meet

the team

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Mona

Mona is a 6 year old Black Labrador retriever from the Ouray valley.  Like all good retrievers her favorite thing in the world is to find things. She has been working hard getting ready for the upcoming ski season. She spends her summer on the trail and swimming in the alpine lakes of the San Juan.  She can't get enough of that water!

While she does have a beautiful mysterious smile, her namesake is not the Mona Lisa, but former Ski Patroller Mona Wilcox.  

 

Born: 2012

Companion:  Erik Larsen

Mona
Stella

Stella is 4.5 years old McNab Border Collie. The McNab is a specific breed of herd dog bred for their agility and ability to run distances of up to 100 miles a day while herding cattle.  Stella runs about 4-5 miles daily in the summer with Michael or his family. She often runs 10 miles plus in the winter at the ski area. She loves humans, dogs, snow and lots of affection.  She is afraid of cows and horses.  She loves her job and has a very high energy approach to her work.

Born: 2015

Companion: Michael Lane

Stella
Gretchen
Gretchen

Gretchen is a yellow lab puppy from Craig Colorado. She started coming up onto the ski mountain when she was 12 weeks old in the winter of 19-20.  She’s excited to progress through her training as Telluride’s newest avalanche dog. Between long naps by the wood stove at Patrol Head Quarters, she’s eager to play around in the snow and find patrollers buried in dog holes. It’s been remarkable to watch her develop and learn her job this season. She looks forward to a summer of job related training and returning to the mountain next winter. 

Gretchen
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Wiley

Born in Montrose, Colorado Wiley was supposed to be a Chocolate Lab like his parents but came into the world as the only golden colored lab in the litter.  

 

He enjoys playing fetch, rolling in the snow, riding in the dogsled, and wagging his tail. Wiley loves working as an avalanche dog and spending time on the mountain. He is very excitable and isn't afraid to let us know how he feels "bark-bark!".

Born 2006

Companion: Erik Aura

Wiley
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Lady Bee

Bee is so excited about the ski season. Right now she staring out the window at changing leaves and snow covered peaks and I know that soon she will be going to work every day. Spending every winter of her life with the Telluride Ski Patrol, she is ready to grab her rescue harness and head to the top of the mountain to begin another season of avalanche rescue work. 

Born: 2010

Companion: Kim & Gary Richard

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Sadie

Sadie is a 5 year old professional working Avalanche Rescue Dog in Telluride and the surrounding regions. Every day she rides a ski lift, snowmobile, and runs to her job.  Winter is her favorite time of the year and ski patrolling is her calling in life! When the snow isn't falling her other hobbies are : pheasant and duck hunting in the fall, going on long hikes in the summer with her mom, and retrieving anything! 

 

Born: 2014

Companion: Andy Bagnell

Sadie
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Stella

Stella is 4.5 years old McNab Border Collie. The McNab is a specific breed of herd dog bred for their agility and ability to run distances of up to 100 miles a day while herding cattle.  Stella runs about 4-5 miles daily in the summer with Michael or his family. She often runs 10 miles plus in the winter at the ski area. She loves humans, dogs, snow and lots of affection.  She is afraid of cows and horses.  She loves her job and has a very high energy approach to her work.

Born: 2015

Companion: Michael Lane

Stella
Gretchen
Quill

Quill is a Golden Retriever/Australian Shepherd//Heeler mix named after Gerry Wilcox, one of the original Telluride Ski Patrollers.  Little Quill goes to visit Big Quill in Montrose every once in awhile. They have become good buddies! Quill loves doing puppy stuff, which mostly includes stealing mittens and trying to get the senior dogs to play with him.  When he is not trying to eat cardboard, Quill's training focuses on obedience. He loves watching the older dogs do search drills.  He gets very excited and cannot wait for his turn at the action!

Born: 2018

Companion: Lisa Chism

Quill

Quill is a Golden Retriever/Australian Shepherd//Heeler mix named after Gerry Wilcox, one of the original Telluride Ski Patrollers.  Little Quill goes to visit Big Quill in Montrose every once in awhile. They have become good buddies! Quill loves doing puppy stuff, which mostly includes stealing mittens and trying to get the senior dogs to play with him.  When he is not trying to eat cardboard, Quill's training focuses on obedience. He loves watching the older dogs do search drills.  He gets very excited and cannot wait for his turn at the action!

Born: 2018

Companion: Lisa Chism

in

memoriam

1/9

Jane

Osa

Maggie

Creek

Hobbes

Mesa

Solo

Ellie, sister of Dulce

Dulce, sister of Ellie

Jesse

Bajuko

Doris

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