PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. - The mother of a young boy has a police dog in Prince George, B.C., to thank for tracking her five-year-old — or she could have waited until naptime was over.

The anxious mom called police when she couldn't find her son and concern grew as three RCMP officers unsuccessfully searched the home in the north central B.C. city, even moving a large dresser to check for the boy.

That's when Astro, the police service dog, and his handler, arrived at the scene, searched the perimeter of the home and then moved inside, where the dog almost immediately began indicating that someone was in the child's room.

Prince George RCMP Cpl. Craig Douglass says Astro focused on the same six-drawer dresser that had already been moved by officers, but instead of signalling behind or under the furniture, the dog stuck its head in one of the drawers.

Since there was still no sign of the youngster, the handler began to remove the drawers, quickly revealing that the boy had climbed into the dresser and was snoozing under the drawers.

Douglass says Astro is very good at playing hide and seek, while the five-year-old obviously excels at sleeping soundly.

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