VANCOUVER, Wash. — Beethoven, a 10-year-old seeing eye Lab, was treated to a steak dinner Monday evening after being reunited with his owner Blake Hardin. The pair had been separated since Sunday after Beethoven went missing.
The Alabama native just moved to Vancouver recently to attend the School of Piano Technology for the Blind in the hopes of obtaining training for his new career—tuning pianos.
On Sunday afternoon Beethoven and Hardin were sitting outside together on the front porch of Hardin’s new home. When Hardin went inside to retrieve something he came out to find Beethoven gone. Realizing that Beethoven was not wearing his service vest and his updated ID tags reflecting their new address had not yet arrived, Hardin grew concerned.
He instantly grabbed his cane and walked the streets calling Beethoven’s name. He tried for several hours to locate him, to no avail, returning home fearful for his dog’s safety. Friends sprung into action, putting up posters and taking to social media to get the word out that Beethoven was missing and needed to be found. A local dog tracker offered the services of Willow and Tyler who quickly discovered Beethoven’s scent, but unfortunately lost the trail across the street from where he had spent the night.
It appears that Beethoven had trotted half a mile down the road, finding a family that gave him a warm place to spend the night. They instantly fell in love with the Labrador’s sweet and calm demeanour. Not realizing he was someone’s service dog, they had thoughts of giving him a forever home if his owner could not be found.
On Monday, after seeing the signs and media coverage, neighbors advised them that the dog they’d been caring for was Beethoven. They were trilled to be able to reunite Hardin with his loyal and trusted companion.