We come across many stories of animal heroes who helped save and protected their owners’ lives.  Recently a blue heeler named Max in Australia guarded his beloved three-year-old companion when she wandered away from her home in the Australian Brush.

When little Aurora wandered away from her grandmother’s home, she apparently didn’t go alone. Max followed her and stayed with her the entire time, and it turned into an overnight harrowing experience.

On a Friday afternoon at 3:00 p.m., Aurora was reported missing. An initial search of the hills and woodlands surrounding the woodland area found no trace of Aurora. And then the weather got bad and started to rain.

The search began again on Saturday morning, and it was at 8:00 a.m. that they found Aurora being carefully guarded by Max.

Aurora’s grandmother, Leisa Bennett, heard Aurora faintly from a mountaintop about two kilometers (1.24 miles) from the house.

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“She found the dog first. Max led her to Aurora,” Leisa’s partner said.

Leisa said it was an emotional reunion with “a lot of tears.”

“When I heard her yell ‘GRAMMY’ I knew it was her,” she said. “I shot up the mountain … And when I got to the top, the dog came to me and led me straight to her.”

Watch the news report about this loyal dog in the video below:

A happy ending for this family. We’re so grateful for loving, loyal animal companions like Max. For his loyalty, he was made an honorary police dog. He’ll never know that, of course. All he knows is he’d do it all over again to protect the little girl he loves.

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