A loyal dog named Daisy has been credited with helping search and rescue teams locate the body of a hiker in Washington State.
The Pierce Country Sheriff’s Department reported about the incident via Facebook post.
According to the Sheriff’s Department, the 64-year old man’s concerned wife alerted them when he did not return from a hike on Wednesday.
His wife said it was common for him and his dog, Daisy, to go hiking together; but she was alarmed when he did not return before dark. He had not left a note or anything to let his wife know where he had gone hiking to, so she had very little information to go on.
Search and rescue teams began looking at daybreak on Thursday, eventually finding his car and a list of geocaching sites inside.
The team used that list to create potential search area maps, but in the end, it was Daisy who led them to him.
Daisy, near the site her owner’s body was found.
As one of the team members was searching his assigned location, he heard repeated barking. The team member decided to follow the sound, and glimpsed a dog matching the description given by the hiker’s wife of their dog, Daisy.
It took that team member an additional 30 minutes to hike up a steep embankment to where Daisy was positioned.
When he did, he discovered the body of the missing hiker. It is currently believed the man fell, and died due to injuries he sustained.
Daisy never left his side, which is what the team says allowed them to find him.
They were in the right area, but they could not have seen his body position were it not for the dog.
“This was a very sad end to a tough search, but we are incredibly proud of our deputies and the volunteers efforts to find the missing man and return him to his family. Without the barking of his loyal companion Daisy, we never would have located the missing man. It was amazing.”
Nine volunteers from Tacoma Mountain Rescue needed to set up a rope system to move the man from where he was found. Daisy, her job complete, was returned home safely and without incident.
The Facebook post includes some images of the area, the search and rescue team, and Daisy. Out of respect, no images of the hiker were included. It is everyone’s hope that the post raises awareness of the potential dangers of hiking alone — as well as the incredible work these search and rescue teams do.
And, of course, the incredible loyalty that dogs like Daisy are capable of.
Comments came pouring in to send condolences to the family and praise Daisy for a job well done.
Good girl, Daisy. Very good girl. Our condolences to the hiker’s friends, family and loved ones.