Boy Survives 14 Hours in Freezing Cold Thanks to His Dog

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dogIf you are not already a dog lover, you will be after reading this. We've all heard those amazing stories of a pet rescuing an owner or warning him about a fire or impending health issue. This one is just as miraculous -- maybe even more so since the person that the pet saved was so young. As 7-year-old Dominic Jeffries walked his dog near his Cordovva, Tennessee home, something awful and unexpected happened to the small child.

The little boy got lost, then accidentally fell down the side of a retainer wall. The crevice he found himself in was so deep, he could not climb out. Dominic was missing for 14 harrowing hours. Needless to say, his family feared the worst. "That was the worst 14 and a half hours of my life," said his mom. 

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He and his dog Cocoa were stuck there overnight in the cold. How were they able to survive? They cuddled up to each other for warmth. It's a heartwarming picture. In fact, Dominic was so worried about his dog, he took his coat off to cover the cute pooch. So sweet. Here is this small, frightened child and his dog, clinging to each other for dear life. It's amazing they were able to survive.

All the while, friends and neighbors were searching through the night but they could not see him. At one point, Dominic says that he saw blue police lights but he was afraid to yell out because he thought they meant he was in trouble. Oh, the mind of a child. He was suffering, but still feared punishment. Eventually an officer did spot Dominic and they were saved.

All of this just goes to show that dogs are so much more than pets. I often get criticized or teased by friends and in-laws for referring to my 9-year-old Shih Tsu as my "other son." Some people just can't understand how much we care for him. But our dogs are capable of so much more than a game of fetch. They can be lifesavers.

Has your dog ever done something amazing? If so, please share?


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nonmember avatar Foster

Maybe I'm just really sensitive but I lost it when I read "he took his coat off to wrap around his dog". So glad they both made it home safe.

Freela Freela

What a relief that they were both okay!  And both looking out for each other, apparently!


My childhood dog woke my grandparents up when their chimney got blocked, and their cottage was filling up with smoke from the gas stove.  She also helped my parents get out of the woods when they got disoriented in the woods at the cottage.  Obviously the dog was much safer at the cottage than we were without her!  She was a good dog.  I miss her.

Madam... MadameGarlic

Me, too. What a nice boy. Very appealing- he could be on TV. And bless Ms. Manning for taking care of these two little sweethearts.

nonmember avatar Ellen

My husband is an epileptic, my dog knows 5 minutes before he goes into a seizure, clings to his side and stays there until it is over. Luckily it doesn't happen often, but we always have advanced warning when it does. Good dog!

nonmember avatar darling

When I was growing up we had a black lab that came to us as a stray. One night, she jumped on my bed and wouldn't stop whining. She then would run to my mother's door and dig at it while whining. After a few minutes of watching her like she'd gone crazy, my mom and I figured it out. The smoke alarm batteries were dying so it was beeping every few minutes. She was trying to save us from a fire that wasn't even there.

nonmember avatar krystal

Glad he made it home but why was a 7 year old out walking his dog alone in the first place.

brjda... brjdaniels

Krystal they said the neighborhood. I should hope at 7 my child can walk around our neighborhood.

Kel Russell

What worries me is the fact that he didn't call out for help to the police because he thought he'd be in trouble, rather than knowing the police were there to help him in a situation like this.


It's great he had the dog, but too many children are taught the cops will come and get them if they do something wrong, rather than telling children that the police are there to help them if they're in trouble.

trixi... trixie_gurl07

I agree with the previous comment. Why would a 7 year old be left outside to walk the dog by himself?

trixi... trixie_gurl07

A 10 year old girl was abducted yesterday in her safe and good neighborhood in Springfield mo. Her body was found early this morning. So no, your neighborhood, my neighborhood, or any for that matter are not "safe" enough to let young children run about unattended. Thank god this sweet boy was found alive and foul play was not involved. My son plays outside, with me or my husband watching and being outside with him.

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