Letter: Miniature schnauzer finds lost boy on Ladner trail

Editor:

My miniature schnauzer Matty and I were fortunate enough to be walking the trails off Ferry Road when we met a lady who alerted us of a missing boy last Thursday.

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After continuing our walk for about 15 minutes, my subconscious took over as there was a small trail that Matty had run into earlier but I didn't follow as it was a bit overgrown. Thinking back as to why she had picked that trail, I doubled back, encountering a police officer and who I believe was a caregiver that were looking for the boy. 

I was able to find that trail and she ran into it immediately again so I followed and there in a clearing by the river was the boy. After calling out that we had found him, the caregiver was able to follow my voice and all ended with the boy unhurt and safe.

The caregiver had asked me to meet them at the beginning of the trails but I was just happy that Matty and I could help and we went on our way.

Matty has been welcomed by St. John's Ambulance's therapy team to be part of its program and will be evaluated in August after she turns two years old. The reason for this letter is that after talking to a girlfriend who is a vet she thought that maybe Matty could be somehow useful with autistic kids and I was wondering if there was any way that I could get in contact with the caregivers of this boy to see if I could arrange something where Matty could meet some of these children, if for nothing else but training for her for the therapy dog program.

I am trying to train and get her into all different types of situations in preparation for her evaluation in August and thought this could be very helpful for us. 

Jeanette Palmer

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