“I gave him a cuddle and we had a big play. I was just lost for words.”
Thames, a three-year-old German Shepherd, went missing during an investigation and rescue in New Zealand’s Tararua chains. He spent seven days and nights alone in the mountains as New Zealand police were eagerly searching for their missing companion.
On Sunday, Thames was finally reunited with his leader, Officer Mike Wakefield, after a six-person rescue team sent a bent search for him, found a fresh paw print in the mud and tracked him down.
Although police dogs were trained to calm down, Thames couldn’t contain his luck, he jumped on his handler and licked him, as shown during a video released by New Zealand police.
Wakefield was equally relieved. “He’s pretty happy to ascertain me,” he says within the video, holding Thames back from knocking him over. “I’m pretty happy to ascertain him.” “He wolfed down half my salami which may be a treat for him,” Wakefield said during a release. “I gave him a cuddle and that we had an enormous play. i used to be just lost for words.”