Dogs are known to be man’s best friend, but sometimes, a man can be a dog’s best friend as well — especially if that man can pilot a drone.
When a 16-month-old pale-coated golden retriever named Meadow went missing in a wooded area near her home in upstate New York, hiking guide and experienced drone pilot Brian James came to the rescue.
Meadow’s pet parents, Gary and Debbie Morgan, put up reward posters detailing their missing dog’s plight. Even though he’d never met the couple, James felt compelled to help in the search. He knew that with wintry weather likely to hit at any moment, it would be easier to spot Meadow’s near-white fur before snow began to fall.
James set out to look in the area where Meadow had been last seen. Sending his drone aloft, he scanned mile after mile of forested acreage searching for the lost pooch.
The drone’s camera eventually caught sight of her — a tiny dot of white — moving between the trees. Zooming in for a close-up, James knew it was Meadow.
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The sighting confirmed, James quickly drove to the coordinates relayed by the drone. After just a few seconds of hesitation, Meadow ran into her rescuer’s embrace. Although she’d been missing for 10 days, Meadow was unharmed and in tail-wagging good spirits.
The Morgans, who said for them the experience felt akin to losing a child, were thrilled and relieved to be reunited with their beloved pet. Overcome with emotion, the couple fought tears as they recounted the rescue mission.
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“At the last second, he saw a small white dot on the forest floor …” Gary said in an interview with ABC World News Tonight. “[We] are so grateful for Brian for showing up when he did and being able to rescue her, ”said Debbie.
For Brian James, being in the right place at the right time with the appropriate skill set and the right equipment enabled him to give this tale of a lost dog its happy ending. But you don’t need a drone or hiking savvy to save the day. According to the hero of the hour, all it takes is the desire to make a difference.
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Says James, “Everybody’s got the capability to help. You never know what will come of it. “
(WATCH the ABC story about this amazing rescue below.)
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