When it comes to toddlers, it takes mere seconds for them to get into trouble when not under a watchful eye. So it's almost unbearable to think of a 2-year-old alone for 14 hours, outside, in the wilderness, and all of the horrible things that could happen. Fortunately, for little Dante Berry, none of them did happen to him because he had his loyal dog, Dasher, at his side protecting him during the long, frightening ordeal.
According to The Australian, it started around 8:30 p.m. last Tuesday. Dante had been playing in the front yard of his home in Mildura, Australia. His mom discovered he'd gone missing, and after frantically searching for him, authorities were called in and a 100-party search team started looking for the boy.
They continued searching all through the night as thunderstorms shook the area and rain poured down. They traipsed into the Australian bush surrounding the boy's home looking for any sign of his whereabouts. Finally around 8:30 a.m. the next morning, they found the first clue -- the boy's diaper with paw prints on it.
The paw prints were a good sign that Dasher, a German Shepherd, was with the boy, and the diaper helped police hone in on the boy's location. Soon Dasher came bounding up to them barking and took them to the toddler who was wearing only a diaper. They were two miles from Dante's house.
Besides some "grubby" limbs and a bit of dehydration, the boy was astoundingly fine and suffered no injuries, thanks surely in large part to his dog. Not only did the dog likely keep him warm and protect him from any potential predators, he surely was an emotional comfort to the boy as well during that dark, scary night.
What an amazing dog; I hope Dasher gets a big old bone. As for Dante's parents -- who said the boy had a habit of wandering away -- I hope they get a better handle on watching him more closely.
Do your kids have a special relationship with your pets?
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