A Deaf and Partially-Blind Senior Dog Protects Lost Toddler for 15 Hours And Helps Rescuers Find Her

There’s a reason dogs are often called “man’s best friend.” These loyal creatures will do anything to protect their owners, even if it means putting their own lives at risk. Dogs are truly devoted animals and always happy to see their owners come home. Here are some heartwarming stories of dogs who went above and beyond to protect their loved ones.

Max, a 17-year-old Australian Blue Heeler mix, didn’t act any different than other dogs. When his toddler daughter Aurora disappeared into Queensland, Australian bush. He tried to track her down by barking until he found her. Despite being unable to hear or see things he went off into the bushland all alone to find the girl.

This is Max. He’s 17 years old, deaf and partially blind

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Three-year-old Aurora had disappeared into the bushland. A search party was soon organized. As over 100 people joined in the search for her

There have been many instances of people going missing in the Australian bushland, so her family was very alarmed. So they had latched upon the idea of organizing a massive search party. They included more than one hundred people in the unified effort. There were police officers as well as her own family and members of their community.

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But what they needed was a dog who was devoted to his family

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Max followed Aurora into the bushland. Aurora was in a wild area when the search party was looking for her. Max stayed with her and kept her safe in the wild.

Searching for Aurora was a 15-hour ordeal, and people had began to losing all hope.

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The search for Aurora continued for hours. After 15 hours, the whole team was losing hope. She had worn thin clothes and the rain had already started.

When she had heard the search party, he led them right back to Aurora and am glad that Aurora was not hurt and was safe. Thanks to in part the very brave Max.

Aurora’s grandmother, Leisa Bennet thought she heard her granddaughter calling her so she followed the sound up the mountain. That’s when she found Max, who she followed right the way to Aurora.

While everyone had been trying to find Aurora, Max was the one who protected her.

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Although he was blind and deaf, he managed to lead some members of the search party to where Aurora was lying exhausted and cold.

Over the course of the 15 hours that Aurora was lost, Max had spent the entire time keeping her safe and warm. He had curled himself around her, making sure she was covered and warm.

The Queensland Police mentions Max on their official Twitter account giving that title of an Honorary Queensland Police Dog.

Max was showered with compliments on the internet. They described Max as someone who had showed bravery and deserved a reward for it. Some of them even wanted an award for him.

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Max was a very courageous rescue doggo who was loyal and smart. He had risked his life on rescuing his little owner and he protected her when she could not defend herself. What an amazing doggo!