It wasn't a very happy Fourth of July for dog owner, Courtney Villalobos, when she received a call from her husband that her service dog, Hero, had gotten out of their yard.
A neighbor informed Villalobos' husband that the gate was open and their dog had escaped, Keloland reported. Every dog owner's worst nightmare was even more upsetting for Villalobos, as Hero is trained to detect her heart condition and get help if needed.
After hearing that Hero was missing around 3 p.m. Villalobos began driving around the area, staying out until 10:30 p.m. searching for her dog.
She used social media and informed reporters that Hero had both a collar and a microchip that could be used to identify him. She also described his unique ears, calling them "huge, bigger than his face."
Luckily, a neighbor who saw the story on Hero contacted Villalobos, saying she thought she had seen him, which helped narrow their search area and find the missing dog, Keloland reported.
Great news for Villalobos and Hero! (who was reported to be OK.)
See Villalobos talk about Hero in the video below.
For more information on what to do if your pet goes missing, check out our tips here.