Who needs an old dog to learn new tricks, anyway? Max, a 17-year-old blue heeler who hails from Queensland, Australia, recently made his family and local authorities proud by protecting his lost 3-year-old human relative.
Last Friday, a little girl named Aurora wandered off more than a mile from home in “rugged bushland,” but luckily she wasn’t alone. Her dog, deaf and partially blind though he may be, was determined to keep track of his mini human family member, reports ABC News.
“The area around the house is quite mountainous and is very inhospitable terrain to go walking in, so she’d traveled quite a distance with her dog that was quite loyal to her,” said Ian Phipps, a State Emergency Service area controller, told ABC News.
Over 100 State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers, police and members of the public helped search for Aurora and Max, but ultimately the girl’s grandmother Leisa Bennett encountered the dog at the top of a steep mountain. He then led the woman to her grandchild, facilitating their reunion, which was full of happy tears.
“It could have gone any of 100 ways, but she’s here, she’s alive, she’s well and it’s a great outcome for our family,” said Ms. Bennett.
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Despite a few minor cuts and abrasions, Aurora was found in good shape considering her ordeal, the terrain and inclement weather.
As for the heroic Max, he has been declared an honorary police dog by the Queensland authorities. Such a good boy!