Hero German Shepherd Protects Toddler Lost in the Australian Bush

Dasher remained by the side of young Dante Berry, who spent a rainy night in some
bushes while his family and authorities searched for him.

photo courtesy theaustralian.com.au

A story in today’s The Australian describes a terrifying situation for a family whose two-year-old son disappeared from the front yard Tuesday night. With thunderstorms and rain in the area, it was not a good night for anyone, never mind a toddler, to be out in the elements. After 14 hours, searchers discovered young Dante Berry in some bushes, more than a mile from his home. At his side, watching over him, was the family dog, a German shepherd named Dasher.

“You could just imagine what was going through his little mind – lost (and) dark. Lucky he did have his dog to keep him warm overnight,” [Department of Sustainability and Environment tracker Will ]Hannah said.

Aside from being “grubby” and having some “prickles” in his bare feet, Dante was in good shape. Way to go, Dasher!

Click here for the full story.

Dante wandered more than a mile from his home in southeastern Australia.

photo courtesy theaustralian.com.au

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