A day in the life: Pet Detective

Follow in the footsteps of Karin Goin as she sniffs out clues in search of missing dogs.


Karin Goin is a rare breed — one of fewer than a dozen people in the country who search for lost companion animals. You’d have better luck finding a Golden Retriever who hates to fetch.

The scarcity of pet detectives is unrelated to the demand: Goin (pronounced “go-IN”) says 2.5 million dogs and cats go missing each year. To help shoulder the load, earlier this year Oklahoma-based Goin founded Pet Detectives Inc., a nationwide network of pet detectives.

“It’s like the Pet Rock times 10. People offer to pay any amount of money if I will come and help them search,” says Goin, 49, mother of four. “I get at least two people a day crying hysterically. This is not just about loving dogs and cats. You have to love people, too.”

Goin says almost three-fourths of her cases are resolved, for better or worse, over the phone. The rest of the time, she and her detection dogs travel to the scene to try and track the missing critter. This day in Goin’s life begins in Lubbock, Texas, where she has been searching for a terrier-mix named Remy.

Want to read the full story? Pick up the December 2006 issue of DOG FANCY today.


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