17-year-old dog loyally stays with age 3 girl lost in woods for more than 15 hours

We see over and over stories of animal heroes who protect human beings and their offspring. Recently a blue heeler named Max in Australia guarded his beloved three-year-old companion when she wandered away from her home in the Australian Brush.

When little Aurora wandered away from her grandmother’s home, she apparently didn’t go alone. Max followed her and stayed with her the entire time, and it turned into an overnight harrowing experience.

On a Friday afternoon at 3:00 p.m., Aurora was reported missing. An initial search of the hills and woodlands surrounding the woodland area found no trace of Aurora. And then the weather got bad and started to rain.

The search began again on Saturday morning, and it was at 8:00 a.m. that they found Aurora being carefully guarded by Max.

Aurora’s grandmother, Leisa Bennett, heard Aurora faintly from a mountaintop about two kilometers (1.24 miles) from the house.

“SHE FOUND THE DOG FIRST. MAX LED HER TO AURORA,” LEISA’S PARTNER SAID.

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Leisa said it was an emotional reunion with “a lot of tears.”

“WHEN I HEARD HER YELL ‘GRAMMY’ I KNEW IT WAS HER,” SHE SAID. “I SHOT UP THE MOUNTAIN … AND WHEN I GOT TO THE TOP, THE DOG CAME TO ME AND LED ME STRAIGHT TO HER.”

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