This is what #Community looks like. Law enforcement, 1st Responders and community volunteers coming together to find a missing child. Her dog stayed by her side all night. #StrongerTogether pic.twitter.com/aIDMtG6JTW
— MSHP Troop E (@MSHPTrooperE) June 15, 2018
When a 3-year-old girl was reported missing from her Missouri home at around 8:30 pm, over 100 people got involved in the search, using aircraft, law enforcement agencies, and search and rescue dogs. The little girl was lost, but she wasn’t alone. She had a tiny protector with her–the family Yorkshire Terrier who refused to leave her side.
The Yorkie, named Fat Heath, followed the toddler into a cornfield less than a quarter mile from where they lived in the town of Qulin. The morning after the two went missing, they still hadn’t been found. A search line was formed to comb the cornfield for the lost girl. Just after 8am, about 12 hours after the girl went missing, search dogs began barking, and they heard tiny, yappy barks in return.
The barks were from Fat Heath, who had stayed by his girl all night. Searchers followed the sounds and found the Yorkie yapping next to the girl, who was unharmed except for several mosquito bites. Fat Heath had watched over her and helped lead searchers right to her. Maybe Fat Heath should be renamed Hero Heath, as this happy ending might not have been possible without him!
Would your dog stick with you if you got lost? Are you happy to see these two safe and sound? Let us know in the comments below!