This is one very good dog.
Max, a 17-year-old Blue Heeler, may be deaf, partially blind, and getting on in his years, but that didn’t stop him from playing the role of loving companion and hero to a lost three-year-old girl in Queensland, Australia.
According to ABC Brisbane, Aurora was first reported missing on Friday after apparently wandering away from her grandmother’s house. Rescuers, including the local police and volunteers, searched the surrounding bushland throughout the night, but were unable to find her.
On Saturday, however, they had better luck. Leisa Bennett, Aurora’s grandmother, was with a group of searchers when they heard the girl’s voice.
“I shot up the mountain,” Bennett told ABC Brisbane, “and when I got to the top, the dog came to me and led me straight to her.”
Max had apparently spent the rainy night with Aurora on top of a mountain.
“The area around the house is quite mountainous and is very inhospitable terrain to go walking in,” Bennett’s partner Kelly Benston told the news channel, “so she’d travelled quite a distance with her dog that was quite loyal to her.”
Thankfully, other than a few scrapes and bruises, Aurora is in good health.
And Max? Well, he’s now an honorary police dog.
Good boy, Max. Good boy.