Search Dog Question #2

Today’s question refers specifically to the main character in the books, Gunny the SAR dog. What is Gunny’s cadaver search command? For extra credit, what is his HRD search command? Both answers can be found in several places in the first two books.

Author: Joe Jennings

Joe Jennings is a K9 handler with a search and rescue team in northern Utah. He and his dog, Gunny (the real Gunny), are certified for live find in both wilderness and avalanches, and human remains recovery on both land and water. They have been on over eighty searches across the Intermountain West. Joe is also a retired U.S. Marine and a veteran of the Vietnam war. Joe is the author of two books in the Sam and Gunny K9 adventure series, Ghosts of Iwo Jima and Ghosts of the Buffalo Wheel. Both of these books were selected as finalists for best novel in the Dog Writers Association of America writing contest; Ghosts of Iwo Jima in 2017 and Ghosts of the Buffalo Wheel in 2018. A third book in the series, The Very First Dog, will be released early in 2019.

4 thoughts on “Search Dog Question #2”

  1. Soooo, many moons ago I started in SAR and the people I was working with used the command ‘Body find’ for cadaver. Really??!! That’s gotta go.

    I wanted a command that was rather mundane and wouldn’t offend and ‘Adios’ was born. Lots people have followed in my footsteps since that time which was in the late 90’s.

    Do you know what Gunny’s cadaver command is now? I had the privilege of working with Joe and Ginny very early on in their career. 😁

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    1. We have a winner! Mary was Gunny’s first trainer and she’s the one who introduced ‘Adios’ as his cadaver search command. There’s a funny story about what happened the first time Gunny smelled cadaver odor. Maybe Mary or Sonja, the trainer who was giving the seminar that day can tell it.


  2. Nope. I think there were four boxes; three blank and one “hot” with the cadaver source. Gunny sniffed at each one and when he got to the “hot” one he jumped straight up in the air and let out a yelp. I was embarrassed but you and Sonja said that was fine. He’d be sure to remember that scent for the rest of his life, and he has.


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