A 17-Year-Old Deaf and Blind Dog Helps Rescue Lost Toddler and Now We’re Crying

posted: 04/27/18
by: Amanda Mushro

A 17-year-old-dog named Max is officially getting the title of man's best friend after protecting a lost little girl. Even though Max is blind and partially deaf, he still fulfilled his dog duties and is being hailed a hero in a story that could turn even proudest cat lover over to team dog.

According to ABC in Australia, 3-year-old Aurora was reported missing after wandering off on her family's rural property in Queensland, Australia. The property, which includes rugged bushland, steep slopes and several dangerous dams, is clearly not toddler-friendly. However, her trusty pooch followed her and kept a close watch over the little girl, even overnight.

Once the child was reported missing, 100 police officers and volunteers created search parties for the little girl, but the rugged terrain made it difficult to find Aurora.

"The area around the house is quite mountainous and is very inhospitable terrain to go walking in, so she'd travelled quite a distance with her dog that was quite loyal to her," said SES area controller Ian Phipps. "The search was actually quite hard where the volunteers and the police were, amongst the very steep slopes full of lantana and other vegetation."

Aurora and Max spent the night outside in the rain, with temperatures dropping below 60 degrees. In the morning, the search resumed and Aurora's grandmother, Leisa Bennett, said she heard Aurora crying at the top of a mountain.

That's when Max made his way down the mountain to Aurora's grandmother and then led her straight to the little girl.

Aurora and her dog were found about a mile from their home and her parents report she is safe and back home. As for Max, he was made an honorary police dog by the Queensland Police Service and the pictures of Max next to the police vechiles make us see dog emojis with heart eyes.