Hero Dog Awards - Lincoln


Seattle, Washington

Lincoln is a five-year-old flat-coated retriever with national certifications in wilderness air scent and human remains detection. Volunteering with the Sheriff’s Office as a member of King County Search Dogs, Lincoln has deployed throughout Washington State on urban, water, forest, and alpine searches from the shores of Puget Sound to the crest of the Cascade Mountains.

“Search” is Lincoln’s favorite game! With boundless enthusiasm and his tongue inevitably hanging out, Lincoln loves to charge through fern covered woodlands and has covered as many as 26 miles in a day on search missions in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness. With a keen nose Lincoln often finds training subjects hidden 300 yards away, greeting them with happy face licks before returning to excitedly announce the find to his handler.

Lincoln was destined from birth to help save lives. Not breathing when first born, Lincoln was saved by a ‘kiss of life’ by a quick-thinking helper who is honored in his formal name: ‘Swiftwater Jude’s Phoenix’. Lincoln has started to pay back the community for his gift. Last year he was deployed as part of a King County Search and Rescue late night call out to search for a missing 87-year-old in a Seattle suburb. At 2:30 a.m., after working less than 15 minutes, Lincoln found the subject who was reunited with their family.

Search dogs save lives, and it makes every minute of the hundreds of annual training hours more than worthwhile.