Meet Max, a deaf and partially blind pup who has recently gained a new title: Hero.
The 17-year-old Blue Heeler from Australia is being applauded for spending more than 15 hours in a rough and stony woodland, on a rainy night, with Aurora, a lost 3-year-old girl.
The little girl was reported missing at 3 pm on Friday after she wandered around the area on her own but ended up losing her way. Her family looked for her in the rural property, but she was nowhere to be found
By Saturday morning, a search party was formed and began chasing after Aurora, as more than a hundred volunteers, police and members of the public participated.
Leisa Bennett, Aurora’s grandmother, revealed that she heard her granddaughter’s voice coming from the mountain and headed toward it, and that is where she found Max. She said that after he came to her, he led her straight to the missing child.
She was found Saturday morning at around 8 am, nearly a mile and a half away from her house. After examining her, she seemed to suffer from minor cuts and grazes.
Thankfully, her loyal dog was with her all along. The area around her home is a mountainous one and quite unwelcoming to go walking in, so apparently, Aurora and Max had to travel quite a distance and it could have gotten worse, especially with the cold rainy weather.
Bennett described the reunion as emotional and overwhelming, and how could it not be! We are all grateful for this outcome as much they are.
More amazingly, Max’s courageous and tenacious efforts have earned him a very much deserved spot as an honorary police dog.