Patrol Avalanche Canine Program on Monday afternoon, November 11, 2013, in Girdwood. The five-year-old dog, handled by Brian McGorry of the Alyeska Ski Patrol, is one of five dogs in the program.
Erik Hill
Fundy, a five-year-old Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever, works to dig out Alyeska Ski Patrol member Mik Jedlicka from a snow-covered cylinder during training with the Alyeska Ski Patrol Avalanche Canine Program on Monday afternoon, November 11, 2013, in Girdwood. The dog is owned and handled by Brian McGorry of the Alyeska Ski Patrol.
Erik Hill
Kent May runs off to hide as Mik Jedlicka holds his 20-week-old Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever Monty during training with the Alyeska Ski Patrol Avalanche Canine Program on Monday afternoon, November 11, 2013, in Girdwood.
Erik Hill
Monty, a 20-week-old Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever, locates Kent May during training with the Alyeska Ski Patrol Avalanche Canine Program on Monday afternoon, November 11, 2013, in Girdwood. The puppy quickly located the tube May was hiding in, and will eventually learn to dig May out when colleagues cover May's hiding place with snow as training progresses.
Erik Hill
Kent May offers praise as his dog Monty, a 20-week-old Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever, locates him during training with the Alyeska Ski Patrol Avalanche Canine Program on Monday afternoon, November 11, 2013, in Girdwood.
Erik Hill
From left puppies Monty and Kilo and adult dogs Yuki, Zooka and Fundy of the Alyeska Ski Patrol Avalanche Canine Program pose for a group photo on Monday afternoon, November 11, 2013, in Girdwood.
Erik Hill
Mik Jedlicka holds 20-week-old Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever Monty in check until releasing the dog to find owner Kent May during training with the Alyeska Ski Patrol Avalanche Canine Program on Monday afternoon, November 11, 2013, in Girdwood.
Erik Hill
Stacie Lordan plays with Kilo, her 14-week-old Mudi herding dog from Hungary, after the puppy successfully found her hiding in a cylinder during training with the Alyeska Ski Patrol Avalanche Canine Program on Monday afternoon, November 11, 2013, in Girdwood.
Erik Hill
Fundy, a Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever, runs to dig out a buried victim during training with the Alyeska Ski Patrol Avalanche Canine Program on Monday afternoon, November 11, 2013, in Girdwood.
Erik Hill
After completing a couple training runs, Kent May and his puppy Monty, a 20-week-old Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever, bond off to the side as other dogs take turns working during training with the Alyeska Ski Patrol Avalanche Canine Program on Monday afternoon, November 11, 2013, in Girdwood.
Erik Hill
Yuki digs out a buried victim during training with the Alyeska Ski Patrol Avalanche Canine Program on Monday afternoon, November 11, 2013, in Girdwood.
Erik Hill
Zooka locates Tim Glassett in his snow-covered hiding place during training with the Alyeska Ski Patrol Avalanche Canine Program on Monday afternoon, November 11, 2013, in Girdwood.
Erik Hill
Tim Glassett and his three-year-old Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever Yuki watch Mik Jedlicka run off to hide before Yuki is turned loose to search for Jedlicka during training with the Alyeska Ski Patrol Avalanche Canine Program on Monday afternoon, November 11, 2013, in Girdwood.
Erik Hill
Tim Glassett releases his three-year-old Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever Yuki to search for and dig out colleague Mik Jedlicka during training with the Alyeska Ski Patrol Avalanche Canine Program on Monday afternoon, November 11, 2013, in Girdwood.
Erik Hill
Mik Jedlicka releases her dog Zooka to search for a victim during training with the Alyeska Ski Patrol Avalanche Canine Program on Monday afternoon, November 11, 2013, in Girdwood.
Erik Hill
Mik Jedlicka romps with Zooka after her six-year-old Nova Scotia duck tolling retriever successfully located and dug out colleague Tim Glassett during training with the Alyeska Ski Patrol Avalanche Canine Program on Monday afternoon, November 11, 2013, in Girdwood.
Erik Hill
Alaska Dispatch