Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Mourning dove and baby

Ethical Thinking

As a horse when he has run, a dog when he has caught the game, a bee when it has made the honey, so a man when he has done a good act does not call out for others to come and see, but he goes on to another act, as a vine goes on to produce again the grapes in season.

Must a man then be one of these, who in a manner acts thus without observing it? Yes. What more dost thou want when thou hast done a man a service? Art thou not content that thou hast done something conformable to thy nature, and dost thou seek to be paid for it, just as if the eye demanded a recompense for seeing, or the feet should demand a recompense for walking?
— Marcus Aurelius

Anyway People are unreasonable, illogical and self-centered. Love them anyway. If you do good, people will accuse you of ulterior motives. Do good anyway. If you are successful you win false friends and true enemies. Succeed anyway. The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable. Be honest and frank anyway. People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs. Fight for some underdogs anyway. What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight. Build anyway. People really need help but may attack you if you help them. Help people anyway. Give the world the best you have and you'll get kicked in the teeth. Give the world the best you've got anyway.
— Unknown

Good enough never is. You can't get to second base keeping one foot on first. Unless you're lead dog, the scenery never changes. Follow the crowd and you will never be followed by a crowd. You never get a second chance to make a good first impression. Keep your mind on the things you want and off the things you don't want. You will never be able to discover new oceans unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. Be not afraid of rowing slowly. Be afraid of standing still. There are people who make things happen, and there are those who watch things happen. And there are those who wonder what happened. You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don't try. An idea is a curious thing. It will not work unless you do. If you were to write down all the possible ways to motivate people to do better work, friendly praise would have to come near the head of your list. The true secret of giving advice is, after you have given it, to be perfectly indifferent whether it is taken or not, and never persist in trying to set people right.
— Hannah Whitall Smith

SWSD Ethics Statement


Southwest Search Dogs

Ethics Statement

Members of Southwest Search Dogs share three fundamental values:

Teamwork is, possibly, the most basic of our reasons for forming our group, the quality that most contributes to the highest level of our service to the community, and the thing that makes the SAR experience the most enjoyable activity in which we participate. It provides for our safety when we are out on searches, helps build longevity into our organization by sharing our experience with new people, makes us more self-sufficient, and gives us support when we face difficult times in our lives. However, the bond between handler and dog is so strong that the teamwork developed at this level overrides everything else. If it comes to choosing between giving up SAR or giving up one’s dog, we feel that SAR should be the thing to go. Similarly, we will stand by and stand up for our teammates at all costs, because our loyalty to our team is more important than the individual contributions we might make. We insist that all our members exemplify excellent teamwork at all times, in order to remain in Southwest Search Dogs.

The second is Honesty. It goes without saying that successful organizations are built on the ability to trust each other, but honesty means more than that to us. It also means dependability – following up on our commitments and doing what we say we will do. We appreciate that to have proper planning for an event or, especially, a search, we need to know who will be participating and what contributions they will be making, so we keep each other informed of our status. We must have intimate knowledge of the capabilities of our individual teams and know that the handlers will conduct themselves professionally, both of which we gain by constant practice together. We will neither overrate nor disparage ourselves to agencies or others outside our group and we will neither compete with each other nor lavish excessive praise for individual accomplishments in a team setting. Southwest Search Dogs members are responsible, predictable, knowledgeable, caring, thoughtful, and competent. Since neither our handlers nor our dogs are perfect and because the conditions are ever-changing, positive outcomes of searches are not guaranteed. However, our service will always be beneficial in some way, and will never make things worse. We will always give our maximum effort because we recognize that the life of the subject may be at stake.

Lastly, we value and promote Excellence. We feel the best way we can achieve and maintain excellence is through constant training. Training is a cornerstone of Southwest Search Dogs’ commitment to teamwork. It needs to be continuing for both handler and dog throughout the dog’s career, and we will enforce at least a minimum participation for teams to remain field qualified. But training must also be the most pleasurable activity we do with our dogs, as that is what we do most, and if we don’t enjoy training, the other reasons for working in SAR do not compensate. It is a necessary ingredient in guaranteeing our group’s permanence, and we know that we all continue to learn long after our initial certification. Working with new people is a reciprocal relationship, not only because we learn as much or more than we teach, but also because we build teamwork and learn to know and trust each other.
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