This Mountie always gets his toddler
Kamloops RCMP Const. Dave Lewis and police-service dog Zak were heroes on the weekend when they found a missing toddler who had wandered into the hills of Kenna Cartwright Park.
Zak didn’t take long to find the youngster asleep in the Dufferin park after wandering from a backyard.
On Sunday, March 27, a Vancouver family arrived in Kamloops to visit friends at the house in Dufferin. Their two children — ages 21 months and four years — went into the backyard of the home to play.
At some point, police say, the younger brother wandered off into the woods adjacent to the home. Police were called at about 9 p.m.
Kamloops RCMP Staff Sgt. Grant Learned said Zak found the toddler — who had fallen asleep — about 100 yards from the home.
“He had been properly dressed before he went out and wandered up there and fell asleep,” Learned said.
Lewis said Zak — a two-year-old German shepherd who graduated from training just six months ago — is a wonderful partner.
“He’s an amazing dog. He’s got a high drive. He loves his job and he’s a pleasure to work with.
“He loves searching, so when I asked him to search the area for the toddler, he was ready to go.”