Two years ago, a young black German Shepherd was discovered abandoned in a wooded area of Washington state, during the late stages of her pregnancy.
She was taken in by the nonprofit organization Useless Bay Sanctuary, founded by Jim Branson. The following day, she gave birth to a single puppy.
Due to the puppy’s smaller size, he was initially named Burrito but was later given the name Tino.
As Tino grew, the shelter founder noticed his potential and offered to train him as a search and rescue dog.
During training, Tino quickly showcased his aptitude for the job.
After 16 months of training, Tino joined the “Three Retrievers Lost Pet Rescue” team, which included Jim Branson, and focused on locating lost pets.
Recently, the team received a call about the disappearance of an 11-year-old Pyrenean mountain dog named Pappy during a horse ride in a natural area.
Initially, volunteers conducted search efforts, but the forest was vast, and Pappy remained elusive.
On the second day, accompanied by Pappy’s owner, Jim Branson and Tino entered the forest to commence their search.
After approximately an hour and a half, the owner led them to the spot where he had last seen Pappy.
Tino was given a cloth that Pappy had been playing with, allowing him to pick up the scent and swiftly track the dog’s trail.
For about 45 minutes, Tino followed the trail, maneuvering over fallen trees and through thick vegetation.
Eventually, he reached a swampy area with mud and energetically barked, indicating a significant discovery.
Following Tino into the thicket, Jim Branson and Pappy’s owner spotted movement in the mud—a white dog stuck on all fours.
It was Pappy, the missing dog!
However, the challenge remained: extracting Pappy from the mud.
Using several straps tied around his body and placing branches and logs beneath his paws, they successfully pulled Pappy out of the swamp.
Exhausted, Pappy could barely stand on his own. He was transported home in an ATV trailer driven by his owner.
Throughout the entire ordeal, Tino proudly sat by their side, listening to the praises bestowed upon him and relishing in the knowledge that he had executed his duties admirably.