Missing Guide Dog Returned to Blind Owner

Blake Hardin, 28, recently moved from Alabama to Vancouver to learn to tune pianos for a living at the School of Piano Technology for the Blind. Hardin, who was born blind, gets around with the help of a guide dog, a yellow Labrador Retriever named Beethoven. On Sunday afternoon, the two were sitting on their front porch when Hardin briefly went indoors to get something. When he came back, Beethoven, who wasn’t wearing his vest or tags, had disappeared. Hardin had ordered Beethoven tags with his new address, but they hadn’t arrived yet. Hardin used his cane to search the neighborhood, calling his dog’s name, but couldn’t find him. On Monday morning, a dog tracking company offered to help look for Beethoven, and got pretty close to him. But in the end, it was Facebook that helped reunite Hardin and his guide dog. A family who lives half a mile away had found Beethoven on their front porch overnight and took him in. "They wanted to keep him because he’s such a good dog," Hardin said after meeting the family who rescued his dog. "But obviously they were happy to give him back when they learned about me on Facebook." Hardin said he won’t be letting his Lab out of the house again without his vest and tags. — Read it at Portland’s KGW


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