Awwwww: This Pet Yorkie Stayed With a Lost 3-Year-Old Until She Was Found

This past Sunday, when a 3-year-old girl was reported missing from her Missouri home at around 8:30 pm, more than 100 people got involved in the search, using aircraft, law enforcement agencies, and search-and-rescue dogs. As you know, Amber alerts are scary, serious, and go off automatically on most smartphones. Plus, at just 3 years old, any child would naturally be terrified if they found themselves lost, too.


Although the little girl was lost, but she wasn’t alone. She had a tiny protector with her—the family Yorkshire Terrier who refused to leave her side, as reported by Dog Time. The pet Yorkie, named Fat Heath, followed the toddler into a cornfield not too far from her home. But it wasn’t until around 8 am the following morning—about 12 hours after the toddler and her furry friend went missing—that search dogs began to deepen their bellowing barks. In return, they heard teeny yaps, which, thankfully, turned out to be the dog-and-daughter duo.



And in the best news, the girl was entirely unharmed, save for a few mosquito bites. (Which, hey, happen to the best of us.) Goes to show that a dog isn’t just a man’s best friend, but a little girl’s best friend—and hero, too.


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Rachel Zoldan

Rachel Jacoby Zoldan is a freelance writer and editor living in New York City with her husband two cats, Gerry and Cookie. (Who are, yes, named after a film about dogs.)

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