A routine rescue drill for one three-year-old police dog turned into an ugly reality when the pup went missing, prompting a weeklong search. A team of six trained rescuers went looking for signs of the German Shepherd in the New Zealand wilderness for seven days and nights, while the brave pooch managed to forage for himself.
Thames was reunited with his handler, Mike Wakefield, after the team spotted some fresh paw prints in the mud. Watch the happy reunion below!
After Thames shared some salami with Wakefield, he was healthy enough to trek out of the woods and meet the press, friends, and family. He’ll get a checkup with his vet, just in case, and then he’ll have some much-deserved time off. Rest up, pup!