MATSAR. Search and Rescue dogs of the Valley

Layla and I strayed from our usual Sunday hiking adventure today.  Instead, we drove to Palmer for a several hour photography assignment to highlight the magnificent dogs of Mat-Su Search and Rescue.

These dogs and their people are incredible.  They silently work - sometimes on a weekly basis - to improve and hone their search and rescue skills.   Throughout the year these teams practice for the inevitable.  One day, when least expected, a person or entire community will depend upon their amazing life saving skills.

Here's a snapshot of what we captured today.