When a former policeman set up his own pet detective agency to find missing moggies, he soon realised he needed a partner.
So Colin Butcher teamed up with an unloved rescue dog – and the duo have been sniffing out trouble ever since.
Colin said: “I love animals. My journey from police officer to private sleuth and pet detective has been an incredibly rewarding experience.”
He switched his attention to lost pets and their distressed owners following high-ranking careers with the Royal Navy and Surrey Police.
And he says he owes many of his successes to the sharp nose of cocker spaniel Molly.
Now their story has been told in a new book, Molly and Me.
Mysteries solved by the Pet Detectives Agency include Simba the ginger tom who was catnapped in Devon.
A treasure trove of jewels hidden in a North London wood also features in the book.
Colin had a vast body of experience in sleuthing but Molly had to undergo scent-recognition training with the charity Medical Detection Dogs.
She is given a sample of a missing cat’s hair to identify the scent and waits for the instruction from Colin: “Seek, seek.”
Speaking of their first success, finding a lost cat called Rusty, Colin, from Guildford, said: “I jumped into the air and yelled, ‘Yes!’ We both cavorted around the field like a pair of mad march hares.
“Without Molly none of this would havehappened. She tests me, always surprises me and never lets me down. She is one in a million.”
- Molly and Me by Colin Butcher is out now
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