Acting on a tip from a local business, Kat Yeung reunited with Saint the surfing dog Friday morning, two days after the water-loving golden retriever vanished from her San Luis Obispo home.
I knew someone had him, Yeung said.
Saint, featured in a 2007 Tribune story, can often be seen surfing local beaches. A co-worker gave Yeung the dog when her father was dying of cancer some years ago.
Whenever she took Saint to the beach, the giddy 65-pound dog wanted to do whatever Yeung did.
And because Yeung liked to surf, Saint wanted in the water as well. So, Yeung eventually got the dog a board and shoved him into some waves. Before long, he was hotdogging in the water.
Hes better than me. Thats for sure, Yeung said in 2007. Hell catch waves I cant even catch. Hes gotten barrels. Ive never gotten barrels.
While Saint loves the waves, he doesnt like wind or construction noise both of which were in abundance when he vanished. Saint was probably sleeping outside Yeungs room as he likes to do when he got spooked and wandered off the unfenced property on Tank Farm Road and Broad Street.
Soon, Young and her friends were posting fliers about the missing pooch, who had three identification tags. Yeung also contacted animal services and the San Luis Obispo police.
Two days after Saint disappeared, workers from nearby MindBody reported seeing Saint with a man in the area. When she drove to the location, Yeung said, she instantly recognized the big dog, who immediately came to her when she called.
The man, apparently a homeless person, had a guilty look, she said. He probably wanted to keep Saint for himself.
When she asked the man why he didnt call her about the dog, he said he didnt have access to a phone.
Now back at home, it wont be long before Saint is on a board again.
Now hes super eager to go in the water, Yeung said.