Melanie joined the team in February 2018 and loves being out in the countryside. The combination of working with like-minded people, all the fabulous dogs, and the thought of possibly being able to help someone in need, makes Search Dogs the ideal choice. Melanie qualified as a Search Technician in March 2019 and as a qualified dog handler with Shanti on the 5th September 2020.



Shanti was born on the 17th July 2017 and Melanie was lucky enough to see her at just a couple of days old right through to her being collected and taken home at 8 weeks. She is a full Golden Retriever and Melanie wants her to wear a badge to say so as she is always being asked 'what is she crossed with, Red Setter, Lurcher'.  

Shanti joined and passed the beginner's and advanced Search Dog training course on the 7th June 2018 and officially started her training in October the same year.

Shanti qualified as an operational Search Dog on the 5th September 2020. 

Shanti is very bouncy and always happy,, she adores swimming, long walks, lying on her back with her legs in the air and her favourite treat is Liver Cake.