The rescue duo was searching a steep slope for a skier who’d triggered an avalanche near Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Details were vague, and the search site was massive: over two football fields wide.
Suddenly, a sign: Tremper caught a scent of the skier buried 8 to 10 feet in the snow, twice the depth he trains for. The golden retriever’s head snapped down, tail helicoptered, and he started digging.
“He knew somebody was buried there,” Andrew says. “He has this nose to find somebody buried in 10 feet of snow … I mean, he’s totally a hero.”