When one UK family noticed their dog was missing from the yard one evening, they were afraid he might have gotten lost or was in danger when he failed to return home.
“Flash is an outside dog,” Elijah Ward said. “We have a smallholding and he often wanders by himself but we noticed he went missing on the night.” Thankfully, the 10-month-old Patterdale terrier returned home the next morning. However, after talking with some neighbors and police later that day, they discovered their dog helped save a life.
“As officers worked down the field and the helicopter was overhead, a dog belonging to a local resident had accompanied officers as they searched the fields,” said Sergeant Barry Evans, from Durham Constabulary, who had been leading a search for an elderly woman that went missing. “Flash went and laid down near a hedgerow. He appeared to be indicating at something. This led a family member of the missing person to discover the woman, found apparently unhurt from the overnight exposure although a little distressed.”
“The dog definitely played a part. Without Flash, she might not have been found so soon,” said PC Karl Heseltine. “We only realized what he’d done after speaking to neighbors and police,” Ward said. “Now we wonder if he stayed with her all night. We went straight out and bought him lots of treats. He’s a little hero really. We’re just glad of the outcome. The lady was found safe and well, that’s all that matters.”
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