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This Hero Dog Stayed By a Missing Toddler's Side Until He Was Found

Country Living logo Country Living 10/10/2017 Courtney Campbell

Family Dog Protects Mississippi Toddler After He Went Missing from His Bed © Twitter/Hugh Keeton Family Dog Protects Mississippi Toddler After He Went Missing from His Bed On Tuesday morning in Saucier, Mississippi, the parents of William Odom, 2, awoke to find him missing from the bed he had been sleeping in the night before. Obviously worried for his safety, his parents, along with their neighbors and the Harrison County Sheriff's Department, formed a search party to look for the toddler, according to People.

Luckily William, who is reportedly being tested for autism, was found later that afternoon in a non-working truck about a quarter-mile from his home by Blake Carroll, 10, who heard the truck's horn beeping as he was getting off the school bus, according to WLOX News. Blake's uncle was able to get William out of the car and back to his family. "They got my baby," Chelsea Nobel, William's mother, told WLOX. "That's all I could think of is that they got my baby."

But William wasn't found alone--the family's pet dog was by his side the entire time. Authorities believe that the toddler wandered off on his own, but he was lucky that man's best friend was there by his side to protect him from harm.

"Every time we found his footprint, we found the dog footprint right beside him. So the dog traveled with him all day," Harrison County Sheriff Troy Peterson told WLOX News. "When the little boy was found the dog was still circling the truck and scratching on the truck."

"It's an amazing story," Peterson told WLOX. "We're very thankful that he is in good health. And we brought him home to his family."

WLOX News Now reporter Hugh Keeton shared a Facebook Live video from the scene where William was found:

(h/t People)

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