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​The Real  Pet Detectives...

Licensed investigators  specializing in lost dogs

If you have a missing or lost pet, we urge you to make that phone call.

 Call us at 888-569-5775.

"I have lived and loved dogs all my life..." Pat Totillo

After dreaming of working with dogs as a child, in 1982  Pat realized that dream by  entering  the obedience trial world. Over the years she  honed her skills and put  obedience  titles on her dogs.  Due to her training background she was asked to be a puppy raiser for a service dog organization.  After careful consideration, Pat brought home a German shepherd puppy to raise for the organization.  After six months, the puppy was dropped from the program because of his size and high drive.  The organization offered the puppy to Pat.  Because of his exuberant drive, Tobe was a handful… a dog that definitely needed a job.  It was then that Pat and Tobe entered the world of tracking.  At just a year old he achieved his AKC Tracking Title.

In 2002, their partnership evolved and the two began training in search and rescue for missing people. Tobe became Pat’s first SAR dog. The duo quickly learned that the need for recovery dogs was greater than the need for tracking dogs. Pat founded Search and Rescue of Orange City later that year. Over the years Pat and her dogs assisted Law Enforcement Agencies across the country. They were even deployed to Aruba.  In 2010, Tango was added to her K9 team.  The big German shepherd certified in SAR work and like his fellow K9s before him began to work to recover the missing.

From Pat: From what appeared to be a crisis came a new direction. The faltering economy caused the company I had worked for 28 years to go out of business. For the first time in my life, I was unemployed. I decided to take a leap of faith. I knew I was happiest when I was working my dogs so decided I would turn this crisis into an opportunity.  About the same time as my job was ended, I discovered that dogs were being trained to find lost pets. If Tango would agree and could do the work it would be an answer to my prayers.  From day one of his retraining, Tango decided he loved this work!  From that day forward, my K9s began finding missing pets.

In 2014, Pat completed her studies to become a private investigator.  In 2015,  Olivia, a high drive liver bloodhound, was added to the K9 team. Pat and her dynamic team are available to help families and their missing pets in Central Florida. 

The Real Pet Detectives, licensed private investigators with tracking dogs trained to find lost dogs and cats.

Pat Totillo

Private Investigator

K9 Handler

Pat  Totillo


   Licenses, Certifications & Subjects of Special Study

  • ​Licensed Private Investigator State of Florida  # C1700061  #A 1700050
  • AKC Canine CGC Evaluator

  • NASAR Evaluator for Human Remains Detection – Land and Water

  • NASAR Evaluator for SARTECH II and SARTECH III
  • NASAR FUNSAR and ISAR Instructor
  • NASAR Certification Evaluator/Lead Evaluator Workshops
  • N-SDA Evaluator for Human Remains Detection – Land and Water
  • Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA) 
  • Certified K9s thru NASAR, N-SDA, LETS, NNDDA , NOCDS and NAPWDA 
  • NASAR Managing Lost Person Incident
  • Crime Scene Preservation
  • First Responder – CPR – Bloodbourne Pathogens – Hazmat Awareness
  • Air Force Rescue Coordination Center – Search Management Course
  • Volusia Co Fire Services Community Emergency Response Team


  • Canine Search & Recovery Seminar - Alabama
  • Special Response Team Training – Orlando

  • Understanding K9 Behavior – Orlando

  • Office of Homeland Security Georgia Emergency Management Agency Rescue Specialist – Georgia

  • National Network of Canine Detection Services - Mississippi

  • Brevard Co Sheriff’s Office Cadaver Seminar - Titusville

  • North America Police Working Dog Assoc. K9 Handling & Training – Perry Fl.

  • Search & Rescue of Central Florida Tracking Seminar - Orlando

  • The Florida Public Safety Institute Annual Bloodhound Scent Tracking Seminar - Tallahassee

    Instructor at various seminars for National Search    Dog  Assoc., South West Panhandle Search & Rescue,  Gateway  Search Dogs, North Carolina K9  Emergency  Response  Team, Sarasota K-9 Search & Rescue Team, First    Response Team Tallahassee and Community United Effort   (CUE)