The one selected to represent Mexico in the world championship, which will be held in Slovenia, is elegant, sober, has mahogany eyes, a damp nose, a smooth black coat and his name is “Geri”.
“Geri” is a rescue dog from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), which will participate for the first time in the IRO World Championship for Rescue Dogs that will take place in the city of Ljubljana from September 18 to 23.
In the competition, they will demonstrate all the work they have done for several years in the Program of Search and Rescue Dogs (PPBR) of the UNAM.
This Belgian groenendael shepherd, eight years old, is a member of the K9 Canine Rescue Unit of the PPBR and managed to qualify in place 33 of 108 dogs for the 24th edition of the IRO World Championship for Rescue Dogs.
The K9 Rescue Canine Unit, of the Search and Rescue Dog Program, belongs to the General Directorate of Prevention and Civil Protection (DGPPC) of the UNAM.
This rescue dog has been part of the emergency and rescue bodies in the missions of:
Earthquake and tsunami in Japan, 2011
Explosion of the Pemex Executive Tower, 2013
Explosion of the Maternal and Child Hospital of Cuajimalpa, 2015
Earthquakes at the CDMX, 2017
The World Championship for Rescue Dogs is organized by the International Rescue Dog Organization (The International Rescue Dog Organization), which represents 123 organizations rescue dogs belonging to 43 countries on all continents.
This world championship is organized with the intention that its members can develop their potential by organizing test events and high-level emergency courses. So the canine binomial composed of “Geri” and David, will compete with the elite rescue canines in the world.
This university student, who, in addition to being a rescuer, also enjoys playing and caressing, comes from a family of watchdogs, trackers, high-level athletes and herd-keepers from Central Europe.