What A Terrier
Question: what did a pet dog do that 20 police officers and a helicopter could not? Answer: find an elderly woman who had been missing for 14 hours. According to the owners of Flash, a Patterdale Terrier, the ten month old likes being outdoors and it is just as well he does as after joining in the search for the woman he found her next to a hedge near his home in Barmpton, Darlington. Sgt Barry Evans from Durham Police picks up the story: “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. 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 pooch’s owner, a Mr Elijah Wood, believes Flash did more than just find the woman, as he explains, “We have a smallholding and he often wanders by himself but we noticed he went missing on the night and returned the next morning. We only realised what he’d done after speaking to neighbours and police. 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.” Bet they were happy to have Flash back.