During Search For Little Girl, Elderly Dog Proves Why He’s Man's Best Friend

Chisom Ndianefo
Blue Heeler Dog
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Dogs are indeed a man's best friend and they never fail to prove it. A 17-year-old blue heeler from Queensland, Australia is our little hero as he led a team straight to the location of a missing toddler after staying up with her for more than 15 hours.

Keep reading for the details.

Aurora Took A 'Trip' With Her Dog

3-year-old Aurora was reported missing shortly after she wandered off into the bushland with her 17-year-old blue heeler and didn't come back. The local police and a team of searchers immediately swung into action, thoroughly combing the area all night long which proved futile.

Aurora Let Out A Scream

Her grandmother Leisa Bennett who stayed with the search party heard Aurora's voice the next day and immediately ran up to the mountain, and when she got to the top, the family dog led her to Aurora.

The Dog Spent The Night With Aurora

The 17-year-old deaf and half-blind dog stayed by her side throughout the cold and rainy night shielding her from the cold.

“He never left her sight. She smelled of dog, she slept with the dog,” Leisa Bennet explained.

Max Got A Heavy Reward

The hero dog named Max was awarded the title of an honorary police dog by the local police for his loyalty and dedication. He also got a shout-out on their Twitter account with sweet comments from loads of Twitter users.

One user commented "Max is awesome!!! We love you for being such a loyal sweet baby."

An Emotional Reunion

Blue Heeler
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Ms. Bennett called it an emotional reunion with lots of tears explaining that Aurora was overwhelmed by her tears and howling but she explained they were "happy tears."

Aurora Suffered Minor Cuts

The toddler came out with a few scratches according to Mr. Phipps and called her "lucky" for surviving the weather as it poured all through the night making it very cold.

"She's a very hardy young lass to survive that without any ill effects and everyone, all the volunteers are extremely happy.

Volunteers Joined From Other Regions

It was a big search party for Aurora as volunteers joined in from all over the region to join the local police and bring her back to the safety of her family.

"They had travelled from all over the region just to do the search and that's one of the things they join the SES for is to look after the community and do these activities ... and bring happiness to a family."

'Blue Heelers'

The dogs are referred to as blue heelers because they bite at the heels of cows they were herding. Blue heelers drive cattle around their living and grazing areas.

Tough Dogs

Dog in the grass
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These herding dogs are well suited to face the challenging weather of Australia and can survive in hot and cold environments.