Keystone Search and Rescue Dog Kenya

When crisis strikes in the mountains, it is great to know that dedicated dogs and people stand ready to risk their lives to save ours.  Last week I attended the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association Conference at the beautiful Keystone Resort.  It was a tremendous conference and I’m pleased that the veterinary profession continues to evolve with new procedures, pharmaceuticals and scientific inquiry always underway.  It is also great to attend conferences where pets are welcome! 

While in Keystone, I was fortunate to learn about Kenya and Sy.  Kenya is a trained search and rescue dog and Sy Meheen is an EMT and Kenya’s partner.  When people get lost in the mountains or an avalanche unfolds, they and other teams spring into action.  Time is of the essence in these circumstances so when they are on duty, it is just a matter of minutes before they can reach the top of the mountain by helicopter to begin the search.

One interesting fact, these highly trained dogs need frequent dental work.  Clean teeth aid their sense of smell to find the injured or lost skiers and hikers.


Acquiring, training and caring for these great dogs is expensive.  If you would like to help provide a gift in support of Kenya and the team, please contact Sy at (970) 496-4135.  Thank you!

Published by kristennelsondvm

Dr. Kristen Nelson grew up on a farm in Watertown, Minn., where she developed a deep love for animals of all kinds. She received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine. Kris then completed a small-animal internship at the prestigious Animal Medical Center in New York City. In addition to writing and speaking, she cares for small and exotic animals in Scottsdale, Az. Dr. Nelson is widely quoted in the media. Her credits include Ladies’ Home Journal, USA TODAY, the Los Angeles Times and numerous radio and television interviews. Dr. Nelson has written two books, Coated With Fur: A Vet’s Life and Coated With Fur: A Blind Cat’s Love. Kris and her husband Steve share their home with rescued cats, birds and a dog.