Banjo, a 9-month-old German Pointer residing in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada with his owner, is a remarkable dog with an exceptional sense of smell. Little did they know that this extraordinary skill would lead to the rescue of another person’s life.
A few days ago, while Banjo and his owner, Kerry, were enjoying a cross-country skiing adventure near their home, Banjo’s keen senses detected an unusual scent. As they approached a wooded area, Kerry felt a presence hiding within. Drawing nearer, a golden, fluffy head suddenly emerged from the snow.
It was clear that the dog had dug a snow tunnel and sought refuge there for several days. At first, the frightened dog only allowed Banjo to approach. When Kerry’s attempts to reach the scared dog failed, he contacted local animal control, who helped reunite the dog with his distraught family.
Describing the emotional moment, Kerry said, “He only started moving when I placed his owner on speakerphone. With some snacks, I was able to lure him out of t he trees, but he still wouldn’t let me get too close.”
The missing dog, Louie, had disappeared from a dog park a few days earlier, and heavy snowfall had made it impossible to locate him initially.
Upon receiving the news that Louie had been found, his owner was with a search party. She rushed through knee-deep snow for over half an hour, her face filled with anxiety, which transformed into pure joy as Louie spotted her.
This heartwarming reunion deeply moved Kerry, who could relate to the emotions involved, having experienced a similar situation when Banjo was lost in August. The gathering was filled with Louie’s friends, Julia’s joyful laughter and tears, a wagging tail, and a very happy and hungry Louie.
Thanks to Banjo’s remarkable sense of smell, Louie was reunited with his family just in time for the holidays. Kerry shared, “In the car, they had some food for him. And to celebrate, I gave Julia some extra treats and a beer.”