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Ray Shriver and his avalanche search dog Kita.

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Meet Ray Shriver and his avalanche search dog Kita. Ray wanted to have search and rescue dogs as part of his team so that he could always have their abilities at his disposal. The dogs are very important to search and rescue. They have a sense of smell that humans do not possess. The dogs sense, or smell Skin Rafts to find people that are lost or buried under the snow in the case of an avalanche.  Skin Rafts are microscopic portions of skin that we shed daily. These skin cells are unique to each individual. These dogs are trained and able to sense the scent rising out of the snow. These dogs are incredible, and so many lives are saved because of Avalanche Search and Rescue Dogs.