So when Branson received the call that a deaf 11-year-old Great Pyrenees named Puppy had gone missing, he knew the perfect dog for the job.
On Thursday afternoon, Puppy’s owner had gone for a horseback ride in the woods and, true to his youthful name, Puppy eagerly decided to tag along. When Puppy’s owner spotted him following behind she turned around and headed home, but on the way back the dog and his owner got separated.
Volunteers searched the woods for the lost dog without luck. Alone in the darkness, Puppy couldn’t even hear his rescuers call his name.
The Saturday morning after Puppy went missing, Tino and Branson met the lost dog’s owner in the woods to retrace her steps.
“It took 90 minutes for the owner to locate the point she had last seen Puppy because things look different in twilight,” Branson said. “Once I presented the scent article (some of Puppy’s fur from his bed) to Tino, he took off running on the scent trail.”