When a toddler named Aurora disappeared into the Australian Bushland, a blue heeler named Max not only kept her safe, but also lead emergency services to the missing child.
As if that wasn’t impressive enough, Max is 17-years-old, deaf and partially blind. For his heroic efforts in keeping Aurora safe, Max was awarded police honors.
On Friday, April 20th, Aurora left her home in Queensland and wandered into the bushland and ended up more than a mile away from her family. To make matters even worse, it rained all night while Aurora was on her own in the wild. Luckily, Max stayed by her side to keep her warm and protect her through the night.
Saturday morning, after Aurora and Max had spent over 15 hours in the wilderness, Max was able to lead family and rescuers to the missing toddler.
“Leisa (the child’s grandmother) heard Aurora’s voice, found Max first, and then Max led her to Aurora,” said Kelly Benston, Leisa’s partner.
After learning of Max’s loyalty, sacrifice, and efforts to protect the young girl, the Queensland police decided to make him one of their own.
A Facebook post from the department read, “SUCH A GOOD BOY MAX!” The post included a photo of the pooch and a heartfelt message which read. “For keeping her safe until she was found, you’re now an honorary police dog!”
Aurora was fortunate that she had only suffered a few minor scratches. Her family was extremely relieved to find her in good health. Thanks to Max, rescuers found her about 2 kilometers away from the family’s home
“The area around the house is quite mountainous and is very inhospitable terrain to go walking in, so she’d traveled quite a distance with her dog that was quite loyal to her,” said Ian Phipps, emergency services coordinator.