Special Four-Legged Friend Helps Find Lost Horse


WCTV.TV January 26, 2013

TROUBLE+THE+HORSE+PKG.transTallahassee, FL – A lost horse which bolted from its owner on Thursday just minutes before a trail ride was about to start was found today at approximately 1:30pm by Pete, a sharp-nosed Search and Rescue dog. The horse, Poppy, bolted away from the trail head of the St. Marks Trail, crossed Tram Road and headed south.

The owner of the horse, Kimberly Quinlan, called on trail riding friends, law enforcement, members of the Southern Trail Riders club, the Southeast K9 Search and Rescue club, and members of the Big Bend Disaster Animal Response Team to help search the area south of the trail head.

The horse had been lost for 2 days before Pat Simmons, with Southeast K9 Search and Rescue, was able to bring Pete out to track the horse. Volunteer searchers had covered much of the area southwards about a mile in from Tram Road between Rose and the Jefferson County line by Friday evening.

On Saturday morning when the search was taken up again, Quinlan brought the horse’s brush to allow Pete to get the scent. Pete successfully tracked the scent and located the horse about two miles southeast of the trailhead. Poppy was still saddled and quite thirsty but otherwise in good shape.

Pete, a hound, is trained as a Search & Rescue dog but specializes in finding lost pets. This was his first attempt at tracking a horse. Good Dog, Pete!

AUTHOR: Jerry Finch
  • BlessUsAll

    Yay! Pat’s Pete pinpointed Poppy and peace prevails! 🙂

    P.S. to WCTV-TV reporter: A horse is a “who,” not a “which,” no matter what the antiquated style book says!

    January 27, 2013
  • Arlene

    Hehehehe BlessUsAll loved your analogy , yes Pats Pete sure did find Poppy and Peace again Prevailed !!!!!!

    January 27, 2013
  • Margaret Weiss Buell

    thats so wonderful…glad it ended well, animals saving animals, what could be better

    January 27, 2013
  • So very happy that Poppy was found unharmed…and wonderful Pete deserves congratulations on a job well done!

    January 29, 2013