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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