Stories of Good Boy and Good Girl doggos flood the internet. That's why it's so unbelievably special when one really stands out from the crowd. The story of Max the Dog is one of those stories.
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Max is an elderly (17 years old!!) blue heeler from Australia who, in spite being deaf and partially blind, went the extra mile to protect a lost toddler. The 3-year-old girl, Aurora, was lost in the bush for 15 hours overnight, but Max protected her while rescue workers searched.
According to ABC Australia, Aurora wandered off on her own around 3 p.m. on Friday and wasn't found until 8 a.m. the next morning, being watched over by Max. More than 100 State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers, police, and members of the public participated in the search.
When a relative heard Aurora in the distance but couldn't find her, Max rushed out to find the rescuers and then led them back to the girl.
"She found the dog first. Max led her to Aurora," Kelly Benston, the partner of Aurora's grandmother, Leisa Bennett, said.
"I shot up the mountain ... and when I got to the top, the dog came to me and led me straight to her," Bennet confirmed.
"SUCH A GOOD BOY, MAX!" The Queensland Police wrote on Twitter. "He stayed with his 3-year-old human who was lost near Warwick last night while we frantically searched for her. For keeping her safe, you're now an honorary police dog."
It was reportedly cold and raining the night Aurora was missing, so it's a good thing she had Max there to protect her and keep her company—which he did literally all night.
"He never left her sight. She smelled of dog, she slept with the dog," Bennett said.
Someone make Max an honorary police dog, STAT.