Can you recall your first day at work? How did you find it? Were you worried about how it might turn out? Did you make a mistake right away or nail it by doing things correctly the first time?
It had to have been nerve-racking, right?
But don’t blame yourself if you’ve ever felt this way; it’s quite natural.
Imagine all of that, but from the perspective of a dog.
Max is a hero dog, not simply a dog.
Max’s first day on the job in Powys, Wales, turned out to be the most epic first day ever. His first objective, together with his handler, PC Peter Lloyd of the Dyfed-Powys police force, was to locate a missing woman.
When they got the call about the missing woman, Max’s skills were put to the test.
On his first shift, the 2-year-old German Shepard set out to find the mom and her 1-year-old child. There was a lot of ground to travel in order to get to them, but Max showed to be up to the effort.
“The woman hadn’t been seen or spoken to in two days, which was unusual, and her phone wasn’t working, so understandably, worry for her safety was high,” said Jonathan Rees-Jones, the case’s investigator.
He went on to say in his statement:
“The woman’s automobile was swiftly spotted on a hilly route thanks to good teamwork.” Although this provided officers with a starting point for their search, given the length of time she had been missing, there was still a large region to cover.”
It’s time for Max to put his talents as a police dog to the test.
Max was able to take it from there because the cops had a starting point. Despite the fact that he had just recently been licensed, his tracking talents were put to use as he and his handler embarked on a large open area search.
There was a lot of help from all types of search and rescue, but it all came down to Max’s nose, which helped spot a mother and baby waving for help in a ravine.
The search was helped by Brecon Mountain Rescue, an NPAS aircraft, and a variety of other resources, but it all came down to Max in the end.
“After an hour and a half of searching, the mother and child were discovered safe… but freezing.” According to Rees Jones.
The two were examined by paramedics as quickly as possible and have since recovered completely.
“This was a fantastic coordinated effort from everyone involved, I must give a special mention to PC Pete Lloyd and Max, who covered a significant amount of milage in the search on their very first day since completing training together, eventually locating them safe,” the inspector said of his successful team.
This story simply demonstrates the unrivaled search and rescue abilities of canines like Max. All of his training has finally paid off, and he is able to save a mother and her child on his first day of work.
The case is closed! Max, you are an inspiration!
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