DOG lover Jenny Brown and her two talented Beagles Tiga and Yogi have helped trace 150 missing pets.
Kind hearted Jenny began searching five years ago after seeing an appeal in a Beagle owners group about a dog who had vanished.
Beagles have exceptional noses and she knew Tiga had such a fantastic sense of smell that he would be able to help and travelled from her home in Kent to Ipswich to find the pooch.
Jenny, 59, said: “I thought about how upsetting it must be for the owner and decided there and then I wanted to help. We finally found the dog in Derby!
“I’d read a lot of books to learn how to track dogs and each time I ask for an item of clothing, a toy, blanket or something with their scent and then give it to the dogs to sniff and off we go.
“I have a harness where I’m attached to them at all times and they simply follow the scent. I don’t charge people – our reward is finding the dog.”
As a former high jumper and keen runner, Jenny, who now runs a Canicross shop, is super fit meaning she can be on the move for days.
Her longest hunt began on a Sunday evening and finished at 5am the following Tuesday and she’s found all kinds of dogs, from tiny Chihuahuas to a 16 stone St Bernard.
Owners join Jenny and either Tiga, nine, or Yogi, five, as she searches, so when they find the dog it is a familiar person who retrieves them so they don’t bolt off again.
Sometimes the ending isn’t a happy one, and if a dog has passed away, Tiga jumps up on the owner’s shoulders to give them a hug as if to say sorry.
Jenny said: “It’s upsetting for the dogs as well as the owners but we have many amazing stories where we have found dogs.
“We had one little crossbreed who was 16, blind and had dementia and went missing in a forest. We found him in a hole in the ground 36 hours later.
“Another Jack Russell named Dasher jumped from a horse box on the M4. The police put out a rolling road block and people got out of their cars to try to catch him.
“But eight days later he hadn’t been found. We went with the police to the banks of the motorway to pick up his scent.
“He’d crossed over a bridge and ran through fields to a farm on the other side and we found him sitting in a barn, he was absolutely fine!
“A 79-year-old lady called about her dog who got lost in the snow. It was minus 7 and the dog was missing for eight days. We found him in two hours snuggled under a bush.
“The snow had turned it into an igloo and the dog had been eating snow to stay hydrated.”
Jenny is sponsored by Natures Menu pet food and appeared at Crufts last week sharing the remarkable story of her two dogs.
And while she doesn’t ask for any payment, she says grateful owners can donate to Beagle Welfare where the total stands at nearly £6,000.
Jenny says: “All we want is to reunite dogs with their owners and it’s lovely to be able to do something to support the breed.”
Find out more about her work at www.k9tracker.co.uk and to donate, visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jenny-brown-tiga2run