Black Lab Escapes From Groomer, BTB Contributor And His Dog Finds Him
by Jim Branson
On Monday (March 15th), David and Rene George received a harrowing call from a dog groomer near Five Corners in Burien: their beloved black lab, Charlie, had somehow escaped.
David and Rene searched and put up fliers, but they didnâ€™t really know the best way to look for their lost dog until they contacted the Missing Pet Partnership.
My dog Kelsy and I have been volunteering for MPP for a couple of years, and we have been trained to work as a team to find missing dogs. Kelsy, a black lab who looks very much like Charlie, has learned to follow the scent trail of a dog, and my job is to read her body language and help her find the dog. Actually, my main job is to hang onto the end of the leash while Kelsy drags me along on the search.
Tuesday morning at dawn, I obtained a scent article from David and started Kelsy on the trail, beginning at the groomer. Kelsy followed the scent trail from Five Corners to the library, to Firestone, down past Albertsonâ€™s, down Ambaum to 174th, and then back up First Ave to about 163rd, where she found Charlie hiding in the bushes!
I never would have seen Charlie, even if I was looking right at him. Kelsyâ€™s nose alerted us to his hiding place in the brambles.
Charlie didnâ€™t want to come out, even with the lure of food. I called Rene, and she took a little time off of work to come get Charlie. When Charlie heard her voice, he came right out of the bushes to her. David and Rene are very glad to have Charlie home safe, and Kelsy has her reward of finding the missing dog. Plus some treats and a belly rub.