We’ve been inspired by Bill Tolhurst and his research with scent. Bill is one
of the world’s foremost experts on scent and dogs. You can visit Bill’s
website www.angelfire.com/ny4/bigT/
to check out his research.

Our own research centers on Toothprints® a product of Kerr Dentistry.
www.kerrdental.com/products/toothprints/index.cfm

Toothprints® were developed by Dr. David Tesini, a pediatric dentist
from Massachusetts. www.toothprints.net

The Masons have a fantastic program called the CHIP Program that creates
child identification kits to help us keep our children safe. Toothprints®
is an important part of the CHIP Program. Please visit the Masons’ website
to learn more: www.masonichip.org.

In the spring of 2004, we were contacted by Dr. Bertrand A. Bonnick,
DDS PLLC. www.thelaserdentist.net/

Dr. Bonnick has used Toothprints® with his young patients and is
a firm believer in the necessity of having a current set of dental impressions
of all children. Sometimes, dental records are the only way of identifying
a recovered body. In Dr. Bonnick’s practice, there have been two instances
where his diligence in making dental impressions has been the only way
that bodies were able to be identified. While recovering a body is not
the result anyone desires, it gives the families a measure of relief and
a sense of closure to know with certainty that their loved one has passed
and is no longer suffering.

Kerr Dentistry’s literature also states their product can be used to
provide a DNA sample from a child and as a scent article for search dogs
to use. Dr. Bonnick was skeptical about the use of a dental impression
as a scent article and wanted proof that it would work. He found Canines
for Kids, Inc. on the Internet and contacted us. He asked us if we would
be willing to put Kerr Dentistry’s product to the test.

We were curious as well so we quickly agreed. Here are the results so
far:

On April 10, 2004, two original dental impressions were made of Chase’s
(a five-year-old boy) mouth by Dr. Bonnick. Chase then laid a track that
was approximately 300 yards in length. Canine Caly was handled by Linda
Dunn. Caly had absolutely no trouble tracking or identifying Chase. One
impression was then bagged and stored in the freezer and the other was
bagged and stored in a dark cabinet at room temperature. This track was
witnessed by Dr. Bonnick and Mike Craig.

On May 1, 2004, we took the impressions to Cedarock Park in Alamance
County, NC. Two canines, Zena and Caly (both German Shepherds) had no
trouble using either impression as scent material. Three tracks were run.
The first track was approximately 150 yards (run off the frozen impression).
The second track was approximately 100 yards long (also run off the frozen
impression). First and second tracks were run by Zena, handled by Ricky
West. The third track was approximately 250 yards and was run off the
room temperature impression. The third track was run by Caly, handled
by Linda Dunn. All tracks were witnessed by Dr. Bonnick, Mike Craig, Linda
Dunn, Ricky and Tammy West, and David and Kathy Latimer of Forensic and
Scientific Investigations.

On July 3, 2004, we returned to Cedarock Park with the impressions. Three
different canines were used. The first track was approximately 200 yards
in length. Caly was scented off of the room temperature impression and
had no trouble tracking Chase to his hiding place.

Zena and Ricky did the second track. This track also ended up being about
200 yards in length. Zena was scented off the frozen impression and tracked
and identified Chase as the owner of the scent.

The final track was laid by Chase. Winston (the Bloodhound donated to
Greensville County, Virginia) and his handler, Sgt. Barbara Stroud, ran
this track which was approximately 350 yards in length. Winston was scented
off of the frozen impression and correctly tracked and identified Chase.

All of these tracks were witnessed by Mike Craig, Linda Dunn, Ricky West,
Barbara Stroud, and Brian Stroud.

On December 11, 2004, eight months after the Toothprints impressions
were made, we took them out again. Ricky West and Zena ran the first two
tracks off of the impression stored at room temperature. Two tracks were
run, each approximately 200 yards in length. The tracks were laid in downtown
Burlington, NC–entirely on asphalt; there was also a brisk wind most
of the time (approximately 14 mph with gusts up to 20 mph) that came from
all directions. Zena had no difficulties with either track.

The next two tracks were of similar length and under the same windy conditions
downtown. Triple A, handled by Linda Dunn, was scented off of the impression
that was stored in the freezer. She was able to sort out the tracks and
find Chase without any problems.

These tracks were witnessed by Mike Craig, Linda Dunn, and Ricky West.

On August 28, 2005, sixteen months after the Toothprints impressions
were made, we went out again. This time Jason Quimby handled Rosie (a
Bloodhound). Rosie was scented off of the frozen impression. She ran a
track that had been laid 24 hours prior to it being run and had absolutely
no difficulty with it. Linda Dunn scented Georgia (the Bloodhound donated
to the Vincent, AL Police Department) off of the impression being stored
at room temperature. Georgia ran the same 24 hour old track with no problems.

On March 19, 2006, we again took the impressions out to be tested. Chase
laid a track that was approximately 100 yards long. Mason, a German Shepherd,
and Bill Bailey (Mason’s handler from Dracut, Massachusetts) ran the track
using the Toothprints impression that has been stored at room temperature.
Despite the distraction of a dog running loose and the carcass of a dead
cat near Chase’s hiding spot, Mason ran the track and identified Chase
without problems.

Holly, a six month old Bloodhound, and her handler Jennifer Warren then
ran the same track using the Toothprints impression that has been stored
in the freezer. Holly found and identified Chase with only a minor distraction
by the cat carcass.

A second track was laid for Mason to follow. Chase and Jennifer rode
off on a four-wheeler. The track crossed a creek and was about 100 yards
in length. Jennifer and Chase then abandoned the four-wheeler, with Jennifer
going into the woods on the right and Chase going into the woods on the
left. Mason was scented off the impression that has been stored in the
freezer. He crossed the creek and after circling Chase’s hiding place
once, he found and identified Chase.

The following people were witnesses: Mike Craig, Linda Dunn, Jennifer
Warren, and Bill Bailey.

On May 29, 2006, we again took the Toothprints impressions out to be
tested. Chase laid a track that was approximately 120 yards long. This
track started on Chase’s playground, so there was a lot of layered scent.
Zoe, a Bloodhound, and her handler, Alvina Ponder from Cook County, Illinois,
ran the track using the Toothprints impression that has been stored in
the freezer. Zoe had to work through the layered scent on the playground,
past a dog, a pig, and three ducks to follow Chase’s trail through the
woods. Zoe found and identifed Chase without any trouble.

Chase then laid a second trail that was about 200 yards in length. This
trail went meandering through the woods. Zoe was scented off of the Toothprints
impression that has been stored in a cabinet at room temperature. Again,
she found and identifed Chase without any trouble.

The following people were witnesses: Mike Craig, Linda Dunn, and Alvina
Ponder.