Missing Golden Retriever Who Assisted in the Oso Mudslide Has Been Found

Search and rescue dog, Checkers, was found in a nearby swimming pool having possibly rescued another dog.

By | Posted: September 22, 2014, 11 a.m. PST

It's not often that you hear of a search and rescue dog getting lost or wandering away, but Checkers, a Golden Retriever who assisted in the Oslo Mudslide went missing last week. Don't worry, this story ends well and even has an interesting twist.


Checkers was staying with owner Samuel Peterson's father in Snohomish County, WA when she went missing. Within five minutes of being let outside, the well-trained dog was gone. While no one will ever know why Checkers left, it appears she may have been doing what she does best, search and rescue. 

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According to a report by KiroTV.com after seeing posts about Checkers on Facebook, neighbor Donna Waldal, realized she had spotted the Golden Retriever swimming in her pool the morning after she went missing. Outside at 3 a.m. with her family to bury their own dog, Waldal tells KiroTV that they heard noises in the backyard pool. When they went to check it out, they found a wet Corgi shivering on the pool’s ladder and saw Checkers swimming in the pool looking for a way to get out.

Checkers. Photo from Sam Peterson 

While now one saw what happened, Waldal believes that Checkers had helped the Corgi get to the safety of the ladder.

"If we'd have not been up, saying goodbye to our dog and burying her, we'd have never found Checkers and (the) Corgi in time to save them,” Waldal tells KiroTV. 

Checkers is fine and well with only a small sore on her paw. She was reunited with Peterson who is happy to have her safe at home.

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Eileen - 249708   Port Perry, ON

9/23/2014 3:44:56 AM

What a wonderful story!

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