A three-year-old goldendoodle named Scout was reunited with his Whistler owner today, three weeks after he disappeared in the woods.
“I just want to thank everyone who was hopeful the whole time,” said Kate O’Sullivan.
“I had lost hope.”
Scout was on a trail north of Whistler with dog walkers on February 5 when he ran off from Soo River Road. O’Sullivan had just arrived in Hawaii for a vacation – but immediately booked a flight back to Whistler and began a herculean search effort.
“We hired bloodhounds, we hired a helicopter, we tried everything, and in the end we were putting up posters and spreading the word everywhere,” she said.
O’Sullivan spent over $5,000 of her own money, and over $7,000 was raised on a GoFundMe page. But despite plenty of leads, Scout was still missing.
“I had put his toys away, put his dog dishes away. I felt where he was lost, it was too much to expect to find him after a certain point.”
But today, a woman spotted Scout near the side of the road, just south of Pemberton. Hours later, O’Sullivan and Scout were reconnected – O’Sullivan forever thankful for the support she received in the search.
“He’s very very skinny, and his feet are raw, but I think he’ll be okay,” she said.
“It’s amazing. He’s my best friend.”