Sadly, Kitt died last night after a short illness.
For those of you who might not know, Kitt was not only a great family pet but a LDMRSDA search dog attached to Langdale Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team between 2009 and 2015. She assisted with many rescues throughout the lakes, as well as one or two in Yorkshire, Lancashire and Scotland.
Many of you will recall her on rescues, searches and training sessions. My most memorable ones include; searching for victims of the Cumbria shootings, locating a Japanese tourist who'd become lost in the mist on Heron Pike and her escape from her harness whilst on board a Sea King Helicopter, causing mild panic amongst the crew and a rather swift landing, as she crawled towards the cockpit!
Thank you to all those people who hid, helped and generally made her life a succession of brilliant adventures.
Kitt also accompanied Eddie Izzard for part of his multi-marathon run and was famous for bringing unfeasibly small sticks to throw
Her passing leaves a void in our household but the Benson's can take some comfort in the knowledge that, as dogs lives go, her life was pretty amazing and certainly action packed.