The Officers and Board of Directors of the American Belgian Tervuren Club are proud to share the news that member Kristi Smith and her Tervuren, Keahi, have won the AKC’s 2012 ACE Award for Search & Rescue.
During her career with Arizona Search Track and Rescue, seven-year-old Keahi (key-ah-hee; Hawaiian for “fire”) has proved to be durable, versatile, and uncannily accurate. Certified in air-scent, avalanche, cadaver, evidence, and human-remains searches, the in-demand Terv has answered the call in nine states and Canada. She and Smith conduct approximately 43 searches a year, logging between 91 and 126 work days a year–a strenuous pace for any search team. Smith and Keahi have found lost children and wandering seniors, led investigators to the bodies of murder victims and those who have drowned (including one find 170 feet under water), and recovered key evidence in criminal investigations.
Congratulations to Kristi Smith and Keahi.
More information on the ACE Awards and Keahi can be found at