Letter: Miniature schnauzer finds lost boy on Ladner trail


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.

article continues below

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

Read Related Topics

© Delta Optimist


NOTE: To post a comment you must have an account with at least one of the following services: Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ You may then login using your account credentials for that service. If you do not already have an account you may register a new profile with Disqus by first clicking the "Post as" button and then the link: "Don't have one? Register a new profile".

The Delta Optimist welcomes your opinions and comments. We do not allow personal attacks, offensive language or unsubstantiated allegations. We reserve the right to edit comments for length, style, legality and taste and reproduce them in print, electronic or otherwise. For further information, please contact the editor or publisher, or see our Terms and Conditions.

comments powered by Disqus

    Subscription Club: $5/month or $50/year - Receive monthly deals from local merchants.

Opinion POLL

What are you doing more of while stuck at home?

or  view results