Search Dog Swims to Island to Find Missing Teen


Jackson poses with his successful search-and-rescue team.
Photo courtesy NH Fish and Game

When the K-9 team from New England K-9 Search and Rescue was called in to look for a 16-year-old boy who had gone missing in the wilderness of New Hampshire, Jackson the team’s dog was pressed into service. . .and he performed like a champ. After picking up the boy’s scent on the shore of Island Pond, Jackson did not hesitate: He swam approximately 370 feet to an island, where he discovered young Julian Hofstetter, who was tired and hungry. But Jackson wasn’t done with his heroics. . . .

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