On 01-09-09 at 1450hrs. SAR Dog
Valorie Elizabeth Oakes died in her partner’s Harry Oakes’ arms
from a stroke and complication of old age.
Valorie worked for 14 1-2 years with Harry Oakes in Mountain
Wilderness Search Dogs and International K-9 Search and
Dog Valorie’s retirement and death, she documented 5,876 SAR
Mission callouts for missing persons and lost pets. She had
1,651 documented finds & assisted finds of people,
pets, suspect identifications, and evidence.
over 1000 of the cases SAR Dog Valorie and her handler harry
were canceled as the victim was located prior to our arrival.
findings have been reviewed and verified by an independent
Photographs of both Harry and
Valorie can be reviewed in People Magazine Nov. 30, 98 issue
was saved from a dog rescue facility in Corvallis, Oregon. She
was a Schiperkee, border collie, and
Mutt Mix. Found wandering the streets of Corvallis, Ore. in 1994
at the tender age of 5 months old.
Ms. Valorie has traveled around
the world twice, with Harry performing search and rescue. When
Harry and Valorie weren’t working Search and Rescue calls, SAR
Dog Valorie assisted Harry in his child safety programs called
HUFY (Help Us Find You), which teaches
children City, and Wilderness Survival tips. From
Stranger Danger to being safe and helping us find you when
was Harry's personal dog as well.
trained Valorie for all aspects of search and rescue to include
searches in and for: People and Animals, kidnapping's, evidence
finds, homicide searches,
Rock-Snow-Mud-Sand-Building Debris Avalanches.
Day or Night searches in Mountain
Wilderness, Glaciers, Crevasses for Mountain Rescue missions.
Jungles, Bayou's, Urban, Desert, Fresh and Salt water Ocean
drowning victims, transportation accidents, Bombings, Fires,
Floods, Tornados, Earthquakes, Storms.
Valorie's favorite food was a bacon, egg and cheese sandwich
TV Show is M.A.S.H. re-runs. Valorie slept in Harry's bed and
was spoiled rotten.
wore her seat belt when flying inside the airplane and traveling
in a vehicle. Her seat belt ran through her harness. Valorie got
her teeth brushed every day and a full body massage after every
SAR Dog Valorie documented finds of dead victims (humans) in the
Oklahoma City Bombing Disaster in 1995.
She assisted in the search for missing pets after the Skeleton
Fires in Bend, Oregon.
She documented finds of 29 dead humans in Honduras
after Hurricane Mitch struck in 1998.
In April of
1995, Ms. Valorie responded privately with her handler Harry, to
the Oklahoma City Bombing Disaster. Valorie has been credited
for finding 10 dead victims remains there and assisted in Pet
Assisted Therapy at St. Anthony’s Hospital for 5 survivors and
given full credit by
report “Into Thin Air” regarding her alerts and findings.
Harry’s report to the FBI and Oregon City PD on Ashley Pond
remains buried under cement in the Ward Weaver case in Oregon
She also found victims in both the 8/99 and 11/99 Turkey
Earthquakes. Finding 71 dead and 14
alive. (humans). One of her
best live saves was a 10 year old child buried 32 feet down in
the rubble pile in Turkey who had been
laying next to her dead mother for 10 days with no food
or water. “SAR Dog Valorie kept alerting and we kept digging.
For 8 hours straight until we found her. Doctors without borders
had to amputate the child’s legs to save her but she’s alive
today because of Valorie”.
Val had quite a gift at finding people buried in dirt, snow,
rubble and even in the water.
SAR Dog Valorie was used in every state in the USA for a mission
regarding a missing person or lost pet.
SAR Dog Valorie assisted Harry in a search for a missing
Alzheimer patient in Cabo, Mexico and was able to determine what
happened to him.
She determined what happened to a missing 18-year-old American
missionary in Dominican Republic Bay of Eagles. She documented
numerous searches in Canada. St. Thomas,
and St Croix USVI.
SAR Dog Valorie assisted Harry in teaching K-9 SAR to the teams
in Turkey after the 1999 earthquake and to the teams in St.
Valorie flew over 650 times in cabin in commercial and military
aircraft to and from search and rescue missions.
SAR Dog Valorie is the first search dog ever to be allowed into
Jamaica for a search mission. She was successful in finding
evidence and identifying a murder suspect in the case. This
documented by the Miami office of the FBI forensic teams.
Photo of Harry and Valorie SAR Dog Valorie resting
SAR Dog Valorie and Harry in the
Oklahoma City Bombing.
Book cover written about Valorie’s work in Oklahoma
SAR Dog Valorie and Harry resting in
the Turkey quake.
world lost a HERO and I lost my friend and the love of my life”
C/O International K 9 Search and Rescue Services.
Remembrances cards, gifts can be sent to:
International K-9 SAR Services PO Box# 1472 Longview, Washington
C/O Valorie Memorial.
If you wish
to make a donation to your local K9 Search and Rescue team, or
Humane Society in memory of Ms. Valorie Elizabeth Oakes Search
dog and Hero that would be appreciated as well.
Dog Valorie’s last trip to the Oregon Coast. She loved to
bark, dig and play.
Mr. Harry E.
Partner, and Friend.
Valorie is survived by her partner Willow a 3-year-old Border
collie, her human Brother Brandon Oakes. Her co workers SAR Dog
Yogi and Therapy dog Maggie.
available on myspace.com Harry Oakes
/ K9 SAR.
SAR Dog Yogi worked with
his handler Michelle Keating for 12.5 years out
of Vancouver, Wa. He was a giant love sponge
golden retriever. He lost his battle with old
age and respiratory failure today.
When Yogi wasn't working in K-9 SAR with
Mountain Wilderness Search Dogs, and later
with International K-9 Search and Rescue
Services, he was busy visiting old folks in rest
homes, patients dieing from AIDS and CANCER at
the hospices, and anyone else who just needed a
YOGI Hug and love.
He flew to Chicago once
during a major snow storm and found a lost cat.
Several of his more
memorable success stories was his work in
Honduras after Hurricane Mitch struck. He found
29 victims dead, assisted in grief therapy for
the surviving children and families.
He also assisted in
locating Ashley Pond buried under cement on the
Ward Weaver property in Oregon City, Ore.
He helped located
evidence in the Carolyn Killaby case on Larch
Mtn Wa. with Carolyn's family during a private
located several drowning victims in Oregon and
Washington. Over 85 search and rescue calls.
He is survived by his
handler Ms. Michelle Keating and the love of his life
another golden ret. Ms Maggie Mae who is totally distraught
and beside her self over the loss of her love of 10 years.
Yogi you are a gentle
giant and it will take many angels to lift such a heavy
loving spirit as yours to heaven.
We miss you. Go in
peace my dear friend