A MOUNTAIN rescue team has had one of its most rewarding missions yet – finding their own rescue dog who went missing.
Buddy (pictured below), a highly-trained black-and-white collie, went missing while out walking with handler Pete Brow on Iskaheen Mountain near Muff, Co Donegal, on Saturday.
There were fears for the four-year-old dog's safety when a search of the area failed to recover him that day.
The Donegal Mountain Rescue Team scrambled a team on to the mountain at first light yesterday and at least 24 people were involved in the search.
However, after two hours combing the area one of the searchers turned around – to find Buddy walking behind the group. One of the team, Joseph Brennan, said they were delighted.
"Things looked a little grim when we couldn't find him after a full day on Saturday. But we were delighted that he found us on Sunday morning.
"Funding is always very tight and it costs a lot of money to train a dog like Buddy.
"We're just delighted he was found safe and well and can continue as an important part of our team," he said.