Elderly dog keeps lost Australian toddler safe overnight

Elderly dog keeps lost Australian toddler safe overnight

Max the dog, a 19-year-old blue heeler, is deaf and partially blind, the West Australian reported, but that did not keep him from protecting the toddler who became lost Friday after wandering away from her family's property.

Three-year-old Aurora Kyle went missing at 3pm yesterday, and spent all night huddled up with the partially-blind and deaf Max for warmth and comfort.

In fact, Max was that much of a good boy that he has been made an honorary police dog by Queensland police.

For his good work in keeping the little girl safe, Max has now been declared an honorary police dog.

The girl suffered minor cuts and abrasions but was well otherwise, Phipps stated.

EARLIER: A fearless and "adventurous" three-year-old was found "covered in burs" in dense scrub on a mountain-top, where she spent the night with her grandfather's dog.

Kelly Benston, the partner of Aurora's grandmother Leisa Marie Bennett, described the moment the three-year-old was found in a post on Facebook.

The kid, Aurora, went missing April 20 at around 3 pm, after she wandered off on her own, More than 100 State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers started looking for the child on April 21.


The search party had been temporarily suspended at 1:30am on Saturday morning and commenced again at sunrise. She heard her voice calling out "Grammy", and she just knew it was her, for sure.

Needless to say, the family didn't get much sleep.

Aurora's grandmother, Leisa Bennett, spoke about her emotional reunion with her lost grandchild.

This is not the first time a heroic dog has been in the news for saving a young child. "Max led her to Aurora", he said of Bennett.

"You watch SES and police leave and you think, "Oh my god she's out there in the dark, a three-year-old", Ms Bennett said.

"So she'd travelled quite a distance with her dog that was quite loyal to her".

The entire family has expressed its gratitude for the support from people around the district, who dropped everything to come and help in the search.

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