Best buds, top dog

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Glenorchy’s Vladka Kennett and her sidekick Zara the labrador are over the moon after ticking off another achievement at a recent search and rescue camp.

The pair spent last weekend at Cardrona, taking part in the National LandSAR Avalanche Dogs Assessment.

They passed with flying colours and now have the official rank of novice – meaning they can be deployed to an incident by police, if they’re the closest team, to start a search.

“I’m really happy,” Kennett says.

“Zara was fantastic, there was such kind feedback it almost brought me to tears.”

The assessment involved a range of tasks, including mock rescues and obedience training.

Kennett moved to New Zealand from the Czech Republic 15 years ago, and got involved in search and rescue three years later.