Memorial Page

On occasion, K9 Search and Rescue Team Inc. loses members of its family, whether they are human or canine. We want to remember and honor those Team members who have passed and their dedication and service that made such a difference to the lives of the countless lost and missing, and families... that they may live.

In Memory of Kae Baker Skala

K-9 Search and Rescue Team member Kae Skala passed away Saturday, October 3rd, 2009 while enjoying what she loved: hiking the wild places of Southwest Colorado with her dogs near Lone Cone, north of Dolores. She was a vital and active woman who enjoyed the woods, wild, and wildlife and gave fully of herself as a volunteer and public servant. Kae’s volunteer service for K9 included efficiently and accurately performing the responsibilities of Finance Section Chief, and her warm personality helped forge bonds of trust and camaraderie among Team members. May the Dog House forever be warmed by her smile...


Just like their human counterparts, search and rescue canines endure thousands of hours of training throughout their operational lives, weather that makes their handlers cringe, and must be physically capable of handling the blistering heat of the desert, the frozen temperatures of the winter, the rugged terrain of the mountain, and the harsh environment of the urban disaster scene.

As with everything in life, there comes a time when our four-legged partners pass on to greener meadows where there is an unending supply of critters to chase, mud to wallow through, and warm sun to lay in. This page is dedicated to the many K9 members of K9 Search and Rescue Team Inc. who have not just been loving pets, but have served and saved the lives of so many lost and missing throughout the years.

*Pawprints indicate that there is no photo available for the dog

 Rio Valles Piper Cub

8-6-84 - 11-3-93

 Last Chance Search Light

11-3-85 - 4-20-98

 Dallas Vom Shasta Teaspoon

10-29-89 - 2-91

 Maggie's Attitude

2-4-92 - 3-15-01

Shilo Search Light

5-12-92 - 12-20-00


8-30-93 - 9-6-94


4-18-95 - 10-30-97


4-18-95 - unknown



 Last Hope Abigail

1-18-97 - 8-12-00

 Towzar Peanut Butter Putz

7-7-97 - 5-28-05

 SAR Zeus Majesto

12-7-97 - 2-5-05


5-1-98 - unknown


10-02 - 1-2-12

 Axel Von Suchen Hirten

2-20-03 - 6-8-12


11-16-14 - 6-24-15


1-21-05 - 10-10-15


3/13/03 - 1/09/17

Retired Members

This section is to honor our retired members who have passed away.

Wayne Harrison

Wayne Harrison was a long time resident of Dolores. Moving to the area in 1977, his career was as a millwright. He worked in the sawmill, at a number of positions until 1984. In 1984, he was disabled at an early age due to a work accident.

Wayne painted, including one of K-9’s logos, and became a mentor to many children. He guided the youth through camping, and taking them to air shows. He was a huge participant in the Civil Air Patrol. Another of his many accomplishments was the time with the VFW. Wayne was an active participate in his community, wherever there was a need.

Wayne also gave freely of his talents to the K-9 Search and Rescue Team for many years. His favorite thing about K-9 Search and Rescue was the time spent with the dogs. He loved German Shepherds. 

His wife Ruth said, "Wayne always said he had a good life and loved children, his passion was his community." Wayne enjoyed his family including grandchildren.

Thank you Wayne for all the years of devoted service to the community.