Jessie is a Search and Rescue Dog with Southwest Search Dogs, which is an all-volunteer group, affiliated with the San Diego (California) Police Department. She is a rescue herself, who was very close to being euthanized when we agreed to foster, then later adopt, her. Jessie has turned out to be an excellent search dog, even if she has been rather hard on my knees, since she pulls so hard. She is also one of the best dogs, in terms of getting along with the other dogs and strange people, in our unit.
It's not true that all Bloodhounds can do Search and Rescue, but that's what they were bred to do and most can be taught. At age 6, after 13 months of training, Jessie finally takes and passes her first certification test.
This is what Jessie looked like when we got her, as a five-year-old rescue. She had lived with a Great Dane that almost died because it was so thin. Can you guess what the problem was? The patches in her fur are there because they had to shave her in spots, due to the numerous ticks she had. She required a double treatment, she had so many of them. Fortunately, the person who handles Bloodhound rescue in Southern California is the wife of a vet and she manages his office, so Jessie received excellent treatment.