I was pretty sure their cat was taken by a coyote, but I wasn’t certain. There have been just a couple of times that I thought the cat had been killed, based on trace evidence and Mu’s behavior, but then the cat was found alive and well. I didn’t want to discourage them from looking. Mu and I continued the search, looking for any cat we could find, or remains that could make us more certain of the outcome. We never did find anything. Mu seemed to be slowing down because he was hot. We took a quick break for him to fetch a stick in the creek and cool off, and he seemed to be invigorated by that. I ask a lot of Mu. He likes his job, but it’s a remarkable thing for a dog to remain focused on a task for four hours.