2-Year-Old Lost in Bitter Cold Woods for Hours Kept Safe by Loyal Dog (VIDEO)

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Peyton MyrickIt was every parent's nightmare. Petyon Myrick, 2, was getting ready to go get a Christmas tree with his grandfather. But when his grandfather turned his back for just a few minutes to put air in the tires of the tractor they were going to drive to get the tree, the boy was gone. Just like that.

According to the ABC-7, the boy had wandered off into the area surrounding his grandparents' home in Clover, South Carolina. The terrain was filled with countless dangers such as a pond and thick woods. His parents immediately feared for the worst.

For four long hours the boy was missing as his parents, nearly 400 volunteers, police, and search helicopters hunted for him. It got dark and cold. "I thought, this isn't going to end good," his mother, Carmen Myrick, told CNN.

The one ray of hope, however, was that his grandpa's dog, Ashapoo, was missing too. Since he was always at the boy's side, they hoped they were together.

So when after hours of searching someone saw a black-and-white dog, Peyton's dad, Rich, said he finally had a ray of hope that things might turn out okay. And fortunately they did. 

According to ABC-7, Ashapoo led rescuers to Peyton, where he had laid down to take a nap in the woods. "He was uninjured, the dog took care of him, came out when he heard noise, and took the people to Peyton. So we're very blessed," Carmen told the station.

"Ash was his guardian angel in fur last night," Rich said.

It's an amazing story right out of a Lassie movie, and thank goodness the boy is okay. To think of what could have happened without the dog there is horrific, and I hope Ashapoo got a very big bone.

We do not have a dog, and stories like these always make me want one. I love them, but just feel like we don't have the time in our lives for one right now. And I just can't get over the thought of having to board it somewhere every time we go out of town.

But each year -- especially around the holidays -- I think about how special those bonds are between children and animals, and I think ... maybe. This story certainly pushes me further in that direction, as I imagine it will for many people who are thinking about how fun a puppy for Christmas would be. Really, how can it not?

ABC-7.com WZVN News for Fort Myers, Cape Coral

Do your children have a special relationship with your dog if you have one? Are you thinking of getting one if you don't have one?


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MomOf... MomOf2AndAZoo

God bless our best friends on four legs happy

Judy Belrose

A homeless dog would be happy to have a loving home..even if he/she should have to vacation at a boarding kennel off and on. If they know you are coming for them they can deal with it. Some dogs are great riders and you may find its more fun to have them come along. BUT .. PLEASE!!! NO PUPPIES FOR CHRISTMAS!! Pets are not gifts they are family members and their adoption needs to be thought of in that manner. Thinking of a pet as a gift sometimes makes them seem disposable..an object .. so many "Christmas puppies" end up in shelters after the holidays. Reasons you say.. I've heard it all.. "he got bigger than I thought", "not house trained", "chews", "too active", "needs to much attention"," cant afford", "sheds", even.. " doesnt match the furniture" Any of these are unacceptable and unforgivable, children don't arrive in this world potty trained, with perfect manners, no expenses and they make messes too.. you don't trade in your kids.. a pet is no different. So by all means.. when you are ready.. do your research.. decide on a pet that will mix well with your lifestyle ( shelter staff is usually great at matchmaking! ) and adopt. Make it a special day just for your family and the new pet .. If you want to have and element of Christmas.. then give the permission to have the pet .. its equipment leashes collars toys bed obedience classes etc but wait for that special day afterwards to select the right new family member. You will ALL be happier for it!

Pinkmani Pinkmani

Simple, watch your kids...

abra819 abra819

Judy, I agree, adopt adopt adopt. Poor grandpa, must have felt awful. This, unfortunately, is why my folks don't watch my kids outside of my or there house. I just can't trust anyone as much as my husband and I. glad he was found safe, and for the dog, you better grill up a big ol' fat steak for that little punkin'!

Amanda Packer Streeter

This story made me tear up, soooooo nice to hear a happy story for once!!! That poor grandpa, he must have fest so terrible, but this kind of thing can happen to ANYONE! while our entire extended family was out camping once, no one noticed when my little cousin wondered off from camp.  My dog, Amber, started freaking out and ran down the road, actually grabbing my cousin's clothes and dragging him off the road, and just in time because no sooner had they moved than a big truck came barreling down the road.  We don't know what could have happened had Amber not got to him in time.  She was a birthday gift when I turned 3 and was my best friend till my sophomore year in high school.  My siblings and I became her puppies and she would have protected us to the death and if ever i found myself sad, she knew, and would come sit with me and let me hug her till I felt better.  I was never alone with her around, and after she had a stroke, i skipped school for a few days and stayed home to cuddle up next to her until she passed.  After her death, we planted a rose in her honor and Its not hard to miss her so bad I start crying.  I want, more than anything, to get a dog for my children that will alter their lives as much as Amber altered mine.  

nonmember avatar Malia

I have a 2 year old son and a 8 month old chihuahua. Those two are inseparable so even sleeps with him. One day I was out back cutting wood and my back yard has no fence and leads to a small park. I had turned away for 2 seconds and my son had wondered off and was getting to close to the street for her liking so she started barking and nipping at his pants until she had a good hold and started pulling on them backwards toward home. It distracted him long enough for me to come get him. And let me tell you I gave him a talking too and so did the dog. The next 2 days she wouldn't even let him go near one of the doors. Their very loyal! Growing up my aunt and uncle had 2 roties and a golden retriever we would to the river with us. In their heads they made an imaginary line and wouldn't let us cross. I got passed the line and got caught in a strong current stinger then a 7 year old could handle. Even though I had a life vest and a rope attached to it held by my mom she wasn't able to react fast enough but the dig strung into action grabbing my life vest and pulling me to sure. I coughed up a little water but then was fine. That invisible line moved up more and they stood next to it so I couldn't try to pull a fast one again.

meaga... meagansmommy07

Our German shepherd is 11 months old and is best friends with my 14 month old DD and my 5 year old DD. He's proven twice now he would protect them with himself. One when my DH came home from work in the middle of the night(he normally comes home in the morning)..the dog stood over the baby and my 5 year old with all the fur on his back standing.up and teeth showing. The next time was when someone pounded.on our door late one night. Again he wasn't concerned of following DH and I to check the door. He stood in the hallway between the rooms were the baby and my 5 year old were sleeping,with his teeth showing, ears down....we always say he's stupid but there's.no doubt.in my mind he would protect my kids if it came down to it.

pupuk... pupukeawahine

Would sometimes see a friend's German Shepherd herd her two little ones back to the middle of the yard when they got too close to the road.  The kids always thought she was just playing with them, but us adults knew that good dog spent the whole time watching the kids.  I had a cat once who would allow my boy to pull her tail and to play roughly with her, and she tolerated it.  This was a cat who would not allow anyone else to even think of doing that.  She seemed to understand he was really little, and indulged him.  So sweet.

Fortu... FortuitousWife

I've been blessed to share my life with Border Collies for over 20 years (Tilly for 16 years, Zara for 7 and counting), so this story is not surprising at all. Border Collies are AMAZING!

Amanda Leigh Hlavacek

This happened to me as a kid as well. I was around 4 (early 80s), was in the backyard playing and managed to get out of the fence. We had a large wooden area behind our house that stretched for 6 blocks back and 8 across. I was missing for 4 hours. My parents, neighbors, police, etc were all out searching for me. My dog (a black lab mix) never left my side. I don't remember this happening, but I have such fond memories of that dog.

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